IR - tasc Level A shirt - Andy Henrichs
- Hi Larry,
Here is my IR for the Level A shirt. The html can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/d47z4yf. Thanks for the edits!
tasc Performance Level A Short Sleeve Base Layer
Test Series by Andy Henrichs
June 27, 2012
Initial Report - 6-27-12
Name: Andy Henrichs
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 185 lb (83.9 kg)
Email address: andyhenrichs(at)gmail(dot)com
City, State, Country: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Most of my backpacking has been in the mountains of Colorado and the deserts in the southwestern US. I have gone winter camping several times but I still prefer backpacking in the warmer months. Most of my trips are 2-3 days, but I have taken several trips of 5-6 days. In the summer of 2004, I was fortunate enough to have thru-hiked the 476 mile Colorado Trail over 35 days. Recently, I have been leaning towards the lightweight side of the spectrum.
Manufacturer: tasc Performance (tascperformance.com)
Year of Manufacture: 2012
MSRP: Not Available
Manufacturers Stated Weight: Not listed
Measured Weight (size L): 5.0 oz (141.7 g)
The tasc Performance Level A Short Sleeve Base Layer
The tasc Performance Level A Short Sleeve Base Layer is a T-shirt constructed of 65% viscose from bamboo, 30% merino wool, and 5% elastane. It's a very lightweight garment (I can actually see through it when it is stretched slightly). According to the packaging, the "A" stands for All Weather. It states that this category is intended for all conditions, intense activity, and serves as a lightweight regulation layer. Other features described on the packaging include:
Comfortable - The most comfortable performance layer on the planet.
Dry - Transfers moisture away from the skin and dries fast for top performance in all environments.
Regulating - Works with your body and adapts to keep your temperature stable in all conditions.
Anti-Odor - Bamboo and Merino fibers naturally resist odor for protection that doesn't fade over time.
The shirt itself is a solid color (black) with exterior gray stitches circling both underarm panels. These gray stitches also run along the front and back of the shoulder. There is a screen-printed-type tag in the usual interior location of the shirt with a logo, size, material information, and care instructions. Additionally, there is a small patch sewn to the lower left exterior of the shirt with another logo. This piece of material also advertises that the shirt is constructed of bamboo and merino wool.
The inner tag
The lower left patch
The material feels very soft to the touch, but seems slightly itchy when I actually put it on. After wearing it for a just a few minutes, I really didn't notice the itch anymore. The two things that stand out the most to me while wearing this shirt is its length and its snugness. The shirt extends about 7.5 in (19 cm) below my waist. I rarely wear my shirt tucked in while I'm active, but I've found that this shirt will stay tucked in regardless of how far above my head I'm reaching. As I mentioned previously, this shirt is more snug than I was expecting. I have a 42 in (107 cm) chest and, according to the sizing chart on the packaging, the large Level A shirt is designed for a 42-44 in (107-112 cm) chest. The shirt material blend is quite stretchy and, despite its snugness, is not uncomfortable. Maybe this snugness will just be motivation for me to get outside more often and drop a few pounds. The large underarm panels seem well-designed in that they eliminate any stitches in the underarm area, which will hopefully minimize or eliminate chafing.
One of the generously-sized underarm panels
This concludes my Initial Report. Please check back in approximately four months for my Long Term Report.
Thank you to tasc Performance and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test this shirt.
- Sorry, it looks like the url got messed up. Here it is again. http://tinyurl.com/d47z4yf
- Hi Andy, I'm stepping in for Larry until he gets power restored. Just one edit and a couple of comments. Ray, if your reading, could you comment on the MSRP? I posed.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "a_henrichs" <andyhenrichs@...> wrote:
> Hi Larry,
> Here is my IR for the Level A shirt. The html can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/d47z4yf. Thanks for the edits!
> In the summer of 2004, I was fortunate enough to have thru-hiked the 476 mile Colorado Trail over 35 days.
Edit: need metric conversion for 476 mile. BTW sounds like an awesome hike!
> MSRP: Not Available
Comment: not sure where Ray found the MSRP but he has it as $28 (US). I may need to go back and edit Ray's for including it. I know the shirt is not on the website yet but maybe he found it on the hang tag?
There is a screen-printed-type tag in the usual interior location of the shirt with a logo, size, material information, and care instructions.
Comment: would be a nice touch to spell out the care instructions. I do like the photo you included though.