Kit: Columbia Omni-Dry® Mountain Tech™ T
Outdoor clothing giant Columbia aren’t exactly a household name (yet?) in running, but certainly have some of the best high-trail and hiking gear on the market. Still, it’s good to see that they are making strides in the hills, when it comes to running product…
Their Ravenous shoes have had some pretty positive feedback, and now they are pushing their Titanium apparel as a great product for running, especially on the trails and in the mountains.
Hailing from this range is the Columbia Omni-Dry® Mountain Tech™ T, available in a range of colours, and through mens and womens ranges.
On the run
The bumph states:
Stay in complete comfort during active pursuits with the Columbia Omni-Dry® Mountain Tech™ T-shirt.
- Polyester jersey fabric with Omni-Dry™ treatment pulls away moisture quickly and speeds drying
- Fabric provides UPF 15 sun protection, shielding skin from harmful ultraviolet rays
- Antimicrobial finish keeps odors at bay
- Machine washable for easy care
So, lets see. As you know we here at MST don’t do the old photo shoot reviews that some peddlers will have you swallow, and we don’t just try the stuff on once, have a jog and rate kit. We wear kit (or shoes) a lot, then run in it, a lot, then tell you as objectively as possible what we think.
First thing to add to this is that the ‘wickability’ of this shirt is excellent. I wore it for the first time under a light jacket, as it was chucking it down, I got wet, then took off the jacket after the rain stopped, and the shirt was comfortably dry in about 15 minutes – whilst I was still running I might add.
The weight is good too. The Omni Dry material feels pretty mid-weight to me, so it’s not feather-like, but equally it provides a bit of warmth and will, I suspect, be a good autumn / spring shirt as we as summer. The rear vent material is really good too, especially for those of you who wear bags or hydra packs. Again, this harks to Columbia’s heritage in the mountains.
Other runs have been in warm conditions, ans the shirt performed impeccably, was comfortable and again wicked the moisture away really quickly.
Perhaps the best aspect of this shirt, for me, was fit. I am a little light-weight and I have to admit that I like my kit close-fitting. The medium that I was provided was perfect, and with a very slight ‘drop-tail’ the garment felt great.
Priced at just £20, this shirt is about right in the market, and certainly good value. we suspect that the robust construction and material weight will ensure that this shirt (although probably aimed at the summer market) could across three-seasons and thus represent really good value.