REI Co-op Active Pursuits T-Shirt - Women's Review
Cons: Less breathable, less versatile, slower drying speed
Manufacturer: REI Co-op
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REI Co-op Active Pursuits T-Shirt - Women's
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|Pros||Comfortable, affordable||Super comfortable, breathable, quick drying, versatile||Ultralight, super breathable, packs small, smooth and stretchy fabric||Soft fabric, flattering style, affordable||Inexpensive, comfortable fit|
|Cons||Less breathable, less versatile, slower drying speed||Heavier than some, only one small reflective decal||Delicate fabric, not as versatile||Could be more breathable, potential for chafing under arms, runs small||Heavy, slow to dry|
|Bottom Line||This affordable and comfortable running shirt lacks some of our favorite features, but is a good bargain buy||An all-around lightweight winner with high performance that can withstand endless miles||Unbelievably light and breathable, this is the shirt for hot summer days||This soft shirt is best suited to shorter runs and looks cute while doing it||A simple and comfortable running tee for your daily miles|
|Rating Categories||REI Co-op Active Pu...||Salomon XA Tee - Wo...||Patagonia Capilene...||Brooks Distance - W...||Under Armour UA Tec...|
|Drying Speed (20%)|
|Features & Versatility (20%)|
|Specs||REI Co-op Active Pu...||Salomon XA Tee - Wo...||Patagonia Capilene...||Brooks Distance - W...||Under Armour UA Tec...|
|Weight||3.95 oz (size S)||2.86 oz (size S)||1.87 oz (size S)||3.35 oz (size S)||3.81 oz (size XS)|
|Material||Polyester||89% polyester, 11% elastane||Polyester double knit||DriLayer 88% recycled polyester, 12% lyocell||100% polyester|
|Reflective Areas?||Yes, back of neck||Yes||No||No||Chest logo, logo on back|
|Seam Type||Flatlock||Flatlock||Flatlock||Flatlock||Plain seam|
|Zip Neck Option?||No||No||No||No||Yes|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Active Pursuits is a basic and affordable running shirt that ranks in the middle of the pack of our tested shirts. Nothing about it blew us away, but it delivers just enough features and comfort to have us running in it often.
The Active Pursuits tee is comfortable, but not in a way that surpasses the comfort of the many other running-specific shirts we've tested. This shirt weighs in at nearly 4 ounces for a women's size small. It is double the weight of some of the lighter shirts, and on hot days, it can feel a bit stifling and cumbersome. However, the flatlock seams are unintrusive, even beneath the weight of a fully-loaded hydration vest.
We never had any issues with chafing while exploring flowy trails in this shirt. The Active Pursuits is marketed as a trail running-specific shirt, and it delivers well for that purpose. It has a slouchy and boxy fit, but its thicker fabric offers protection from rogue branches that tend to reach out on the trails. This polyester running tee is far less susceptible to abrasions when compared to the more moisture-wicking and feather-light tees we've tested, making it a durable and comfortable choice.
The Active Pursuits shirt failed to impress us in terms of breathability, especially on steamy track days. The thicker weave of the fabric makes it harder for any natural breeze to flow through and cool your skin temperature. For alpine hiking, though, this textile served us well. Because body temperatures don't usually spike as high on hikes, the protection and coverage offered by this shirt are perfect for summer hikes at altitude.
If you are looking for a shirt that offers supreme breathability on hot days in full sun, we absolutely recommend avoiding this running shirt. However, if you want a shirt that can be comfortably worn on hikes and shady trail runs, you'll likely enjoy the weight and breathability of this shirt.
Unfortunately, the Active Pursuits shirt didn't impress us in terms of drying speed either. We gave this shirt a fair shake and tested its drying speed in the same way that we tested all our shirts; however, after nearly 45 minutes, it still felt damp and kind of soggy. It is not particularly surprising to learn that this shirt doesn't dry very quickly, as it is one of the heaviest running shirts we have tested, made from a thick polyester. Though we never had any issues with chafing while running in this shirt, its propensity to maintain moisture could cause discomfort for some, depending on what gear you're carrying and where it hits your body.
Features & Versatility
As mentioned, the Active Pursuits is a great hiking shirt. However, its sub-par breathability and drying speed make it a less than versatile choice. We survey versatility through the lens of comfortably wearing your gear under various circumstances, and this shirt just doesn't deliver. While it isn't the worst running shirt on the market by any means, its inability to cross over from cool days to hot days makes it lower on our list of favorite options.
The features of this shirt are pretty basic, and frankly, we expected more. It offers a small reflective stripe on the upper back panel, but that's all in terms of features. Unlike many shirts that offer UPF or odor resistance, this shirt lacks those extra but somewhat necessary features. That said, this shirt is priced significantly lower than its higher-scoring competition, so it makes sense that it doesn't offer the high-tech features of pricier options.
The Active Pursuits is a great value. Though it didn't score as well across the board, it is available for a much lower price than almost every other shirt we tested. If a budget buy is what you need, this shirt offers just enough to make it well worth the money.
Though the REI Active Pursuits let us down in a few metrics, it is a suitable choice for anyone looking to save money on a technical running tee. Its flatlock seams help prevent chafing, which lends itself well to long hikes. It's not the most technical running shirt, but if you want to save money and be comfy in cooler temps, this shirt fits the bill.
— Ally Arcuri
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