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VOORMI River Run Hoody - Women's Review

A wool blend sun shirt that maintains hand usability but is less comfortable and durable than some
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Price:  $129 List | $129.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Thumb loops don't restrict hands, hood buttons, thin and lightweight, breathable
Cons:  Shrinks, wool blend fabric is scratchy at first, thumb loops a bit awkward, expensive
Manufacturer:   Voormi
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 28, 2020
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RANKED
#9 of 14
  • Comfort and Fit - 30% 5
  • Sun Protection - 25% 7
  • Breathability - 20% 8
  • Versatility - 15% 4
  • Durability - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The VOORMI River Run Hoody is a blended wool sun shirt with thumb loops instead of holes. It's thin, lightweight, and breathable, with a very functional hood you can button tight around your face. With "river run" right in the name, the Voormi is an alright choice for staying protected from the sun and maintains some warmth in chilly river waters. However, it lacks some details that would make it a truly great paddle shirt, like seams removed from the armpits. It also shrinks significantly when washed and pills easily. Though we like the idea behind it, we think this shirt has a ways to go before it's truly great.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The River Run is a 52% wool, 48% polyester blended shirt with a UPF rating of 30. It features thumb loops and a hood with a button.

Performance Comparison


Not many sun shirts are made of wool - but this one is (52% at least!)
Not many sun shirts are made of wool - but this one is (52% at least!)

Comfort and Fit


Right off the bat, this mostly wool shirt is significantly scratchier than the majority of the others we tested. This scratchiness — particularly in the seams — does abate after a few washes, but it just can't compare to most of its polyester competitors. Its women's athletic fit is less baggy than many others we tested, but the fabric is quite stretchy. Our 5'4", 120 lb main tester wore the XS. While it fit perfectly at first, after a single wash in cold water followed by air drying, it was significantly smaller, shorter, and tighter. The thumb loops, though initially odd, are actually rather comfortable. They're large and stretchy enough that they don't pull the sleeves down so far as to impair the hands. The hood is a great size — large enough to go over most ponytails and stay a little breezy, but with a button to secure it in the wind or under a helmet.

The River Run has some fairly unique thumb loops that keep the sleeves protecting your wrists without covering your hands or restricting their movements.
The River Run has some fairly unique thumb loops that keep the sleeves protecting your wrists without covering your hands or restricting their movements.

Sun Protection


With a UPF rating of just 30, the River Run is below most others we tested, but still significantly better than wearing just any old long-sleeved shirt. The hood provides neck and ear coverage and the ability to stay in place with a single button. Though we appreciate the freedom that the hands retain while using the thumb loops, that does leave the backs of the hands more exposed than other shirts. But the ability of the sleeves and hood to stay in place even while careening down class 3 rapids is a big plus.

The single button can provide extra security in breezy conditions.
The single button can provide extra security in breezy conditions.

Breathability


Though it's not the thinnest, lightest shirt we tested, the River Run is up there. It's exceptionally breathable, and you can feel any breeze come right through it. In our dryness speed testing, we poured water on each sun shirt and then laid them outside in the shade to see how long it took each one to dry. The River Run actually repelled water at first, likely due to its wool blend. However, after the water soaked in, it actually took much longer to dry than we expected from this thin garment. It does a decent job pulling sweat away from the skin, though, and that wool mixture once again helps with temperature regulation as the top dries out. Overall, we're pretty impressed at its breathability.

We were shocked to see the River Run actually resist soaking up water at first! Unfortunately  once it did  it then took longer to dry.
We were shocked to see the River Run actually resist soaking up water at first! Unfortunately, once it did, it then took longer to dry.

Versatility


The slightly curved waistline of this athletic shirt makes it an interesting fit that's better suited to thinner women. With the thumb loops that tend to dangle awkwardly out of the shirt and the loose hood on the back, the River Run isn't the fanciest sun shirt aesthetic. It definitely gives off a more "I'm going to go play outside" vibe. If you are wearing it just for athletic pursuits, it's a great choice for anything that still really needs your hands — like paddling. However, it still has regular seams running up the arms, through the armpits, and down the torso, which is less ideal for activities with a lot of arm motions — like paddling. It comes in just a few color options that are a bit on the darker side of the spectrum.

Perhaps not the most versatile shirt out there  but the River Run still has its fans.
Perhaps not the most versatile shirt out there, but the River Run still has its fans.

Durability


We admit to being a little let down by the durability of this sun shirt. The wool blended fabric is stretchy and not ripstop, like many other models we tested. It also catches easily on small branches and started to pill after just a few months of testing. Its construction otherwise seems solid, but its fabric lacks some integrity that is necessary to be a really hard-hitting outdoor adventure shirt. We're also rather disappointed at how much it shrank during that first wash, despite following all included directions and regular advisements for cleaning wool.

This thorny bush proved to be hazardous to the thin  easily snaggable fabric of the River Run.
This thorny bush proved to be hazardous to the thin, easily snaggable fabric of the River Run.

Features


The River Run has no pockets or frills. It does have thumb loops, a hood, and a single button on that hood.

Though we feel it has potential  we're not quite sold on the value of this expensive sun shirt as it is.
Though we feel it has potential, we're not quite sold on the value of this expensive sun shirt as it is.

Value


Unfortunately, the River Run is one of the most expensive sun shirts we tested. While we were very excited to see what it has to offer, we feel a bit let down for the price. It definitely has the potential to be an excellent shirt with a few improvements, but we're not in love with this iteration — or its exceptionally high cost.

Conclusion


The VOORMI River Run Hoody is one of the more unique sun shirts we tested. It's wool blended stretchy fabric is breathable and lightweight but less durable than we'd expect. We appreciate the addition of thumb loops to keep the sleeves in place without restricting hand movement, but we're less impressed by the lack of detail and comfort we want from a really good paddle shirt.

Staying protected even in the desert with the River Run.
Staying protected even in the desert with the River Run.

Maggie Brandenburg