Gear Review: Outdoor Research Women’s Soleil Pullover
I have a confession: I’ve never owned a fleece before. They’ve always been sort of the epitome of un-stylish. And since they really aren’t cycling gear, they don’t have much place in my wardrobe. That is, until this year when I was in an unheated farmhouse for good chunks of time during the day drinking cup after cup of tea in an attempt to stay warm. “A fleece would be great,” I grudgingly thought. And then, like an answer to my prayers, the Soleil Pullover arrived from Outdoor Research. The same color as the windbreaker I just tried from Outdoor Research, the fleece was quickly added to my rotation of tops for running, climbing and staying cozy while working in seriously chilly temperatures.
The description boasts that the Soleil is “Super packable, lightweight, quick to dry and warm.” I have to agree: it’s been with me this past month, from Massachusetts to Canada to New Jersey and back to Massachusetts again. The best part is that even when it goes through a wash cycle in the machine, the spin cycle has it almost completely dry by the time it’s done. Great when you’re in a rush!
It’s also been fantastic under the Enchainment windbreaker: just enough to turn that jacket from being good for warm windy days to being great at all but the coldest temps.
Compared to, say, a fleece from Walmart, it’s a little pricey at $75. But similar versions from the big outdoor brands—think Patagonia—are almost double the price, so it’s definitely not a dealbreaker. And if you’re more into full zips and hoods, there is a hoodie version available as well.
After almost two months of hard use and travel, this one has lasted through a lot… About to take it on a run/hike up Mount Tom, just to give it some altitude testing!
- MSRP: $75
- More info here
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