The Arcteryx Phasic Evolution Crew Short Sleeve is a lightweight technical tee. With excellent stretch and next to skin comfort it's ideal for walking, biking or climbing.
Phasic FL-X fabric combines durability with moisture management and has a comfortably soft next to skin feel. Gusseted arms provide a no lift comfort with great freedom of movement whilst flatlock seams ensure comfort even when wearing a pack or harness. The tee ensures an all day freshness with a DAO anti-odour treatment and also protects from harmful UV rays with a UPF rating of 30+.
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I chose the Cypress (subtle green) in a small & it's a good, tailored fit (although not overly snug) - Arcteryx class it as a "trim" fit (so that's 2 on their scale of 1 to 5 with the larger number being defined as the baggier garment).
Facewest's stated weight of 185g is wrong though - mine was smidgen under 100g making it a very practical choice for summer back-packing. Ditto the UPF - the tag on the shirt states 50+ whereas the listing says it's 30! - Facewest note: Thanks Dr G, we had the weight wrong and have now corrected the page. Arc'teryx still advertise the UPF as 30 though the label says 50! Will contact them for some clarity and update.
The flat-locked seams are comfortable & it wicks well whilst the logo isn't overly loud.
TBH, I found it to be very similar both in style & comfort to Arcteryx's Phase SL crew SS (also sold by FW) although the Phase is about 15g lighter. Wearing them, there's little to compare in fit or comfort - I like them both; having a soft, stretchy feel that almost encourages movement.
In fact the only reason I've docked a star is because I don't understand why this shirt is 10 pounds more than the Phase as apart from the colour, they're virtually identical.
Still recommended though!
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