Arc’Teryx Motus Crew Neck Shirt Long Sleeve Review
May 30, 2018
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
Outstanding moisture control
Versatile as base layer or standalone
Loses stretch over time
Like most Arc’teryx pieces, the Motus Crew is a pricy yet functional piece with thoughtful design, technical materials, and a stylish look. It is perfect as a standalone top or when layered, and the Motus Crew offers better moisture management than most of the other tops tested.
Comfort One of the more comfortable tops in the test, the Motus Crew is light, airy, and smooth against the skin. Trimmer fitting shirts can feel restrictive but that was not the case with the Motus Crew. The top moved flawlessly with every stride and never felt constraining. Even when sweating was out-of-control, the shirt still felt dry.
Described as a trim fit, the Motus crew is more form fitting than other trim fitted tops tested. However, despite the tighter fit, the Motus Crew still had exceptional freedom of movement. Those looking for a slightly looser feel should move up a size. While some close-to-skin tops feel restricting, especially during arm movement, the Motus Crew does not, thanks to its stretch fabric and gusseted underarms. Like most Arc’teryx pieces, sleeve length was long, but due to the tighter fit around the forearms the sleeves would rest as placed, unless intentionally pulled down over the hands.
The Motus Crew is one of the best tops for moisture management. During warmer temps the shirt offered excellent breathability and when sweat did start to build, the top wicked nicely. Arc’teryx uses newly updated polyester that not only wicks moisture better than any other fabric tested, but dries faster as well.
Given the ultra thin profile, the Motus Crew isn’t the warmest of the bunch. Wind cut right through the fabric making this shirt perfect for those days when it’s a toss up between short and long sleeves. It also performed well as a base layer.
Despite the high price tag, you get a lot for your money. Functionally, Arc’teryx’s polyester provides the best wicking while drying faster than most other technical tops. A lot of thought was put into the design to ensure a well-fitting top. Stretch fabrics, along with stitch seam construction that reduces seam size, coupled with gusseted underarms, help to prevent the shirt from riding up during arm movement.
During the course of two months, the Arc’teryx Motus Crew did show some signs of wear. A small puncture appeared near the waist and the top’s stretch properties decreased as time went on, but didn’t affect the shirt’s functionality in any way. There were no signs of the seams unraveling or pulling during the abrasion test.