The Outdoor Research Ignitor Tee is one of the more versatile technical tops of the test, functional enough for chilly long runs, yet stylish enough for a casual night out on the town. The 100% heathered polyester offers a silky smooth feel, which made it one of the most comfortable tops, but moisture took longer to dry than with other shirts.
Comfort A perfect fit and silky soft fabric make the Outdoor Research Men’s Ignitor Tee one of the most comfortable tops tested. Out of all the shirts we looked at, the Ignitor Tee’s fit was the most comfortable: not too tight and not too loose. This allowed for excellent freedom of motion and the Ignitor Tee draped perfectly along the contours of our tester’s body.
Designed with a trim fit, the Ignitor Tee fits perfectly as a solo top or as a layer, making is the best fitting top of the test. Runners with slim to average build will enjoy nice mobility without feeling restricted. Sleeve length was perfect and rested just below the wrist, allowing testers to fully cover their hands inside the sleeves on chilly runs when gloves where left at home. The length sat a couple of inches below the waist, avoiding an exposed midsection and allowing enough material to comfortably tuck in the shirt.
Compared to others tested, the Ignitor Tee is average at wicking sweat away. The heathered polyester absorbed moisture nicely, but similar to The North Face Ambition Tee, it lacked in timely drying time.
Compared to others in the test, the Ignitor Tee’s polyester blend had good weight and thickness. It held the middle ground in terms of protection against the cold.
The Ignitor Tee is a highly technical top with extra features such as 50+ UPF guarding against harmful sun exposure during long outings. It includes a small side pocket that is perfect for gel pouches, a reflective logo and trim for better nighttime visibility, and an antibacterial treatment to help reduce odor.
The polyester body of the Ignitor was bulletproof. It would take a lot to put a hole in the polyester however; the stitching was a completely different story. It didn’t take long for thread along the seams to start to pull and unravel.