Stoic Breathe Composite ReviewSeptember 27, 2011
- Form fitting, with good stretch against the skin.
- Wicked like a sponge.
- Midweight design provided a good layer of warmth.
- Odor free.
- The shirt might benefit from some venting zones or mapping of fabric thickness in the armpits and other higher sweat zones.
This is a good garment to keep in the quiver for those cold days where you wear multiple layers above it, yet still stay active enough that sweat wicking is important. A champ when it comes to comfort and conformity to the skin without the bulk, on its own the Breathe Composite is well suited for rock climbing and other moderate intensity fall or springtime activities that benefit from a shirt with a tight fit.
The Stoic Breathe Composite is a form fitting 4-way stretch fabric mid weight layer made from a blend of Polyester, Nylon, and Lycra. It is available in both a crew neck and a quarter zip designed for extreme wicking in primarily colder temperatures.
When I originally grabbed the Stoic Breathe Composite, my first impression was that it was similar to neoprene, or a thin wetsuit, and I thought, “How the heck can this thing breathe?” To my surprise, during several weeks of snowboarding at Snowbird Mountain Resort in Utah, the Stoic Breathe Composite performed exceptionally well in the ability to keep me dry under several mid layers and a Gore-tex Marmot outer layer. There was no bunching of fabric due to its skin tight fit, and some of its success lies in the shirt’s stretchiness resulting in no trapped sweat zones between the skin and the layer itself. I also used the Breathe Composite for some spring bike rides in warmer temperatures and it did a great job in wicking sweat as well as shielding me from the outside elements.