New England really is a great place to live – I absolutely love it here. The history, the scenery, the charm…as cheesy as all that is to say…there really is something to it.
What’s positively obnoxious, however, is the weather. Roasting-hot, humid summer days, absolutely frigid winter nights…and everything in-between. If you’re really lucky you can experience all four seasons within one week. Awesome.
From a wearability and aesthetics angle…the Breath Thermo gear nails it. The quarter-zip base layer fit like a second skin, and felt good while doing it. SUPER light, which is a bonus. Soft, comfortable, and (at least for me) pretty fitted, but certainly not compression. It fits a little small, but I think that’s on purpose. Either way, works for me.
The gloves fit well, which is a big deal for me…I’m very particular with gloves – they’ve got to be snug enough but not TOO tight, I like almost NO cuff, etc. So far I haven’t found anything warm enough or wind-proof enough…that ALSO has the touch-screen compatibility for my needy, millennial self. These met the criteria…at least, in the fit department.
Seriously though…it might as well be. The tech is pretty impressive. The short version here is…the fabric ITSELF is generating heat.
Apparently, even if you’re not really sweating, your body gives off water vapor. That water vapor is harnessed by the special “breath thermo” yarn in the clothing…which makes it… yes… literally… generate heat. (Diagrams and such here)
So…if the clothing I’m wearing is MAKING heat…maybe I don’t have to wear all the EXTRA warm layers that help me trap my own heat?
Well, I was pretty skeptical… but I tried it anyway. Considering its SO light and thin… I still didn’t trust it, so I wore it as a base layer with a full-zip running hoodie over it. Wearing THAT instead of a compression base layer was enough of a stretch…I wasn’t about to subject myself to some sort of cold-induced sickness as a result of under-dressing. I was sure IT ALONE couldn’t possibly keep me warm enough.
Within 15 minutes I was SO warm I had to ditch the hoodie. I couldn’t fully toss it… all I could do was fully unzip it, leaving it flapping in the breeze. I was dripping sweat for the rest of the run, all the way home! The gloves, too! WOW! My hands…were SWEATY!
So obviously…I’m in love.