By Jason B
PATH projects is a new company formed in 2015 after the founder, Scott Bailey had spent years running but had been unsatisfied with apparel offered by other companies, especially shorts. The foundation of PATH projects is simple – highest quality apparel, direct to consumer and their foundation piece is their layering system for their shorts – a separate liner and short for the perfect combination. They offer liner and regular shorts, short and long sleeve shirts and various hats. This review will focus on the Cascade SS shirt. I am also reviewing the Tahoe CL 5” baseliner and the Sykes PX short and the Muir Cap and you can find them by selecting their respective link.
The Cascade SS is PATH projects take on a classic T-shirt. The Cascade features their Tencelite 19 fabric which is a sustainable fabric made from eucalyptus wood pulp. The fabric has a nice feel and is slightly stretchy. The claim that the shirt is “Extremely breathable, lightweight, anti-odor, moisture wicking, quick dry, spf +50, soft comfort, 4 way stretch, easy care.” It almost seems to good to be true.
The shirt seems to be well made. All the seams have tight stitching with no pulls or stray threads. They claim that the shirt is a bit longer than similar T-shirts. The shirt is made in the USA and retails for $36.
I have used the Cascade SS on a few short hikes and a short run and it has performed well. It is comfortable and doesn’t seem to bunch anywhere. I will be using it as my primary running shirt which should give it a good test in the hot summer heat.
I generally evaluate shirts on several criteria: comfort, durability, and smell. Some questions I will consider are – is the shirt comfortable to wear? I have a closet full of shirts, do I want to wear this one or do I have to wear it since I am reviewing it? Is it durable? The trails around here feature some areas that are thorny or can reach out and snag a shirt. How does the Cascade SS hold up? Also how does the shirt feel under my backpack? Are there any areas that chafe while running or hiking? Finally smell – they claim it is anti-odor, how does it hold up?
This concludes my initial thoughts, check back in about a month for my update.
Thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and PATH projects for providing the product for this review.