Athleta is well-known for its extensive line of functional, yet fashionable fitness gear. Most pieces come in a wide range of colors and sizes, from XXS to XL, and are tailored with a woman’s figure in mind.
The Athleta Cartwheel Half-zip Top could be described as one of those apparel items that you don’t realize you need until you order it and start wearing it everywhere. Touted as a four-season top, this outer layering piece is a cross between a high-tech long-sleeved shirt and a zip-up jacket. Featuring a half-zip and mock neck, this flattering, semi-fitted top has flatlock seams and is comprised of Cooltech®, a sweat-wicking fabric that also is rated UPF 50+. A small zippered pocket in the back is convenient for keys and identification. A minor quibble: The manufacturer describes the zippers as “locking” for a no-bounce effect, but the shirt we received had plain zippers, which did bounce during activity.
The Athleta Cartwheel Half-zip Top is a versatile piece that can be thrown over a tank top on the way to yoga class or as a top layer for an outdoor run on a cool autumn day. The fabric is soft and effective in keeping sweat away from the body, although it does tend to wrinkle (so don’t shove it in your gym bag in the morning and expect it to come out pristine at the end of the day). This top comes in several colors with contrasting interior collar and tends to run slightly large, particularly through the torso.
What we liked:
- Versatile layering piece
- Comprised of sweat-wicking, UPF 50+ rated fabric
- Flat seams and flattering lines
What we didn't like:
- Zippers were non-locking
- Tends to wrinkle
October 9, 2009