The North Face XTC Midweight Crew
The cut of this shirt is great, with plenty of length…
Fabric: synthetic wicking stuff
Price Paid: $10
The cut of this shirt is great, with plenty of length in the torso (medium-I'm 6'2" tall 186#) and the arms. The material is warm yet fast wicking. I've used it in cold weather hiking, camping, and cool weather running. The fabric is lightweight yet versatile. It held up well during a 5 mile hike with an over-loaded pack at 55 lbs.
I have two problems with the shirt. Its claimed "odor fighting fibers" are vastly inferior to my Smartwool shirt of similar weight and cut, and not much better than my cheap Duofold Champion shirt I use in similar situations. Some odor I can deal with, but this is the only fitted shirt (of several) that I own where the seams cause tender spots on my underarms. The triangle shape in the armpits created by the dual seams doesn't agree with my anatomy. It's not much more than annoying, but after several excursions in the shirt I haven't gotten used to it. When the rest of your body is sore from a good workout or tough hike, any additional and avoidable discomfort creates an exacerbated response.
Had I paid anywhere close to retail for the shirt, I would have given it 3 stars.
Here's what other sites are saying:
When you're out chasing your passions in the cold, The North Face Men's Long-Sleeve XTC Midweight Crew Top provides a solution to your layering needs. The grid-texture fabric efficiently wicks away moisture, and the flatlock seams of the XTC Midweight Crew remove chafing from your list of things to worry about. Underarm gussets allow you free range of motion and the bamboo carbon will make sure you don't stink up the tram deck.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
For sweat-wicking performance in a shirt that feels like a little more than a baselayer, The North Face's XTC Midweight Crew can't be matched thanks to Carbon from Bamboo technology and specially textured fabrics. Sweat is wicked from your skin nearly as soon as your pores produce it by moisture-seeking carbon fibers and midweight, gridded fabric that, by design, promotes breathability and evaporation.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
Comfortable trips in the backcountry all start with a solid baselayer. The XTC Midweight Crew keeps your core dry and comfortable hour after cold hour. Made with Carbon from Bamboo technology, moisture and sweat wick away from your skin, moving to the outer layer of the shirt where it quickly evaporates. Underarm gussets increase your range of motion, and a slight drop tail hem provides greater coverage while reaching upward or outward.
- The North Face refers to the men's version
For hour after cold hour, the XTC Midweight Crew from The North Face keeps your core dry and comfortable.
- EMS refers to the men's version
On Sale. The North Face Men's XTC Midweight Crew (Fall 2009 Discontinued) Specifications for the Men's XTC Midweight Crew by The North Face: Fabric: 183 g/m2 (5.4 oz/yd2) 60% biconstituent fiber (98% polyester, 2% Carbon from Bamboo), 40% polyester novelty double knit- wicking, UPF 30 Features: Carbon from Bamboo technology Crew neck Flat-locked seams for comfort Graphic on upper left bicep Underarm gusset for increased range of motion and comfort Drop tail hem Gridded fabric texture Wicking Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) 30 This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version