Alpkit Koulin Trail review

www.alpkit.com £25

The Koulin Trail carries the slogan ‘wear more, wash less’ thanks to the application of silver-based treatment Polygiene. The body-mapped mesh panels under the arms keep it breathable and odour-free, and the rear pocket is handy for keys and cash – although a zip would make it feel more secure. But at this price, it's hard to fault.

Verdict: 9/10
Does what it’s supposed to do at a fantastic price.

The September-October 2018 edition of Trail Running contains plenty more long-sleeve, half-zip tops reviews.

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Tribesports Engineered Zip Tee

www.tribesports.com £50

This shirt is ultra-light and fitted due to its stretchy polyamide material. It has a sporty look, reflective strips on front and back, a bright yellow zip and useful thumb-holes. The fabric is light and breathable, making it great for slower runs or as a pre-race top. After a few weeks of heavy use it still looks like new, giving it a very durable feel.

Verdict: 8/10
A great all-rounder that's lightweight and built to last.

The September-October 2018 edition of Trail Running contains plenty more long-sleeve, half-zip tops reviews.

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Salomon Agile HZ Mid Top review

www.salomon.com £50

Light but still warm – the Agile HZ is perfect for cool spring or early autumn evenings. It uses Salomon's double knit AdvancedSkin technology for warmth, but still remains breathable and lightweight. It works well on its own or in a layering system. The back is quite short and there are no pockets, but it does what it does very well.  

Verdict: 7/10
Packed with technology but slightly lacking in features.

The September-October 2018 edition of Trail Running contains plenty more long-sleeve, half-zip tops reviews.

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SPRAYWAY KARA Half-Zip Top

www.sprayway.com £50

A lightweight base layer with all the natural benefits of merino wool. It's odour-resistant and does a great job of moving moisture away from your skin to keep you cool. It's also super soft with a design that makes it ideal for both running and casual wear. The Kara could easily be paired with a waterproof outer if you need to layer up.

Verdict: 10/10
Really can’t be faulted, and for merino it’s a good price too.

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Montane Dart Zip-Neck review

www.montane.co.uk £36

Featuring powerful odour-resisting Polygiene (it’ll go a month between washes), the Dart is a soft-feeling top. The wicking properties are great and it'll work as a layer or solo shirt in all but the most brutal conditions. It may be a little heavy for super-hot weather, but it's well suited to most British hill and mountain conditions. 

Verdict: 9/10
Good shirt, great price, ready for most conditions.

The September-October 2018 edition of Trail Running contains plenty more long-sleeve, half-zip tops reviews.

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Icebreaker Zeal Long Sleeve Half Zip Top review

uk.icebreaker.com £65

Super soft meets super lightweight in a slim-fit top that refuses to smell, even after hot sweaty runs. The high-wicking merino and polyester blend works if you're too lazy to look after your running clothes properly. It's comfy to run in too, with a good cut, zip-neck collar and thumb-hole cuffs that let you layer up without the rucking effect.

Verdict: 9/10
Super soft, but could be a little short for tall runners.

The September-October 2018 edition of Trail Running contains plenty more long-sleeve, half-zip tops reviews.

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Ronhill Matrix Long-sleeve Top review

www.ronhill.com £55

Made from a fairly thick, stretchy, dimpled material, this warm top breathes and wicks well. It's suitable for spring or cooler summer days and is water-resistant in light showers. The small, zipped pocket is big enough for keys or cash, and the fold-over cuffs will keep your hands warm in the cold. Relaxed fit, but the material is quite clingy. 

Verdict: 8/10
Warm, breathable, wicks well, but needs a bigger pocket.

The September-October 2018 edition of Trail Running contains plenty more long-sleeve, half-zip tops reviews.

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New Balance Heat Half-zip review

www.newbalance.co.uk £65

Soft to the touch, this is the kind of long sleeve that serves two roles. On cooler mornings it’s the top of choice, but it also works well as a layer over a thin t-shirt. It then provides good breathable performance for most conditions. And yes, we admit we even use it for everyday casual wear such is the cut and look.

Verdict: 9/10
When style meets performance. Great.

The September-October 2018 edition of Trail Running contains plenty more long-sleeve, half-zip tops reviews.

Inov-8 AT/C Men’s Mid-Layer review

www.inov-8.com £55

Designed to cope with alpine trails, this 220g top is best worn on top of a base layer or under a shell. Made from 87% polyester and 13% elastane, it retains shape when stretched so offers good freedom of movement. The half-zip lets you regulate body temperature, making it suitable for both cool mornings and warm afternoons.  

Verdict: 8/10
Adaptable top suitable for a wide range of temperatures.

The September-October 2018 edition of Trail Running contains plenty more long-sleeve, half-zip tops reviews.

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Skins Hydravest

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Priced: £120

The new Skins Hydravest blurs the lines between compression clothing and race vest-style packs. It’s a unisex product available in three sizes with stretchy side compression straps to fine tune the fit. The vest has four front pockets: two for the supplied 150ml soft flasks and two for food or essentials. At the back there are two larger pockets, the top one fits a 1L hydration bladder (included) and the lower fits a jacket and first aid kit. The tube from the hydration system routes internally over the shoulder and is held in place by a magnet. Internally there’s a zip pocket ideal for keys and a card. It’s only available in black but features lots of reflective details.

 

In use it carries water and minimal gear well with absolutely no bounce. It’s thinly padded behind the pockets for comfort but the rest is mesh so although it covers a lot of the body it’s as vented as possible. The low profile design means it will even fit underneath a jacket if you need it to. to find more information and purchase this amazing hydravest visit:  https://www.skins.net/intl/accessories-run-hydro-back-pack.html, this link will send you straight to the tremendous hydravest, unbelievable!

BAM Long Sleeve Base Layer - women's

 The base layer in hyacinth 

The base layer in hyacinth 

Price £35

Tested by Julie brown

I've worn this top A LOT over many months and I love it. It's easy to wear with a real softness about it. It fitted well and proved very breathable, wicking sweat away in an instance - and I had a fair few sweaty runs where the weather was a bit more on the balmy side than I'd expected. I've worn it on its own  (it offers UV protection, which is a bonus) and also layered on chillier days, and it performed well in both situations. Although I don't have sensitive skin, this top is hypoallergenic so if you do, then it's worth investing. Thumb loops helped out on the colder days when I'd been stupid enough to think I didn't need gloves. 

I have washed this shirt loads of times and so far it still looks as good as new, so, for £35 this is a definite yes from me. 

For more information visit www.bambooclothing.co.uk