by Diane Spicer
This Title Nine hiking clothing review was written to give you the details on a shirt and shorts combo for female hikers.
Is this clothing suitable for the trail?
Before we answer that question, a few disclosures.
The hiking apparel was received free of charge from Title Nine.
All of the comments and opinions in this Title Nine hiking clothing review belong to Hiking For Her.
HFH is a Title Nine affiliate, which means two things:
In other words, you discover great clothing for your outdoor adventures, Title Nine earns a great customer (you!), and HFH has fun sharing all the details on good trail wear.
Now let's start answering that question!
I demand high performance from my hiking outfits, and I'm willing to bet you do, too.
That's why every Hiking For Her review starts off with the down and dirty details on materials and design.
This one is no different, so let's get to it.
The fabric is what KUHL calls "bi-component", a blend of 68% cotton and 29% nylon with a bit of spandex.
What does that mean to you as a hiker?
That all adds up to fabric that can keep you comfortable and protected as you tackle stream crossings, crawl through blowdowns, perch on a rock at a viewpoint - you know, all the fun stuff you get to do on a hike!
The fabric in this shirt is 82% poly/14% cotton/4% spandex, with something called drirelease (for faster drying), a registered trademark of Optimer Brands.
This Title Nine hiking tank top is available in sizes XS - XL.
It promises a lot for $29 (US):
Now that we've got a clear picture of what this hiking clothing offers, let's set the scene for the review.
Ideal trail conditions for shorts and a sleeveless shirt:
Luckily, along came an 83F day in May, which is a weirdly hot day in the Pacific NW.
Perfect for testing the moisture wicking, breathability and comfort levels of this cute hiking outfit!
The shorts hit just above the knee (11 inch inseam on a 5'3' frame), which makes sense for hiking through brushy areas or doing a lot of uphill work.
The shorts are what I would call mid-weight.
I didn't hesitate to plop down on a granite boulder and rest against it, wearing this hiking clothing.
I also splashed through a creek and got the bottom of these shorts wet - and I learned that they dry quickly on a warm day!
These high quality, well constructed shorts handled the sweating, the dirt, the motions every hiker makes on the trail, and managed to look good at the end of the hike.
The sleeveless Vibe shirt has a generous under arm cut, providing plenty of freedom for putting on a backpack, using trekking poles, or reaching for a handhold on a steep trail section.
Although my back and neck got sweaty (per usual on a hike), the shirt sopped up the moisture so I didn't feel clammy when I was in the shade (a notorious flaw in regular cotton shirts).
And I noticed that after lunch, the shirt was dry already - comfortably ready for the trek back to the trailhead.
The plethora of pockets!!
Two pockets sitting at the waistline are rather shallow, just right for a few energy chews to pop into your mouth, or your SPF 30 lip balm.
The front thigh pockets are cargo style, nicely tailored and roomy enough for car keys or a snack.
The back pockets are smaller than the thigh pockets, but plenty big enough for whatever you prefer to stash back there.
The Vibe tank top felt buttery soft against my skin, which is welcome when I'm sweating buckets and want to avoid chafing.
The neckline was just right under my backpack, not too revealing when bending over, and not binding.
The longer contours of the shirt protected my waistline from any rubbing from my backpack's hip belt - no riding up while walking, either.
And such a pretty color!
We all have unique preferences, not to mention contours.
Because these clothes are designed and tested by women, you won't run into some of the usual sizing issues.
In my experience, both the shirt and shorts run true to size, but be sure to take a close look at the Title Nine sizing chart before you order.
I offer a few additional notes about sizing in this Title Nine hiking clothing review to help you figure out if this is the right trailwear for your next hike.
Heads up: The arm holes on the shirt have a generous cut.
I love the freedom that gives me, but you might think it gapes a bit.
If you prefer looser clothing for hot weather hiking conditions, consider going up one size.
These shorts have a fitted feel that might be too binding in your regular size for sweaty legs working hard on a hike.
Because I like my hiking clothing on the roomy side, I went up a size and was quite satisfied with the fit of the waistband and leg room.
Read the thorough reviews left by customers on the easy-to-navigate Title Nine website.
Each reviewer not only shares her experience with the clothing, but also lets you know whether or not her experience might fit your situation by revealing:
Title Nine was named intentionally in 1989, to highlight the federal civil rights amendment passed in 1972 requiring gender equality in all aspects of public education.
This page takes you to the pre- and post-Title IX statistics, showing big gains in education and sports for women.
It also highlights some amazing female athletes you've probably never heard of, despite their important groundwork.
Title Nine stands behind their clothing to give you the feel and fit you're looking for as a hiker.
Love that amazing guarantee!
Under that comfy, moisture wicking shirt you're going to need an equally comfy, moisture wicking bra.
Title Nine offers you lots of options for that unicorn called "comfortable, high performance sports bra".
It's tough to find the right combination of hiking shorts that can stand up to trail grit paired with a high performance wicking shirt that feels good.
But this combo nails it.
Title Nine offers you highly suitable clothing for your next warm weather hike, for all sorts of reasons: moisture wicking and fast dry fabrics, comfortable fit, nice details...
But why save it for hiking days?
This pairing of shirt + shorts is going to be pressed into service for trips to the grocery store, leisure time at my favorite coffee shop, and daily neighborhood walks.
Plenty more great hiking clothing options for you at Title Nine, so hop on over and take a look.
Title Nine Hiking Clothing Review: Shirt + Shorts
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