by Diane Spicer
This Tough Chick Top review takes a close look at a Skirt Sports offering for Fall 2019.
Come along with me to discover how this shirt can earn its place in your cold weather hiking wardrobe.
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This long sleeved full coverage top in a subtle gray and white pattern, to pair with all of your hiking pants, workout clothes, yoga leggings, and skirts.
It's aptly named the Tough Chick Top!
This shirt's design uses a midweight fabric and a relaxed fit.
Put those 2 together and you've got a worthy component of your shoulder season layering system.
The longer length works well under a backpack or waistpack.
Raglan sleeves encase your arms in softness.
Thumbholes keep hands comfy as you grip your trekking poles on chilly mornings, or when you take a snack break in low lying cold spots along the trail.
Check out this versatile neckline: a half-zip mock turtleneck collar so you can adjust your ventilation and warmth as needed along the trail.
The half zip makes it easy to put this top on, even over a base layer.
You're going to love pulling on this shirt. It's got a soft finish both inside and out.
And the midweight fabric feels like a gentle hug on a chilly trail.
The Tough Chick Top is not closely fitted, and that's a good thing for layering.
You can use this top as a base layer under a jacket on a moist day.
But it can also stand alone as an outer layer on a dry day, with a long sleeve base layer beneath it if it's breezy.
Or throw a down vest over it for a snowshoeing adventure.
So many options with this one shirt!
In the review photos, I'm wearing a long sleeve base layer beneath the shirt, and had plenty of room for arm, shoulder and torso movements.
Note the full backside coverage.
As a hiker, I love the hand coverage!
On chilly days, gripping my poles will be easy without my knuckles seizing up.
That's a big win in my book :)
Also notice the side zips (one on each side) with handy pull tabs.
The zips open into a spacious kangaroo pouch pocket at the midline.
And when the backpack comes off, the hands go right into that roomy pocket to absorb body heat. More perfection!
Skirt Sports celebrated its 15th year on September 12, 2019.
This activewear brand uses real women as models, inclusive of all body types and skin tones, with genuine happy smiles.
To see these women modeling the clothing gives you a realistic idea of how it will fit your own curves and proportions.
If you'd like to see more photos of a "real" hiker (me) wearing their clothes, check out another review I've done of Skirt Sports pants, shirt and sports bra here.
Make room in your hiking clothes line-up for this top.
It's the perfect weight and cut for chilly fall & spring trails.
But please, don't keep this shirt confined to your hiking line-up.
Take a closer look at all of the colors and sizing options at SkirtSports!
And smile when you think of yourself as a Tough Chick on the trail ;)
Skirt Sports Tough Chick Top Review
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