Watson’s Performance Long Sleeve Top & Long John Bottoms

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I  recently received a pair of Watson’s Performance medium weight Long Sleeve Top, & Long John Bottoms, in the mail from Chateau Lingerie Mfg. Inc., in exchange for a review. I accepted these items with plans to use them as base layers for upcoming GoRuck challenges during the colder months.

Both the top and the bottoms are purely synthetic pieces, made from 85% Micropoly and 15% Spandex. The Spandex allows for a 4-way stretch, which means the pieces should fit comfortably, and close, next to my skin, which will allow me to easily layer other clothing items over these pieces. As well, being that these are made from 100% synthetic materials, they should quickly wick any moisture away from my skin to help keep me dry, and warm. This is important, as pretty much all GoRuck challenges entail getting wet, no matter how cold it is outside!

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Just as many other synthetic pieces, these also have a microbial treatment applied to them, which should “control the growth of bacteria, keeping the garment fresh and odor free.” This is always a nice thing, however, in my experience with other synthetic pieces, it is very short-lived, so it will be interesting to see if the folks from Watson’s have created a truly odor-free synthetic layer. On a lesser note, these pieces are only offered in black. This is fine by me as well-being that the GoRuck challenges take place at night, so dark colors are preferred.

Upon close inspection after removing both pieces from the packaging material, I find both the top and bottoms appear to be well made. All the stitching appears to be straight, with only a few loose threads here and there, but no separations, or any areas that would warrant any sort of concern. The material feels soft and silky next to skin, and is what I would describe as a “medium-weight” piece. As well, the pieces certainly do stretch, in all directions. And of course, weight… in a size large, the top I received comes in at 7.6 oz (216 g) and the bottoms come in at 6.2 oz (176 g).

These pieces are pretty straight forward pieces, however, there are a few features which are nice. The bottoms have a gusseted crotch to allow plenty of room for where it counts, and a 1 inch wide elastic waist band, which allows for a comfortable fit around my waist. As for the top, it also has a raised collar, which extends up the neck about 2 inches, and should help keep my neck warmer, and even keep drafts from sneaking in around the collar. Another nice feature on the top is that there is even a drop tail. This keeps the back of the shirt from riding up to far, exposing a sliver of my backside! And as expected, there is a Watson’s logo printed in silver just under the waist band, next to the crotch area on the pants, and another one in the dead center of the raised collar on the shirt. (These logo’s are not reflective though.)

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The raised collar on the shirt. Also note a few loose threads.

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Notice the drop tail on the bottom hem of the shirt!

As I mentioned, I went with a size large in both pieces. Here are some of my personal measurements:

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 173 lbs
  • Chest: 41.5″
  • Waist: 38″ (measured with a tape around my waist line)

I would describe the fit on both of these pieces as more of a slim fit, as opposed to form-fitting. The shirt fits closer to skin in some places (such as around my forearms, my chest and waist), and in some places, is a bit looser (such as around my torso, and the neck area). The pants seem to have a closer fit throughout my legs, except for around my knees. The crotch area is cut nice… however, the backside seems to have an awkward fit. They seemed to be a little overstretched around the bottom side of my bottom… if that makes sense. Anyway, this is not enough to keep me from wearing them, but is worth noting. Overall though, I believe a size medium in the shirt would have worked fine for my needs, and still not been too tight to be uncomfortable. I believe that the pants are the correct size for me.

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Also worth noting on fit, the sleeves on the shirt are long enough to cover my hands all the way to my knuckles, which is a good fit for me personally. The inseam on the pants are actually a little long by about an inch for me (I usually wear a 32″ or a 33″ inseam in my pants), but again, not too long so that it is bothersome.

Overall, I am happy with these layers, and think that they will meet my needs, however, time will tell…

I would like to thank Deep Creek PR, as well as Watson’s for giving me the opportunity to use these pieces this winter season!

~Stick~

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Watson’s Performance Long Sleeve Top & Bottoms for free from Chateau Lingerie Mfg. Inc. as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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2 Responses to Watson’s Performance Long Sleeve Top & Long John Bottoms

  1. Did you feel like they would “breath” ok? Meaning as you move around and become active would they allow air and out and not just stifle you?

    I love wearing long johns for layering as they allow maximum movement, but I always feel stifled by heat when I become active as they are just not breathable.

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    • Stick says:

      Jeff,

      Obviously, I have yet to use them while being active, however, I think the will breathe “ok.” Although, my standards of “ok” and yours may be a little different… As for the pants, for me, that would be a nonissue as my legs seem to be a bit insensitive to being “too hot” or “too cold” unless it is pretty extreme. My top on the other hand is a bit more sensitive, but I think these will still be “ok.” If anything, the collar around the neck may make things a bit “stifling” but I wouldn’t use this piece unless I knew it was going to be cold, so in this situation, it would likely be a bit welcoming.

      My biggest interest in these is how warm will they keep me after I have been in a standing body of water, in cool temps. As I mentioned, the GoRuck challenges all pretty much entail getting in water, despite the temperatures. I had planed on doing a challenge in December, but due to some neck problems, I have had to move it, and I may be doing it in March now… However, by feel, I think that these will do a good job at drying out fast when active and wet, in cool temps…

      Hope this helps some!

      ~Stick~

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