Testing the WT Tactical Windshirt

Windshirts aren’t just for golfers. Although predominately seen on the green, they have fans throughout the tactical community. Windshirts can provide wearers with wind and rain protection without weighing them down.

[The pullover windshirt proved quite the opponent for wind and rain.]

I was stumped on how best to test the limits of the WT Tactical windshirt ($99). Where should I test the wind resistance? Seeing as I do not have ready access to a wind tunnel, I decided to ask my father for a ride on the back of his Harley. Based on my prior experience riding in the wussy seat, I knew that it was quite easy to suffer from windburn whilst cruising down the interstate. (I do not recommend operating or riding a motorcycle without wearing appropriate leather protection. Road rash is not pleasant. This experiment was conducted in a controlled environment free of semis and careless drivers.)

It was drizzling the day that I hopped on the back of the Sportster, meaning I could test its wind resistance and waterproof capabilities at the same time. First, you should know that the windshirt is super light. While it does keep a certain amount of warmth in, it primarily protects your skin from suffering the aftereffects of too much wind. Based on the ride that day, I would say that I’m fairly impressed with its level of protection but the trip was rather chilly. I would suggest layering up if you intend on wearing it in a colder environment.

Regarding the rain … the windshirt performed well. My skin was dry at the end of the journey. I cannot attest to how well it would hold up in a torrential downpour, but it can easily repel moisture during a light April shower. Also, the shirt itself dries out quickly.

The shirt is a 70 denier textured nylon shell encapsulated with silicone said to provide a durable water resistance, abrasion resistance and breathability.The pullover windshirt has a zip that comes halfway down the chest. The wrists are cinched with elastic and the bottom of the windshirt can be drawn closed with the elastic cord.

One really cool feature is the stow-away hood, which can be easily rolled into the neck. The hood is snuggly fitted so it can be worn under a helmet (always to be worn when riding) or similar headgear.

Although I won’t be using it all the time, I could see myself wearing the garment on windy days in the future. Not to mention I’m partial to the MultiCam pattern.

Have you ever donned a windshirt? What environment do you think it’s best suited for?

2 Comments on “Testing the WT Tactical Windshirt

  1. Personally, I think the windshirt had lots of room. I received a size medium and I was swimming in it. However, I’m a 5’6″ female with an average build. I did have my dad try it on and he usually wears a size large (sometimes XL, sorry dad….). While it looked a bit snug, he could still move freely in it. Obviously since he was wearing a smaller size, he could only wear a t-shirt or thin long-sleeved shirt. Yet still that windshirt has gone missing…. So, I would say he found it comfortable enough to wear again. 😉 What I thought was really cool was the extra fabric in the shoulder/armpit region. From my experience, I would say that it is not slim cut and you could definitely do a little base layering here. Hope that this helped. If you do try out the WT windshirt, let me know what you think about it! My email is nora@cat5.com.

  2. How was the over all fit of the Wild Things? I have used a few different Windshirts and to date I think my older ORC PCU windshit is the best fit. I had a OTTE Super-L and it was a size large but fit more like a medium. My ORC was a large and had a nice loose fit. Does the Wild Things fit snug or is the cut more “generous” and give ample room for layering? That was a concern with the OTTE as it fit so snug that I would not have been able to wear a fleece under it. The only other level 4 I have used is the Patagonia Slingshot and it too had a smaller fit range and I required an XL in it to properly accomplish the layering I needed.

    N-

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