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Updated on October 3, 2011
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?