Gear Review

4 5

Sweet shirt!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've now had two of these - here's why:

When I first ordered the Roam, I spent some time chatting with a Backcountry rep online. We discussed Stoic sizing. I wear a medium in most Stoic outerwear - the Bombshell, the Hadron, the Luft - and he explained that this should fit the same. Not even close! I received the medium Roam at the office and tried it on. Immediate memories of Chris Farley in Tommy Boy come to mind. Except I'm not fat. I swear! But, I couldn't even come close to buttoning the thing. So, return and exchange for a large. Perfect fit! I'm 5'10" with about a 41" chest, for comparison's sake.

The fabric is very cool. It does have a bit of a synthetic feel to it, but I expected that. The stretch is the nice part. It's not loose stretch. It feels like it has some serious strength to it.

I chose the Forest color. It's a bit richer in color than it appears in the photo, but the tone is spot on.

I planned on using the Roam as a mountain biking and camping shirt, but it's slick enough to wear around town as well, even if my wife doesn't think so...