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What was Patagonia thinking?

The concept of a lightweight, breathable, less stink synthetic shirt from top manufacturer Patagonia made a lot of sense and caught my attention. However, the end result doesn't work.

Why did Patagonia create all of those flat double stitched seams on the shoulder area and in the upper back? Probably to connect the two different fabrics together. The negative to this is that the seams get in the way big time with a pack and the skin begins to chafe where it makes contact to the seams.

The Airius T does in fact breathe very well. But after ten days in three shirts (machine washed) of climbing 14ers, running and just plain old exercising, I began to see that these shirts are made for walking or running without a pack on.

The fabric does not stink as much as the Strider T's but it's not as stink-proof as an Icebreaker Merino wool.

The Airius Ts are nice lightweight shirts, but they're not meant for anything that has to do with carrying a pack or for an activity that's rough on the fabric.