You never know when you'll get the chance to practice some yoga poses—your dentist's waiting room, the line at the coffee shop, the break room at work—either way, you'll be ready to duck into some downward dogs and happy babies wherever you go when you wear the Prana Men's Orion 1/4-Zip Shirt. Its fabric is moisture-wicking, breathable, and has flatlocked seams, so you won't be tempted to throw it off when your pre-root canal yoga session starts to heat up.
- Moisture wicking
- Regular fit
- 1/4-zip mock neck
- Flatlocked seams
- Reflective details
- Item #PRA00L8
- Q & A
Lightweight, breathable, comfortable
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
The 1/4 zip Orion is a thin, breathable long sleeve shirt. It is almost surprisingly light weight, to the point where you barely feel it on you. It definitely would feel at home in a yoga studio or bar, though I might hesitate to take it out into nature.
Style: When I first tried on the Orion, I was surprised at how nice it looked. What I mean by that is this shirt does not come off as athletic wear, it looks more like a sweater. There are no visible accent marks, save the subtle red collar liner, and the texture of the fabric reads less as polyester and more as some natural fiber my mom probably knows the name of. That said, I found the cut very flattering, and this shirt makes me look like I have a job. I don't know how to describe colors well, but the blue is like, real nice.
Fit: I have a pretty generic build, though I'm a bit on the slim side for climbing season. I am usually a small in Prana shirts and pants. The medium of this fits me perfectly, which makes me think it might run a little small, but as an outer layer, it might be I just like it a little looser. It's not a particularly tapered cut, but just enough that it follows the body. I have a neutral ape index (height and arm span are more or less equal) and the arm length seems dead on, but I usually push the sleeves up onto my forearms, where it stayed well and seemed unlikely to stretch. I have a large chest and back and I had no problems with the size of the arm holes.
Technical: As someone who spends a lot of time in nature or thinking about being in nature, I tend to evaluate clothes based on how they'll work in the wild. This shirt is very lightweight and incredibly breathable, I wore this on a hike with a pack in 80 degree humidity and it barely felt like it was there, but it definitely kept off the mosquitoes and sun. Obviously as a trade off, this means it won't provide much warmth or do anything to cut down on the wind. The material is plenty stretchy, so I never felt restricted moving in the shirt. My biggest worry is how long it will maintain it's fancy sheer. One of the ways the shirt attains it's weight is with a fairly loose knit, and I was pretty worried about it catching on gear, rocks, or even my tattered calloused hands. There were already a few small pills after a hard weekend. For a shirt at this price, I would be really disappointed to pull a large run in it, so I'll probably be a little gentler with it in the future. I've owned shirts in this genre with a completely different fabric that does not feel nearly as likely to catch or pull. On the other hand, this shirt looks a lot nicer, and I'd like to keep it that way.
Summary: As soon as I put this shirt on, I thought "I look good." The Orion would probably be a step up from what I normally wear to work, and makes me look much more professional when I'm taking pictures; people might think I'm a real photographer. The shirt is comfortable and stretchy and is at home anywhere from work, to the bar, to the yoga studio. I would keep it far from the stress of the outdoors if you want it to last, on the other hand, the next time I go to the desert or to somewhere humid, this shirt is coming with me.
I was provided this shirt by prana in order to review it.