Technical Base Layer
Price:£28.00-£40.00 (Size dependent)
On first impressions the Titan Ice T-shirt is very comfortable against the skin. As a larger person I struggle to find comfortable clothing above the range of extra large.I was glad to see how the T-shirt contoured my torso yet never clinged too neatly against me. Secondly I noticed that the material had tiny perforations throughout the garment.
These perforations I found out are part of Colombia’s Omni-freeze zero range (more about that later).
Tech / Materials Overview
The Columbia tech t shirt comprises two proprietary technologies, Omni Freeze and Omni Wick.
Omni freeze is a cooling technology. The garment is covered in tiny perforations which enlarge in reaction to sweat to allow heat to escape.
Omni wick, as its name suggests is a wicking layer for moisture transport.
While we didn’t subject either of these technologies to a technical / lab analysis, the garment remained cool and wicked well during exertion in hotter temperatures.
Like any synthetic garment it will smell a little after a while, and while this t shirt doesn’t stay as fresh as merino, it definitely doesn’t develop the same funk as a standard polyester base layer, possibly due to the good wicking performance.
Time will tell whether or not the omni-freeze mesh poses a durability issue. Look for a six month update further down the line. For now the tee is showing no signs of untoward wear.
I always tend to remain sceptical when confronted with marketing claims about wicking, breathability etc. The Columbia technical t shirt does remain fresh and cool during use however.
As a larger individual I find temperature control an issue during exercise. I often find I sweat heavily during exertion, only for this to have a cooling effect when I stop. The Titan’s wicking performance has been effective in handling this.
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