It is monsoon season in the Southwest which means two things.....hot and sticky. The temperatures climbs all day only to be complimented by a afternoon storm that floods the air with moisture. Staying cool in these months is no easy task. Luckily the guys over at Truewerk are always innovating new pieces to keep you more comfortable even when the weather won't cooperate. They recently sent over one of their long sleeve work shirts for me to put through the ringer. For the last few months I have been throwing whatever I can at it.
Truewerk send me this shirt as a 'Thank You' for using some of my images. Unfortunately right after receiving it I started a job where a uniform was required. That didn't matter much because I took one look at the shirt and decided it was perfect for mountain biking. Quite a few of the Arizona trails are partially graded rock gardens that are flanked by thorny bushes and cacti of many variety. It is common to brush a little close to these plants while riding hard. This is where the Truewerk X1 Werkshirt came into play. After thrashing down trails sometimes on the bike, sometimes on my skin the shirt has taken a beating. The K115 fabric holds up to alot of abuse on the trails. Being a work shirt, I could see how this would be great for snag prone environments. The thing is, anyone can make a tough shirt; but the real challenge involves making one that breaths. I happy to report that all though not as airy as some of my Capiline shirts, the shirts breaths much better then expected. Combining the breathability and the chest length zipper the shirt performed great in temps upwards of 108 degrees. The shirt is a synthetic fabric so it does hold some odor, but nothing more then the rest. The sleeves are long so even when reaching you have coverage. The wrist tapper to provide some over the hand protection as well. The fabric around the wrist doesn't stretch so it is nearly impossible to slide the sleeves up. The collar of the shirt is also worth mentioning because it stays up (even when the shirt is unzipped). The collar provides protection on the back of the neck and is also detailed with a reflective logo. In fact there are multiple reflective patches which is another reason the shirt is great for biking.
The Truewerk X1 Werkshirt is designed for hot weather worksites where abrasion is likely. The design features make it an ideal shirt for MTBing, or any bushwacking adventure off the job site. Combining the fabric design with the high visibility makes for a versatile piece. If you are looking for a workshirt that can serve double duty on the worksite and the trails then the Treuwerk X1 Werkshirt is worth checking out.