Spring is in the air now that most of the snow has left the country! Unless of course, you live in Florida where it’s been 90 degrees for the last month and a half already and the only Winter we know is the dolphin from that movie my kids like. Thanks to the good fortune in my choice of places to live, the Truewerk B1 Sun Hoodie and Truewerk T1 Werkshort are a match made in heaven.
This is the company that makes technical gear for the industrial athlete. That thread continues with their lighter-weight gear designed for summertime. (Cue Kenny Chesney and pass me a Corona!)
Truewerk B1 Sun Hoodie
I know what you’re thinking, who needs a hoodie for the summer? I wondered the same thing when I saw the name. The first thing to keep in mind is that “hoodie” merely means the presence of a hood. The Truewerk B1 Sun Hoodie starts off very similar to my running and cycling tops. It’s a dry-fit style material that’s a bit more durable than the smooth weaves of running gear. This is mainly due to a more heavy-duty weave and stronger stitching.
100% polyester material ensures that sweat and water are wicked away from your body. Additionally, it carries a UPF 20 rating, blocking up to 93% of UV rays. The slightly thicker material is offset by a weave that makes the shirt ultra-breathable – especially compared to cotton.
The Truewerk B1 Sun Hoodie fits loose, accentuating the breathable material. The hood may be a bit of a curiosity at first. Personally, I think it could make you look a bit like a hi-vis thief… Keep in mind the two-fold purpose though. Primarily, this is a breathable, comfortable shirt that you can easily push up the sleeves on. Secondarily, it protects you from the sun. The hood is there to do that for your head, keeping you from going all Boss Hog and becoming a redneck.
The hood is intentionally designed large to fit over a helmet if you’re wearing one. Whether you are or not, a snap below your neck will offer a slightly tighter fit to combat the wind.
The Truewerk B1 Sun Hoodie is my favorite piece that they’ve produced so far. Push up your sleeves during the day and get to work. When the sun is really brutal, pull them down for protection and you can avoid being overheated. Wear it, wash it, and put it right back on top of the pile to wear again. If they had seven different colors, I might wear a different one every day and get rid of my other shirts completely.
Truewerk B1 Sun Hoodie Specifications
- Material: 100% polyester
- Sizes: Small – 3XL
- Colors: Dark Heathered Gray, Viz Green, Light Heathered Grey, Sage, Viz Yellow, Ice Blue, Viz Orange, Heathered Olive
- Style: Hooded long-sleeve shirt
- Pockets: none
- Price: $79