I wore the Vast Terrain Via Top most often for my training runs in January and February, It’s quickly become the base layer I like the most. It’s very comfortable, true to fit and stretches just right. It’s fit is flattering and it’s comfortable to wear by itself as well. I have a long torso, this shirt wasn’t short on me! It’s always a let down to get a shirt that doesn’t cover my belly! The length is perfect. My favorite detail is the thumb holes, the first thing I looked for when I first put it on! The Lux feel in the description is a nice bonus. It is such a soft fabric. I’ve washed and washed by shirt and the lux feeling still remains. My shirt still looks new after wearing and washing for two months. The odor control is also wonderful as many a runner knows how frustrating this can be. My top has remained odor free, none of my friends complained of BO when I was out running in the group either.
The Vast Terrain Via Top isn’t just made for base layering outside. It’s also great gym attire. With the breathable fabric and perfect stretch, it’s a must for every gym bag. Vast Terrain also has Aeris Techical Tanks made out of the same fabric if long sleeve is too warm for you.
Vast Terrain is a quality product I would highly recommend. It has been keeping me warm on the cold running days (high 20’s-45 degrees) yet is breathable enough to not feel too hot as I got warmed up. The arms are stretchy enough to move up my arm as I got warmed up on those days closer to 50 degrees.
Tung: I got to test Vast Terrain’s Ascent Long Sleeve Top, which I think is basically the men’s version of the one that Julie tested. I’ve worn this shirt on several runs over the past two months, in weather ranging from sub-freezing with remnants of snow on the ground to sunny and mild. That’s a lot of variance, even by Pacific Northwest standards, and it’s a testament to the Ascent Long Sleeve Top that it held up on all of the runs. On frigid mornings, it worked as a baselayer that kept enough of body heat without causing overheating when paired with a fleece top, and on the milder days, it worked well by itself.
About those thumb holes…. I finally noticed them after having worn the shirt about three times. I think I overlooked them before because I was wearing gloves a lot of the time. Still, it’s a nice feature to have.
The polyester/spandex blend gives it just a bit of stretchiness for a sleek and comfortable feel. The sizing is pretty true. I’m 5’10”, and the medium fit me perfectly, especially in the length (just below the waist). What I also like about the Ascent Long Sleeve Top is that it’s sedate enough in coloring and design that it can be worn as an everyday casual top.
Finally, one neat thing about Vast Terrain is that the company believes so much in its transparency policy that it actually tells you on the website the “true cost” of the product, including a breakdown of labor, transportation, labor, design, and fabric/material. Quality running apparel isn’t necessarily cheap, but it helps to see what goes into the final price.
- Via Long Sleeve Top/Black ($62)
- 92% Polyester/8% Spandex
- Ascent Long Sleeve Top/Nightshadow ($68)
- 92% Polyester/8% Spandex
More about Vast Terrain:
At Vast Terrain our love for sport is only equaled by our desire to build a truly American brand. We do this by taking an approach which is different than most other activewear brands. We use only the best proprietary fabrics, make our products wholly in the USA, provide transparency around the people and places that make our products, and then offer them directly to you without the retail markup.
Our performance fabrics are developed by us in partnerships with the best specialty American factories and mills. Each piece merges function and style for optimal performance whether you are in the gym or mountains. Clean lines and a tailored fit characterize each collection.