Sweater Season Perfection from Tracksmith

Depending on your Oregonian identity, you might either embrace or endure the shift into sweater weather. Personally, I find myself leaning towards the latter, which makes reviewing long sleeve options both a blessing and a curse.

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Packing away my short sleeves is a minor downside, but the silver lining lies when their stellar options – like the new Autumn offerings from Tracksmith.

Fells Waffle Layer

While designed with running in mind, this is sheer delight for any sweatshirt enthusiast. The waffle knit design adds a touch of visual flair, and while it’s not ultra-thick, it’s perfectly equipped to handle Pacific Northwest temperatures outside of summer. Slip into this and you’ll find the interior is a snug retreat.

Merino wool is often seen as king when it comes to performance wear. Its soft texture, moisture-wicking, and temperature-regulating properties make it stand out. Unlike synthetic materials, Merino retains warmth even when wet and is remarkably resistant to odor. For added protection in colder climates, Tracksmith’s Waffle Layer combines high-quality Merino wool with recycled polyester, delivering the best of both worlds in terms of temperature regulation and reliability.

A size-up tip generally applies to Tracksmith, and it worked wonders here. My usual L was elevated to an XL, resulting in a fit that was just right – not too loose, not too snug. Sleeve length, a usual hurdle for long-armed folks like me, was spot on. I foresee many cozy autumn days ahead.

Downeaster Crew

Next, the gray Downeaster Crew sweatshirt. It exudes a timeless, traditional charm. The gray, along with the 4 other hues, stays true to the autumn palette – no flashy distractions here. While perhaps a tad less plush than the waffle knit option, comfort is still front and center. It’s a no-nonsense, classic sweatshirt that can handle a touch more chill. Again, sizing up worked wonders for me.

It is made of 60% Merino wool and 40% polypropylene. The Merino brings its natural warmth, breathability, and odor-fighting prowess to the mix, while polypropylene steps up with enhanced moisture-wicking and insulation. What’s neat is that polypropylene holds onto heat exceptionally well and swiftly whisks away moisture, ensuring it doesn’t get absorbed by the Merino.

This dynamic duo creates a versatile top that’s a reliable outer layer for cooler days and an excellent breathable mid-layer for those bone-chilling ones.

I think this is a one to use only as a running top in a pinch – and enjoy its warmth all season long out and about. But that’s just me.

Fells Turtleneck

Now, let’s talk turtlenecks. Once upon a time, I voluntarily embraced them, but lately, they haven’t been my go-to style. That is, until I met the Tracksmith Fells Turtleneck. This one’s a game-changer for the colder months. Why fuss with a separate buff when you can have it seamlessly attached? On runs, it surprised me by keeping me warmer than I expected, thanks to its heat retention.

The material and construction are just right – not overly thick, offering the breathability needed in a running turtleneck. And yes, size up for the ideal fit.

In the realm of fall investments, these three long sleeve tops from Tracksmith are worth every penny. While their gear might be an investment, you’re investing in quality, style, and longevity. I still have pieces from Tracksmith in my closet dating back over half a decade – a testament to their enduring quality. So, if you’re in the market for long sleeves, consider these for a cozy and stylish autumn wardrobe that’ll stand the test of time.

Tracksmith Fall 2023 Collection



Fall ’23 Collection
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About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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