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ROXY Women's Infinity Mock Neck Fleece Top - Product Spotlight

Posted on December 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM

ROXY Women's Infinity Mock Neck Fleece Top - Product Spotlight




I knew ROXY brand for their surf/beach wear, but hadn’t realized they made cold weather gear too. I initially purchased the ROXY Infinity Mock Neck Fleece Top, in July 2014 on clearance with Backcountry.Com (*for which I am an affiliate) because it was fleece and I needed a warm base layer, but I also wanted something lightweight and not too constricting. The price was marked just right and I thought it to be a bargain purchase.


 

When it arrived we were smack dab in the middle of our triple-digit typical Arizona summer weather, but I was excitedly preparing for Hell Hike And Raft. After the Hell Hike And Raft disappointing cancellation this top got stuffed into my cold weather drawer for the next three months.


 

Our Arizona temperatures have finally shifted and we started to have some cooler weather in the early morning hours. For me, that meant it is now somewhere below 60 degrees and I’m freezing cold at 6AM.


I wear a 100% quick dry polyester tank under the Roxy top as my breathable next-to-skin layer {after a long day in the desert it’s nice to strip down to the tank under the strong Arizona sun} but still consider the Roxy top as my base layer. In much colder temps I would apply a mid layer {most likely a fleece vest) and then a top layer {still finding a favorite}.


Product Presentation


Price$23


Fit:  Five (5) Stars for Comfort ~ Fits as expected ~ allows uninhibited movement~ Body Length (armpit to hem 18in.)



Function:  Five (5) Stars for warmth and style



Fabulousness: Three (3) Stars for Fabric Failure {pilling} happening sooner than later



Purchase experience:  Five (5) Stars for Backcountry.com (s) speedy and FREE delivery


I’ve worn the ROXY top four (4) weekends in a row and I plan to wear it the remainder of what Arizona calls fall and well into our winter as long as it will hold up and continue to keep me warm. My favorite attributes of this shirt are the comfort and fit. The body length is long enough that I don’t feel exposed while scrambling, the fabric is soft and soothing, and the sleeves and mock neck keep me warm yet completely unrestricted. It has almost all the makings of a cold season layering favorite.



CONS

By the third instance of wear the outer fabric had begun to fill the entire posterior portion of the shirt with those small, fuzzy surface defects, called – pilling, a separation of fabrics during wear and/or washing.

We’ve all seen it happen and sometimes to our favorite shirt or knit pants over an extended time of wear, but this seemed to happen all too fast especially for what had quickly become one of my current fall favorites.

NOTE: pilling occurred covering the length of the posterior portion of the shirt and down the proximal portion of the arm sleeves extending from armpit to wrist.

 

I thought I followed all care instructions {wash inside out in cool water, don’t dry, don’t dry clean}, but I still can’t completely rule-out operator error. This is repeatedly, my first field-test trial with this particular textile and I will further chart and document my wash and wear routines with this specific textile upon my next field-test review.


I have found further note from an avid launderer: “Product probably should be hand washed.”

{I did NOT use the hand wash cycle nor did I ever hand wash this top}

 


Fortunately, the coyotes and Cholla cacti could care less what the material of my top looks like.



 

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