Ola! My favourite outdoor-cum-fashion retailer, North Face, have kindly been in touch again looking for a foolhardy runner to test out one of their new products. I say foolhardy because of the weather.
Summer looks like it might finally have arrived, but I bet my bottom dollar that when you looked out your window over the last 9 months it would’ve been a tad grey, probably a bit mizzly, and there
might’ve been a sad looking squirrel digging for all his nuts are worth. By cripes it was a hell of a winter and spring! But I kept up a punishing run to work series, for numerous reasons: it gets my daily exercise out of the way, it means I miss the ruddy Underground in London. And, oh, I was training for the Marathon des Sables and a solid slog in the morning was a great assist in this.
So I’ve been cold, and by the time the good folk from North Face issued their latest long sleeve tee to me a couple of months ago, I was ready for some running inspiration and a good reason to post another blog
The North Face Men’s GTD long sleeve T shirt is described as thus:-
“A lightweight running shirt, The North Face Men’s GTD Long Sleeved is moisture-wicking with body-mapped ventilation for optimum comfort and endurance.”
But the GTD T Shirt. Hmm, I took delivery of this in the first few months of the year and understood it was part of their Spring range. Is Spring warm or cold? Dunno.
And that’s how I felt about the GTD. Lovely to look at that it was, and as comfortable on the skin it felt, I’m not quite sure what its real purpose is. If it’s cold, you wrap up with a proper long sleeve or a windproof jacket. And if it’s warm then you put a singlet or a standard t-shirt on and off you go on your merry way
So I gave this the full treatment! It accompanied me on a session of British Military Fitness on a freezing morning at -1c. Being very lightweight it was too cold for this. So I took it out during BMF on a mizzly spring morning and yeah it did ok. It followed me then to the Sahara desert for the Marathon Des Sables and performed admirably in my sleeping bag, tucked up a temperatures of just below 10c. I used it on the last day of the Marathon Des Sables which was a 5 mile charity walk, and it was too hot! Not surprisingly I suppose…
So I had to roll the sleeves up and find out the real purpose of the GTD. During April & May of this year, it’s done about 60 km of early morning run commutes and it’s been ok on those in the sort of <10c range. Not too warm or not too cold, but I still wasn’t convinced it was a necessary piece of equipment.
However, I loved the feel of it, the fit at ‘Large’ was right for my frame and the length meant it didn’t ride up my rear from my running backpack shuffling about the place (this gets right on my goat!). I’m told by the designers and marketing spiel that it will wick away sweat, but if it’s that hot I’m going to be wearing a short sleeve!