ExOfficio is so well-known for its signature travel shirts and pants that people refer to adventure travelers as having “an ExOfficio look” about them. The company has branched out over the years though into items that would look just as good on a college campus or a tech company office though and this Teanaway long-sleeve shirt with a 1/4 zip is a good example.
This one looks a lot like the ExO Dri shirt I reviewed a year and a half ago if you go by the photos. The Teanaway is considerably thicker and warmer though, feeling more like a fall or winter layer than a cool night summer shirt. Both are an effective layering shirt, but this version is more substantial (and more expensive).
That’s because the fabric blend has 11% wool added to the nylon and spandex. This proprietary drirelease blend gives you the usual quick-drying, wicking properties of other ExOfficio clothing plus a bit of extra warmth and odor resistance provided by the wool.
While it looks great to just wear around town, it has plenty of features travelers will appreciate. The flat seams throughout make it rub less and the placement of the ones on the shoulders keep them off the main pressure points if you’re carrying a backpack. I really like the handy, well-made key pocket hidden on the inside bottom. It has a little fabric hook you can fasten a key to or you can just use the hidden pocket as a place to stash a credit card and cash.
The Teanaway 1/4 zip shirt is cut to look attractive on a sculpted body, but has plenty of stretch for all body types. It packs a lot of warmth into an easy-to-pack weight. I’ll be packing this on a trip to Ecuador next week for cool nights in the cloudforest of the Andes and I’m sure it’ll be my most-used shirt of the week.
This long-sleeve shirt comes in four colors and sizes up to XXL. It lists for an even Ben Franklin and probably won’t get discounted for a while. Check the ExOfficio site directly (where they do run a lot of sales) or see it on Amazon or Rock Creek. There’s also a women’s version for 10 bucks less and a men’s polo shirt version with buttons instead of a zipper.
See other ExOfficio clothing reviews here on Practical Travel Gear.