My favorite travel pieces combine performance with comfort with style. When it comes to tank tops, the ones I always toss in my suitcase are those that do equally well on a hike and dressed up for a night out.
With the Patagonia Women’s Gatewood Tank, that’s easily possible.
My number one favorite quality of this piece of clothing is that it’s seamless. That’s not just a figure of speech. There are no seams to rub and chafe your skin when they’re caught under backpack straps. It seems like a simple thing, but when I find it in a piece of clothing, I appreciate it.
The tank is made from 51 percent nylon (37 percent is recycled), 46 percent recycled polyester, and 3 percent spandex. It wicks moisture, so when you’re out on the trail, or running through the airport, you won’t have to worry about your clothing keeping you comfortable. That quality also makes it quick to dry when it is wet.
The Gatewood Tank also has Polygiene odor control, which permanently protects it from smelling like a locker room because it stops the growth of odor-causing bacteria. That means you can wear it more and wash it less (but when you do wash it, it dries quickly). Active only on the fabric surface, Polygiene permanent odor control doesn’t interfere with perspiration or with the skin’s natural bacterial flora. Polygiene-treated fabrics have received Medical Class 1 approval in Europe, the same class that includes bandages.
The tank’s neckline is comfortable—not too high and not too low. I wear it equally when outside on an adventure, and under a wrap or sweater at night when I need to dress things up a little.
The Patagonia Women’s Gatewood Tank comes in white, pesto, bend blue, and ink black. It lists for $49 on the Patagonia site, and it’s always in my suitcase.