Whether you’re enjoying the great outdoors close to home this summer, or are off on a distant adventure, having comfortable sporty clothing items are part of the recipe for enjoyment. Versatile pieces that can take you from the trail to a socially distanced backyard barbecue don’t have to be fancy—they just have to perform well and look good.

I’ve worn some of my more favorite tanks and shorts during this pandemic year-and-a-half, and it recently became time (or past time) to replace them. Among my new casual wardrobe are the North Face’s Women’s Wander Tank and Wander Short.

Both have fabric made with recycled polyester and FlashDry-XD, which is engineered to act like a second skin against the body, pushing moisture to the surface of the fabric and eliminating it as quickly as possible, keeping you dry, cool, and comfortable during high aerobic activities. It adds increased abrasion and snag-resistance for durability and performance in challenging conditions. The stretchy fabric doesn’t limit your range of motion, has a soft and natural hand feel, and it provides UPF 50+ sun protection.

The lightweight tank has a standard fit—not too tight and not too loose. The higher neck offers more coverage than many tanks with a scoop neck, however may make you want to consider sizing up if you have a bigger chest. The shorts have an elastic waistband with an internal draw cord for an adjustable fit, and two drop-in hand pockets. There’s even a concealed zip pocket on one side.


The women’s Wander Tank comes in TNF black, bolt blue, Monterey blue, Maui blue heather, TNF medium grey heather, misty jade heather, horizon red heather, and pearl blush heather, and lists for $35 on The North Face site. The women’s Wander Short comes in TNF black, blackberry wine, bolt blue, Monterey blue, emberglow orange, and misty jade, and lists for $45 on The North Face site.

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