Path Projects Gear Review
Path Projects turns one year old this month- happy anniversary to the team. They came out of the gate swinging last year with high-quality shorts and liners, and have continued that trend through 2018. You can check out our previous review here.
This review will cover some new product from their team.
Pyrenees MX LS Hooded Shirt
Get ready for a description of your new favorite running hoodie! The Pyrenees hoodie made our Best In Gear awards for 2018, and here is why- fit, feel, and functionality.
The fabric is super soft and just thick enough to block mild winds while offering +50 UV protection without feeling heavy. I was surprised by the Pyrenees ability to shield wind while remaining extremely breathable. A fabric nerd might tell you it is the “high-density yarn count” that helps block the breeze. The MX fabric also is pill resistant. I hate pilling on my gear and would guess I am not alone on that one. Who cares, if it isn’t comfortable though, amiright!? No worries, this is one of the most comfortable pieces of gear in my arsenal. If it is clean and the temps are cool, I am putting on the Pyrenees hoodie.
The Pyrenees handled temps in the low 40ºs high 30ºs F without the need of any layering. The extendable sleeves with thumbholes help regulate temperature and can be folded into the cuff once you warm up or put on gloves. Still cold? Pull up the hood; it doesn’t just cover the head- it also has a built-in neck gaiter. However, overall my favorite feature is the watch cut out. On a longer run, I was able to wear gloves and have the watch face visible without any exposed skin. The watch slit is a simple design that works well.
The hoody fits the body without being too tight. There is enough room to layer a shirt under the Pyrenees without feeling restricted; however, if you are wearing the Pyrenees without any layering, it doesn’t look baggy.
When ordering, be aware that the hoody comes in two options- this review covers the mid-weight MX, while the T19 is closer to a t-shirt weight. The Pyrenees MX LS Hooded Shirt is priced at $68.
The Pyrenees MX LS Hooded Shirt features:
- MX 260 midweight 89% polyester / 11% spandex light moss jersey stripe
- Breathable, mid-weight, anti-odor, moisture wicking, quick dry, SPF +50, soft comfort, 4-way stretch, easy care
- Casual, comfortable full-length sleeves with pull out hand covers and a snorkel hood
- Left-arm watch slot opening for watch/GPS access while hand covers are in use
- Soft touch stitching for chafe-free wear
- Small reflective logo at lower left side
- Made in the U.S.A.
Sykes PX 5″ Short
I was a fan of the quality of the last Path Projects shorts I tried, but I never wear shorts that have over a 5″ inseam. Anything longer than that and the shorts feel like basketball shorts to me. With humid Maryland weather, less material is always better. As you can imagine, I was psyched to hear the Path team put together a new length short, and I love the new “olive grey” color. Path Projects sells liners for shorts separately, so there’s no built-in liner in the Sykes.
The fabric on the shorts is stretchy and light and has a sport fit, (i.e. not too baggy). The Sykes got here after the sweltering summer, so I didn’t get to see how well the fabric holds up drenched in sweat. That is usually the test that separates the men from the boys (speaking of men, Path Projects only makes gear for men currently). My guess is they would do all right. In regards to the stretch, Path Projects’ assertion is that “the flex is in the spiral yarn. This configuration gives the fabric a built-in mechanical stretch that goes to all 360 degrees of adventure. Thanks to this technology, the fabric will stretch and recover without using heavier water-absorbing elastics like Spandex. Upshot: outstanding breathability, abrasion resistance and a softer feel against your skin.” Sykes PX 5″ Short is priced at $45.
The Sykes PX 5″ short features:
- Toray Prime Flex fabric 100% polyester with mechanical stretch. Lightweight, durable, DWR coating, quick dry, breathable
- 3 YKK secure zip pockets
- Center back pocket accommodates up to a 5 ½” X 2 ¾” (14cm x 7cm) phone. Slim cases with a non-textured finish are recommended for easy entry and removal.
- Two small back side pockets for balanced weight distribution
- Internal front right key pocket. This will keep your key secure and away from your three-run pockets
- Triple elastic waistband. Anti-microbial, durable, quick dry, temperature regulating
- Exterior drawcord for maximum comfort
- Body-mapped performance fit with 5” inseam. For maximum comfort and ease of movement while reducing unnecessary fabric
- Soft touch stitching for a chafe-free wear
- Vented bottom sides
- Reflective logos
Tahoe CL 3″ Base Liner
Path Projects sent me the Tahoe CL 3″ Base Liner to pair with my Sykes shorts. The liners provide an extra layer of comfort while remaining sturdy, incredibly breathable and light. The liner can also be rinsed and dry by the time you are ready for another run, keeping you on the trails longer.
The liner is constructed from Coolite Mesh. From Path Projects’ product description: “Coolite Mesh is for the extremist. This birdseye mesh fabric is ultra-light, super-wicking and insanely breathable. It’s a jacquard style knit with an extra measure of softness and loft to the fabric. You’ll feel that comfort against your skin along with a gentle compression effect from the spandex and polyester mix. The birdseye hole pattern keeps the cool air flowing even on the most scorching runs.”Shop Path Projects
Thomas is the founder of Big Run Media and Believe In The Run. He lives and runs in Baltimore. Shockingly, he likes to review shoes.