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Columbia Solar Polar Short-Sleeve Top

I’m a girl who grew up wearing cotton to keep cool and wool to repel moisture, but Columbia Sportswear’s Solar Polar Short-Sleeve top combines the best of both and much more.

With high-tech features incorporated into the fabric, this top keeps me cool when I get hot and wicks away sweat-induced moisture to keep me dry.

I’ve been wearing the Columbia Solar Polar Short-Sleeve Top layered under fleece and a shell when out hiking on cool and damp days here in the Pacific Northwest. Weather aside, I still manage to heat up and break a good sweat on the trail.  It’s especially important to keep dry with it’s chilly and wet outside, and the Solar Polar top works like magic to keep me well-insulated, dry, and comfortable.

Of course Columbia Solar Polar Short-Sleeve Top is perfect for working out indoors, too. I’ve been throwing it on with my shorts or capri pants and working up a sweat at the gym. I wear my long hair in a ponytail, and I especially love the ventilation panel at the upper back that prevents this top from sticking even though my hair falls halfway down my back.

In addition to performing well on the trail and at the gym, the Columbia Solar Polar Short-Sleeve Top's trim but not-too-tight design is attractive and flattering. I love the stitching that contrasts with the fabric and gives the Solar Polar top a stylish twist.  

The Women’s Solar Polar Short-Sleeve shirt comes in sizes XS-XL, and I think the top runs a bit long and a tad small. Available colors are black, white, and compass blue. Columbia also makes men's Solar Polar tops.

Bottom Line: This perfectly engineered top keeps me cool and dry during indoor workouts and outdoor adventures. -- J.I. (April 2012)

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