Review Date: Jun 18,2019
The first time I encountered the word “windshirt” was most definitely while reading a blog post written by someone who moves through time and space much, much faster than me. I remember thinking, This is probably one of those clothing items used solely by über-athletes—ultra-runners, record-smashing long-distance hikers—not something that I, a person who moves at the speed of sloth, needs to have in her wardrobe.
By the end of our Colorado trip, the windshirt and I had become BFFs. Due to its nearly nonexistent weight and extreme compactness (it folds into its own pocket, but is highly smooshable regardless), it’s become a steady companion on hikes, during runs, and while I’m traveling, taking up so little space that I can shove it into a running vest pocket, my purse, or even a fanny pack (don’t laugh). On top of that? This thing is freakishly durable—I’ve brushed against cacti, scraped against the angriest of Joshua Tree boulders, and fallen into at least one gnarly catclaw bush (again, don’t laugh) with nary a rip or hole to show for it.
So ultimately, while owning a windshirt certainly hasn’t caused me to move any faster through time and space, it does help me feel a bit more comfortable and adaptable when I’m slogging along at my own pace. And that, honestly, is worth its weight in gold—or in space-age nylon, I suppose.
from Adventure Journal