We LOVE the quality of the active clothing line from White Sierra, a new brand on our radar. Recently, we took a look at a few tops and jackets to get an idea of their quality and style and how it might fit into your packing and planning needs for that next adventure trip.
White Sierra specialize in adventure-minded clothing and they’re more fashionable than most. First up is my favorite: the Wooly Bully Zip Jacket, a two side brushed zip up with welt front hand warmer pockets (love these), and distressed suede trim accents on soft fleece. The material is a 100% polyester Wooly Bully fleece knit which makes it more than affordable and it comes in a fun array of colors: grape, a soft blue and cream. Oh so plush and soft!
Their Shiva Tank (I fell in love with the grape/lavender) is soft and they say “edgy”, which made me laugh. I’d go for artsy, funky and practical. It has a scoop neck and is designed with a custom double dyed burnout fabric, and screen print overlay. The 50% cotton 50% polyester blend is bra strap friendly, even with a sports bra, and we love the fact that it’s designed and manufactured in California — bravo for quality!
Their Select Stretch II Waterproof Jacket arrived after my recent trip to Idaho for some spring skiing so I wasn’t able to put it to the test on the mountain. The jacket has a whisper fill insulated fabric and comfortable stretch lining and would make a great choice for spring skiing, a fall hike or frankly, any outdoor activity. Adventure enthusiasts will love this jacket; the quality was much tougher than we expected.
It’s both waterproof and breathable and has a very useful zip secure front with bicep pockets (great for storing things while you’re on a hike). A fun style accent feature is their contrast color zippers and on the practical front is a build in stowable and adjustable storm hood. Nice add-ons for skiing or biking are their velcro adjustable cuffs, a chin guard and box quilted lining.
The shell is mechanical stretch laminated and is DWR + waterproof with a 100% polyester taffeta lining / Hexi Fleece knit. There are interior pockets which you can use for business cards, keys, cell phone and chap stick. Once again, we love White Sierra’s color choices; this particular jacket comes in patriot blue, a deep purple (shown above) and black.
Bravo on the color combo and softness of their men’s ultra-comfortable Batista Plaid Short Sleeve Shirt, which is perfect for both business and pleasure. One of the things that makes it so soft is that its fabric is sand washed. Touted as travel friendly, it has a patch chest pocket with a pen slot and a straight hem with vents.
This Dobby & Ticks plaid design is a 70% modal 30% polyester blend and comes in a blue (they call it ocean) and a tan, which they call Sand.
Another great men’s top for any travel adventure is White Sierra’s Echo 1/4 Zip, which is made from breathable, 100% Mini rib knit and wicking fabric for extra warmth and the trim is 100% polyester Microtek Fleece knit. Sweet!! There’s also a fleece lined collar and chain stitch details and this practical yet stylish piece comes in blue, gray and sage.
Although I hadn’t heard of White Sierra until recently, they’ve been around for 35 years and from the very beginning, have focused on outdoor apparel for people who love the outdoors. We think their line is a perfect choice for adventure travelers since they have such a variety of options, including tops, bottoms, outerwear and rainwear. They also offer choices for youth, toddlers and have extended sizes. While we didn’t test them out, they have a whole line of insect shield clothing as well. More can be found on their website at http://www.whitesierra.com.