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Mountain Hardwear Way2Cool short sleeved Trail Running T-shirt Review

11:45 17th June 2013 By Andy Wilson

With pretty much no fancy features, the Way2Cool is the ultimate in minimalist running tees. Weighing a teeny 118g, it’s got a ‘barely there’ feel, which is helped by the delicious soft fabric and excellent breathability.

Mountain Hardwear Way2CoolIt’s a nice feeling when you can run and literally not notice the kit you’re wearing. That is exactly what it’s like in the Way2Cool. The soft stretchy fabric doesn’t cling to your skin, but rather seems to flow away from it. And the material is very stretchy, which means that on scrambly, active, hilly runs, where your torso stretches and bunches, the tee just stretches with you.

There is a bit of mesh-work down your chest and sides – in your most sweaty areas – but other than that the Way2Cool has little in the way of obvious features. The genius is hidden in the fabric which is designed to make you feel cool. The few seams are tidily flat-locked away and don’t rub, even with a pack on. The round neck is also high enough to avoid too much rubbing from your pack, (and also avoids the camp-disco look).

The tee is designed to be close fitting, but it doesn’t cling. It just seems to stay dry all the time by wicking away your sweat and drying instantly in the breeze. This was tested on many steep runs in warm Mediterranean humidity and was a firm favourite during the trip.

 The Good:

  • Super light weight
  • Good fit
  • Excellent wicking properties


↓ The not-so-good:

  • No zip for added ventilation
  • Slightly painful price


Verdict: Our favourite tee for lightweight simplicity and function in hot, sweaty conditions.

Score: 8.5/10

The Facts:

What Mountain Hardwear says about the Way2Cool jersey:

Cool.Q™ ZERO makes this the world’s most advanced running top. Designed using feedback from world-class athletes, the Way2Cool Short Sleeve T boasts Cool.Q™ ZERO: the industry’s first active-cooling technology designed to actually lower the overall temperature of the fabric when you sweat.

Brand: Mountain Hardwear

Model: Way2Cool short sleeved tee

Price: £49.99

Used for: Adventure racing, running, mountain biking



  • Cool.Q™ ZERO provides an immediate and ongoing cooling sensation
  • Rigorously athlete tested
  • MicroClimate Zoning™: engineered mesh knit construction for ventilation
  • Wicking, fast drying fabric
  • Antimicrobial finish controls odor
  • Reflective trim for visibility
  • Flat-lock seam construction eliminates chafing

Weight: 199g

Fabric: Cool.Q™ ZERO

Sizes Available: S, M, L, XL

Colours: white, state orange



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