The High Route shirt—from First Ascent, the hardcore branch of Eddie Bauer—makes going from upper-elevation peaks to lower-level pubs a simple matter of finding your way down. The lightweight snap-down shirt blends poly and rayon to create a slightly-stretchy, moisture-wicking shirt that’s at home on the trail, in the climbing harness, or on hours-long overseas flights. But it doesn’t look technical, which keeps you from being like those guys who wear their climbing harness to the après spot just so everyone knows they’re…like…totally hardcore. Still, you’re likely to get noticed in the High Route—its Western vibe is fashion-forward (which we liked) and all three color options are pretty…loud (which one modest tester did not like). We also appreciated the deep, snap-shut chest pocket. One caveat: the fit is slim; if you plan on doing some serious climbing, you may want to size up or you could end up flashing fellow climbers as you reach for a hold and the snaps burst open.
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