Redington Chelan Tee Review
You need not be a fly fisherman to enjoy some of the latest and greatest products from Redington. In 2010, Redington launched its’ women’s apparel line and with the 2011 season they have expanded their collection. The Chelan Tee is one of the additions to their line up that I think is worth taking a look at.
For starter’s, the Chelan Tee is quite the deal. Rarely can one purchase a high quality technical long sleeve for under $40. The Chelan Tee comes in at $34.95 and has some nice features to boot. The Chelan Tee provides great protection from the sun with UPF 30+ protection weaved into the garment. In addition, the top features a slightly raised back collar for added neck protection and a small thumb loop to pull the garment over your wrists and the tops of your hands. My hands are one of the areas that I routinely forget to put sunscreen on, plus when I do remember the sunscreen, it gets washed off quite easily when working near the water.
The Chelan Tee is available in sizes S-XL. I trialed a size medium and felt that the sizing was a tad generous, but I actually liked the added space because it made the top more flowy (not a word, I know!). Plus it layers well. The added cross over design at the collar gives the top a bit of style too. I love the Kingfisher hue, featured above; while the Fog color might be nice for hot-sunny days. I have grown to like the Moss color, as it seems that most clothing is getting brighter these days. There is a small stash pocket in the rear to hold a key, yet I rarely use it because it does not seem quite as secure my pants/shorts pockets.
One downside to the top is that the weave, which allows for great breathability, also snags quite easily. I have a few major snags after about 3 months of use. This is not a big deal for me, as I am typically hard on my gear and most of my tops develop these flaws quite quickly. Overall, a great new product from Redington!