Living so close to our international headquarters here in Portland (I like saying international headquarters like we're a Fortune 500 company), I love having the opportunity to walk to work. It's a perfect way to mentally prepare for my day, focusing on my to-do list and my daily goals, all while getting my blood pumping so I won't fall asleep at my desk within the first 20 minutes of the day.
Some of the winter mornings were a little challenging with wind and snow (I also take a different route in the morning and the evening, so every so often when it would snow I could actually say I walked a mile to work in the snow uphill both ways), and now that the weather is warmer, I don't have to wear as many layers, but finding the right layer can be tricky.
About a week ago, we released our brand new embroidered Spartan Helmet windbreaker to the collection, a true original to our brand. It is the first time that we have ventured outside of the traditional apparel (that being anything other than cotton or cotton-poly), and it is the absolute perfect item to fight those brisk spring winds. But it isn't just good to fight the elements, it's great for a number of other reasons.
It's Incredibly Lightweight
At only 2.5 ounces before embroidery, this windbreaker is about as light as our average youth t-shirt, so it is the perfect top layer for your spring wardrobe.
Because there is no interior lining other than the pockets and hood, you can move freely (I wore mine in the backyard while hitting some golf balls around yesterday and the swing felt great) and it won't feel too heavy if you wear it over a hoodie or a long sleeve t-shirt. You can also put your phone, keys, or mask in the two mesh-lined front pockets for some useful on-the-go storage (wear it with your cargo shorts for maximum capacity).
And It's Still Durable
I am incredibly hard on my clothing. Because my coordination is roughly between Bambi learning to walk on the ice and a child learning to brush their teeth for the first time, I constantly am bumping into things, snagging my sleeves, and zipping the garment in on itself. This windbreaker manages to prevent most of those problems (give me a week and I'm sure I'll find a way to get a hole in it somehow). With a reinforced zipper and rubber zipper pull, you don't have to worry about the zipper breaking or taking the garment with it when you zip or unzip.
Well, moreso than our t-shirts and other apparel items I suppose. My favorite part of this item is the 'tightening toggle waistband' that allows you to loosen or tighten the lowest part of the windbreaker so it can hug you around the waste or give you a little extra breathing room. This is great for if you're in between sizes, the wind is particularly strong on a given day, or you just like a looser or more snug fit on your person.