Vortex Optics Sunslayer Hoodie Review
Getting deep into the summer and with plenty of the US in a heat wave, I was pretty excited when ExpertVoice was running a campaign for "experts" to test out the new Sun Slayer Hoodie from Vortex Optics. Expert Voice is a company that sets up pro deals for workers in the retail industry, first responders and military veterans. Once you are approved for the site, you have access to discounts on a variety of different companies. Vortex Optics is one of those companies and I have used that relationship to not only test out some products free of charge, but I have also purchased several scopes and some range finding binoculars using the discounts.
The Sun Slayer Hoodie review just happened to come shortly after a multi day backpacking trip along a couple segments of the Colorado Trail. I was using another, slightly heavier long sleeve shirt to limit my exposure to the sun, wishing I had a shirt designed for lightweight sun protection. Vortex Optics sent me the Sun Slayer Hoodie for free to test out and review, but did not set any limitations or guidance on what I could or should say about it.
Opening up the box, I noticed that the shirt was soft and felt comfortable, although the fabric was a little heavier than I expected. The fabric provides a UPF 50 sun protection and Vortex states that it is not only wicking, but is an antimicrobial fabric that pulls moisture of your body while inhibiting bacteria growth. This should help reduce the odors from repeated use. Overall, the fabric feels comfortable and has a decent amount of stretch.