Mountain Hardwear clothing is aimed predominantly at the climbing, hiking and mountaineering market. That said, many of their pieces have crossover appeal for recreational and summer cycling, and their Women's Wicked Lite Tank is a perfect example. The clue is in the name: it's an insanely light tank top/vest, and it's a great option for those who like a sleeveless top for hot weather riding.
Made from super-quick-drying and breathable Wicked Taper SD Fabric, this tank is designed with climbers, runners, outdoor enthusiasts and gym goers in mind. Features are minimal, with most of the technology in the fabric itself. The claims are that it has enhanced moisture-wicking capabilities, dries super-fast and has an anti-microbial finish to prevent odour build-up.
The fabric certainly dried very quickly and kept me at a good temperature, and being sleeveless there's no real issue with body odour build-up in the armpits.
For hot weather riding it's extremely comfortable, although realistically its use will probably be limited to overseas cycling as it rarely gets hot enough in the UK to warrant such a super-light sleeveless top.
The fit and cut are excellent for cycling, with a good length, a contoured but not shrink-wrapped fit throughout, and a high front to prevent flashing any cleavage when riding in a sporting position.
All seams are flatlocked to prevent chafing. There are no pockets, but in such a lightweight top, these would seem unnecessary.
Given the price of £20, this is a superb choice for anyone likely to be doing a lot of hot weather riding. It's a versatile top for general sports and gym use too, and it comes in a variety of great colours.
Excellent value for a versatile and effective hot weather sleeveless top
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Make and model: Mountain Hard Wear Women's Wicked Lite Tank
Size tested: Medium, Fission
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Mountain Hardwear say: "Fast-drying, performance athletic tank with outstanding wicking abilities. Whisper-light, quick to dry, and with excellent moisture management, the Wicked Lite Tank with Wick.Q™ moisture-wicking keeps you cool and dry at the climbing gym, out for a jog, or knocking out your 1000 morning pushups. Anti-microbial finish eliminates odor, reflective trim for visibility."
Does just what it should, but no reflective trim on the chartreuse Fission colour option tested.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Wick Q tm technology for enhanced moisture wicking
Available in sizes XS-XL
Washable at 30
Soft and very effective moisture-wicking fabric and nicely finished stitching.
For a non-cycling-specific top this performed exceptionally well as a summer riding top.
Provided it doesn't get savaged by Velcro, there's nothing to go wrong. The anti-microbial finish should reduce long term smell as well.
Super super light.
Very comfortable – airy, fast drying and with nice flat seams.
For a top that can be used for a huge variety of purposes, this is great value for money.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well indeed.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Length, shape, higher neckline at front, fabric.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Definitely. Especially for a cycling trip to a hot country.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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Light, extremely effective and very versatile hot weather top. Great value for money.
Age: 42 Height: 1.65m Weight: 73kg
I usually ride: Boardman Hybrid Fi My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.