I was given an opportunity to test this 1/4-zip in September 2008. Nebraska's two-week Early Teal Season and an early-October Saskatchewan mixed-bag expedition were excellent field-testing venues for the new garment.
Immediately, I was impressed with its initial fit. The comfortable nylon lining slid over other clothing, regardless of fabric.
The waterfowl hunter is presented with a variety of target angles, many of them extreme. It's important to have proper-fitting, shotgun-swing-friendly clothing from base layer to coat. The 1/4-Zip Mock-T falls somewhere in the middle, effectively cutting cool-morning chill while maintaining tee-shirt-like mobility.
My 1/4-Zip Mock-T performed perfectly as a middle layer under a four-in-one wading jacket or Cabela's 1/4-Zip Thermal-Lined Sweatshirt (sometimes both on misty, bone-chilling Saskatchewan morning hunts). The combination of WindShear and microfleece fabrics gave it plenty of chill-battling protection. It amazes me that clothing this warm can be so incredibly lightweight and bulk-free.
I also wore the 1/4-Zip Mock-T as an outer layer on warm-weather hunts over both cotton tee shirts and performance base layers. It fulfilled this role perfectly, with the smooth, beard-friendly zip-up neck providing a protective seal from cool breezes.
The WindShear Microfleece 1/4-Zip Mock-T is a must-have for the serious waterfowl hunter. Its impressive in-field performance, reliable simplicity and total comfort make it a garment I wholeheartedly recommend.