Hey Community! I was given the amazing opportunity to try out and review an upcoming release -- the Grid Linen Hoodie (AKA Exp 169 Grid Linen Beach Cover). I am sadly not a beachgoing type, but as the product name change suggests AND in my experience thus far, this piece need not be limited to beachwear. I have been a Grid Linen stan for ages and am well aware of its properties but its performance in this form absolutely blew me away. I’ll probably skate in this piece exclusively in hot/humid weather. Read on to find out why!
This piece impressed me from the getgo. It is clearly designed to be oversized and casual but with a moving amount of attention to detail:
Like I mentioned earlier, I don’t visit beaches often… but this piece fits my non-beach use case perfectly. I love longboarding and have dedicated myself to learning how to Kickflip. I love wearing Outlier while skating because I love enjoying my favorite things together. But I am, sadly, an extremely sweaty person. :(
The Grid Linen Hoodie is an unreal blessing, too good at handling huge volumes of sweat while still keeping me comfortable. It feels like the dense grids of linen soak up sweat and stores it away from the skin while the fabric’s structure paired with the garment’s loose and flowy shape keeps it from feeling soggy, clammy or gross. It reclaims the body’s moisture and uses it to keep you cool. (It’s like the marketing copy of every dry-fit cool-max synthetic ‘Athletic’ ‘Performancewear’ except it actually works!)
(Any DUNE fans in the Outlier community? In the desert planet Arrakis, water is the most precious resource and the super resourceful natives [Fremen] invented a suit [Still... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm looking for polished, non-linen (I work for Eileen Fisher and I know where to get linen, heh!) pull on and go pants for spring and summer casual wear. It's getting close to the time where jeans are just too heavy and uncomfortable for warm weather but I'm really stumped on what might work for casual Friday and running around town. I have a couple pairs of cropped twill lantern pants from Eileen Fisher and a couple pairs of linen pants, but I'd like something more polished and substantial for work. I used to get fun cotton pants from Anthropologie but a visit today turned up nothing.
Trying to avoid the Soft Surroundings/Sundance/J.Jill/Chico's look if I can, something a little more tailored and sharp with an interesting detail maybe.
I'm 5'10" and a size 14/16 and need a T or L pant if possible.
Where are you getting your business casual warm weather pants?
Injected Linen High Darts (link to site)
The world has changed over the last year... A LOT. I have changed as well. The pandemic has resulted in me wearing a lot of sweatpants (and scrubs at work). With the excessive amounts of sweats that I have been wearing my attitude towards clothing has changed. I find myself scouring the internet for clothes that don't feel restricting. Clothing I can move in, clothing that's "roomy", clothing that's ...not TIGHT. The days of skinny jeans are behind me...well maybe we'll see when things open up...but for the time being I'm enjoy a bit more "diversity" in my wardrobe. Playing with boxy, oversized silhouettes has become a pastime. If you follow me on instagram (you really should), you may have seen a few pics with NOT skinny jeans. I can't say I've gone full on loose but I've been dabbling in some "slim" pants. You're probably thinking "Get to the point Boyz"... ok ok I will, anyway I've been considering sizing up on some darts (particularly the future darts) to get a more slim silhouette. The pandemic also hasn't been kind to me, I haven't gained the full on COVID-19lbs but I've gained a few, so my waist isn't as slim as it once was. When I saw June in the high darts I knew I had to have them.
Outlier was gracious enough to send me a pair to test out...SPOILER...they lived up to the hype
Let's get the sizing out of the way. As I mentioned above, my waistline isn't what it used to be, so I was a bit worried about size to get. Along with the shift in my waist, my taste (that rhymes) has changed a bit as well. I have bought the Duckworks and the Bomb Dungarees in a size up from my normal (normally a 29 went up to a 30; if you must know, I still can fit in 29 thank you very much). You can see in the pictures, they aren't skin tight, and they aren't "loose" either, I like to think they are pleasantly perfect. Anyway, I was going to size up to a 30 in the high darts as well, but the recommendation from Willie was to size down. Hmmm I thought, would I be able to pull this off, would my fat ass fit? I was concerned...Willie could se... keep reading on reddit ➡
Who wants to test a Wavy Linen Towel? They make insane amounts of lint but also an extremely nice towel, softer and fluffier than the Grid Linen and thus a bit more suited for indoor use. They make so much lint I wash mine separately, basically a linen only load (although I do put cotton sheets and a few other things in). If this sounds compelling to you we're giving away a dozen or so to people who want to test. Just state why you'd make a good tester in a comment to this post and we'll pick who we think is most deserving or insightful and send a few out.
For those who can remember pre-pandemic times, we first talked about this stuff in Nov 2019 and decided not to sell the towels. Then in Feb 2020 we promised a giveaway/test that never quite manifested until now. Since then, well there was a pandemic but also an awful lot of us over here have been using and loving these things. The Grid Linen really shines at the beach or when traveling, while the Wavy is much more of home centric towel. Basically if you like the Grid Linen in the house there is a good change you'll love the Wavy. It's got all dry performance but with a softer and fluffier texture that brings back some of the cosiness of a cotton terry towel. It's not nearly as packable or flat as the grid linen so it's not as useful for travel or laying in the sand, but none of that matters much in the house.
The real thing we've learned in a year of using them is what I mentioned above WASH SEPARATELY. If you wash these things with merino, that merino will emerge covered in linen fuzz. It's less extreme with other fibers but still there, and in our lab testing the shading pretty much keeps happening with every wash. I'm actually slightly surprised that my towels are still running strong, lab numbers sort of indicate it would just fade away over time, but so far so good. But in any case, tell us why you'd make a great tester in the comments and if we agree we'll send you one to test.
UPDATE: Just locked the comments and we will sort through them over the weekend to pick some well deserved testers. From a quick scan I think it's pretty clear we'll be prioritizing those who have bought Grid Linen in the past, partly because they are better equipped to do comparisons and also of course we like giving back to the people who su... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi all! I'm 0/2 on the HBC drops and seriously regretting not getting one last year when they weren't impossible to buy. While I'll try again next week, I don't have high hopes so am looking at other linen carriers. Has anyone used the Tula or Sakura Bloom linen carriers? Is there a reason why HBC is so hyped over these other two? I just am looking for a cooler carrier since summers are disgustingly muggy where I live and my little one gets hot super easily. TIA!