I’ll be honest, I own a lot of tank tops. And, I have a habit of only wearing a few of them over and over, while the others just sit at the bottom of the drawer. Before writing about the Outdoor Research Sphinx Tank, I had to really think about what made my favorite tanks, my favorite tanks. Most of them do a pretty solid job at wicking moisture, yet some still don’t make the cut. I think it comes down to two main things: material and fit. It’s hot here in Colorado. I want something light, breathable, and comfortable. The material should be tough enough to wear climbing and not get too clingy when I’m sweaty. A cute, flattering fit is definitely a bonus, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t spent some money on workout tops based on looks.
The Sphinx tank is a mix of soft polyester and spandex fabric, so its stretchy, yet comfortable. That material is great for rock climbing, yoga, or running because it stays in place, and doesn’t ride up. It did a great job of wicking moisture and it was light enough for the 90+ degree days. Outdoor Research definitely made a good-looking top with the heathered color and pretty stitching pattern. It also has a cute design, located on the racerback. Besides having a flattering fit, the racerback ensures you won’t have to fiddle with each strap during activities like climbing or yoga.
There were a few small issues that didn’t work well for my body type. I tested a small, and it fit perfectly, except it clung to my midsection a little more than I would have liked. I should note that I prefer a little extra space in the midsection, so sometimes I size up, it’s really just a personal preference. My other small issue was near the scoop neck. It got a little baggy (see top photo) and bunched up. Extra material that I can’t fill, maybe? It never dipped too low, but I did find myself constantly pulling it up.
Just like pants, tops can be a tricky fit. Women come in different shapes and sizes and one top is just not going to fit each of us the same way. Take this review of the Sphinx by Dirtbag Darling, while I agree with everything she had to say, we both had different sizing issues and she found the top fit looser than many of her other shirts.
Despite a few minor sizing issues for my body type, I still really like this top. It’s functional with the added bonus of being really pretty. The Sphinx is one of the few shirts that I own that stays in place, and doesn’t ride up, while climbing. The racerback style gives me a great range of motion, and the material is really comfortable. This tank definitely won’t be shoved to the bottom of my tank top drawer anytime soon.
Weight: 5.5 oz