Scott Trail MTN 50 shirt review
Lots of thin layers keep you warmer than one or two thick ones, and Scott‘s Trail MTN 50’s lack of bulk makes it perfect for that. It’s definitely a mid-layer – it’s too thin for all but the mildest days – though with shoulders and sleeves of abrasion-resistant polyester, it can cope. The chest pocket is cut into a panel of the same tough material.
Despite the body being Polartec’s Power Dry, we found the Trail MTN 50 worked poorly as a base layer. The soft-backed material is comfy when dry, but despite enough gaps in that backing to make it see-through if held up to a light, it doesn’t deal with sweat well. Under other layers, it gets noticeably wet and stays that way.
Put it over a base and it’s a different story. It vents heat well, copes with moisture and stays warm without ever feeling restrictive. It’s very light, and scrunches small in a pack.
Sizing is good, and it’s close fitting without being tight – it slips between layers so well you hardly notice it’s there. A half-length zip adjusts heat loss easily, and a zip garage keeps the neck comfy even when it’s done right up.
The Trail MTN 50 could work well on its own on summer evenings, but for winter it’s best – in fact, very good – as a mid-layer. It’s well made, fits well and is an unobtrusive way of adding warmth without bulk.