Reversible was the hashtag voor more than a few pieces of outerwear I saw at Interbike. Multi-function clothing is bueno simply because you can get more out of what you’ve purchased. One of, if not the most intriguing pieces I was shown was Chrome’s WARM™ Work Shirt ($180USD)

Chrome sez: “We built the Chrome WARM™ Work Shirt to be highly versatile. Fully insulated, it works as a layering piece and as outerwear. Our Chrome WARM™ Work Shirt rocks technical features like reflectivity, water-resistant fabric, reversibility, ventilation, and more without looking technical.”

I’ve already put a decent amount of time in the Work Shirt. And while I’m not ready to review it just yet, I have a few points of interest:

• The fit is extremely slim. If you’re uncomfortable with the slim, I suggest upsizing.
• While it’s certainly WARM™, the snap closure allows for some venting—both an unwanted/wanted feature depending on the weather.
• The flip-side orange isn’t hi-viz, but it is highly visible. Also, it looks pretty damn good even if you’re not a huge safety-viz fan.

Follow along on on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/Flickr as I test the Chrome WARM™ Work Shirt.

First Look: Chrome Warm Work Shirt

First Look: Chrome Warm Work Shirt

First Look: Chrome Warm Work Shirt

First Look: Chrome Warm Work Shirt

First Look: Chrome Warm Work Shirt

First Look: Chrome Warm Work Shirt

First Look: Chrome Warm Work Shirt

First Look: Chrome Warm Work Shirt

First Look: Chrome Warm Work Shirt

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First Look: Chrome Warm Work Shirt

 

  • Matti

    I’m waiting for the full review. Especially I’d like to know how this performs in -10C winter and what to wear under, that neck won’t freeze etc.

    • Cycleboredom

      Honestly, it wouldn’t be my choice to wear at those temps. It’s too thin to insulate on its own and can’t block wind like a dedicated jacket. At least for me, I’m using it for anything between 5 and 15C. Your temp milage may vary though.

  • What about over a wool base layer and under a shell. Looks like it would be a solid mini poof.

    • Cycleboredom

      Exactly how I wore it the other day—wool base layer. Chrome says it’s designed to work in conjunction with shells which I can definitely see. Although, if the shell’s thin enough, I might even wear it underneath so I can have the VIZ on the outside.

  • Matti

    I got the work shirt. It’s slim as you mentioned. I got the storm cobra size M and it fits fine. I’m 183cm/75kg but sadly the M size work shirt is too tight under arms. Basically useless when riding. Elsewhere the fit is OK. Probably have to change it to L size.

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