Staff Pick: The North Face Women’s Kokomo Burn-Out Tank

KokomoI will readily admit that I play brand favorites. I mean, who doesn’t? There’s just something about The North Face that I can’t get over. Maybe it’s the majestic birth of the brand; let’s be real, Half Dome is simultaneously the most enchanting and most formidable natural monument that could inspire an athletic company. Maybe I’m biased because my TNF backpack is such a faithful travel companion. Or maybe it’s because I sleep more soundly in my North Face sleeping bag than I do in my own bed.

But I’m getting distracted. My favoritism really doesn’t matter, because this tank needs no help from a pre-existing bias. I would wear this outstanding garment regardless of whose name was on it. Don’t believe me? Let me convince you.

The Fabric

Screen shot 2015-03-31 at 2.29.40 PMWe all know that warm-weather running puts certain demands on the quality of our athletic wardrobe. Thick fabric? You’re out. No ventilation? See you next winter. This tank boasts the most lightweight poly-cotton blend of any athletic apparel I’ve ever worn, letting cool air flow freely through to your skin. Trust me, any sweat that you produce won’t be around for long. And don’t even get me started on how soft this thing is….

 

Screen shot 2015-03-31 at 2.30.01 PMThe Back

Nothing says free and fancy like an open back, and I’m convinced that this attribute of the tank is the reason that five people have already stopped me to ask where they can purchase it. Twisted straps frame a large opening, leaving most of the upper back exposed. The design not only bolsters the top’s ventilation factor, but it adds aesthetic variety to your closet and can help you get rid of that racerback tan.

The Burnout

Burnout heathered material is the perfect way to design a sheer shirt that won’t look sheer. I love that I can enjoy the benefits of the ultra-thin fabric without looking like I’m wearing completely see-through clothing. The variegated color fade is a quality that I would choose for my non-athletic clothing as well, making this a piece that I gladly wear regardless of my activity level.

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