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Gear Review: Merrell Optima Tank

A stretchy top that works well on summer trails, rock climbs, and in yoga studios.

Verdict
It’s surprisingly hard to find a tank that supports without squishing, looks good enough to wear alone, and layers well, too. The search ends here. This stretchy top worked equally well on summer trails, rock climbs, and in yoga studios. The nylon/elastic blend wicks well, the shelf bra provides legit support, and the below-the-hip cut never rides up or gaps. Pros: Cute, all-day support without binding. Cons: Shoulder strap seams caused chafing under pack straps, and the fabric dries slowly. merrell.com

Best For
B- to C- cups who need moderate support; climbing; warm-weather hiking; cool-weather layering

Tester Data
Berne Broudy, Kristin Hostetter
Duration: Aug. to Feb.
Conditions: 30°F to 70°F; MA, VT, CO, Wales

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