The Claim: Ortiz Industry’s reputation is staked on a combination of style and high functionality (water-resistance, breathability, flexibility). The fashion-forward brand outfits professional skateboarders and parkour athletes. The Santa Ana pants ($295) have a slim fit, Tuck Track band that keeps your shirt tucked in, and low-profile pockets. They’re made with the company’s high-end 7.1 Intuitive Two Face Stretch Twill, boasting 4-way stretch, water-repellent exterior, soft skin-side brushing, and anti-bacterial treatment, among other benefits. The Hollis LS Crew ($125) shirt is essentially seamless and provides a slim fit with plenty of stretch, anti-stink treatment, and quick-dry 5.1 material.
The Test: Cliff jump repeats into the Sacramento River at Keswick Dam in Northern California, testing the mobility and the quality of the water repellent treatment on the pants and the quick-drying capabilities of the shirt.
The Results: The Santa pants fit like skinny jeans, but there was no restriction whatsoever; full flexion and extension on the jump allowed me to clear the shallow area and make it to deeper waters. The exterior of the pants were shockingly water-resistant during testing. The soft felt backing against the skin soaked quickly, but water beaded off of the exterior as soon as I got out of the river. The pants’ waterlogged backing eventually soaked through the front, but this will only be an issue when the wearer is completely submerged. The Hollis LS Crew soaked through after the first dip, but it dried off in minutes, looking and feeling like it had just come out of the laundry. Bonus: Both the pants and the shirt are tough, as well: we had to wade through some blackberry bushes to get to the jumpoff point, and neither piece had any snags or tears at the end of the day.
The Verdict: Both the shirt and pants provided a completely free range of motion, and they performed above expectations in the water tests. Both soaked through eventually, but for most uses, like bike commuting and throwing a few back after work, rain and spilled drinks won’t be an issue at all.
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