We’ve been using a Palm Equipment Seti top here at Unsponsored HQ for over 12 months. It has been put to use both on and off the water.
The Seti is designed as a lightweight insulation layer. The cut of the Seti can be described as athletic, as I am not designed that way I have gone up one size and the fit is spot on. The Seti reminds me of technical base layers from the likes of Mountain Equipment or Haglofs.
The fabric is very lightweight with a waffle structure with an almost fleecy inner texture and I have found that it is extremely breathable and dries incredibly quickly.
The collar has a low profile that doesn’t seem to interfere with latex gaskets and the chest pocket is big enough to accept a set of car keys for example. The men’s version has blue highlights in the form of the Palm logo and colour coordinated zips. The ladies version comes with a slightly different cut and is complete with pink highlights. All of the seams are low profile and Palm have even included thumb loops which I really like as it makes life easier when putting a dry suit or dry top on over the base layer.
After lots of use the top still looks pretty respectable, no holes, rips or tears and all of the seams and zips are working as they should. It has held its shape and hasn’t taken on the usual kayaking type smell that many synthetic base layers acquire. On many occasions the Seti top has been used in conjunction with a pair of Seti pants which are essentially a pair of long johns made from the same Seti fabric.
For really cold days the Seti top has been supplemented with an additional insulation layer but on cool spring days or early/late summer paddles I have found the Seti top more than warm enough.