Western Rise Review: Stylish Clothing For Outdoorsy People


All opinions are our own and never influenced by brands. If you buy through links, we may earn a commission.

Western Rise‘s mission is to elevate people’s lives through their technical clothing range which errs on the side of clothing you may see in an affluent city rather than in a mountain resort. And this is the line that Western Rise appears to be blurring. The name ‘Western Rise’ is inspired by the rise of the mountains of the western United States and the early explorers and entrepreneurs who ventured westward toward them.

Western Rise strives to create products allowing the modern, active man to own less, carry less, and experience more while traveling, spending time outdoors, or in the day-to-day. That’s my kind of life! This Western Rise review shares my experiences and opinions on three key garments from Western Rise; the AirLoft Quilted Jacket, the AT Slim Pant, and the TechWool Flannel Shirt. These items when put together create a stylish and versatile outfit that can be worn in the city, on the trails, or whilst traveling.

Western Rise AirLoft Quilted Jacket Review

Western Rise review trail and kale web wm 8

What I like about the Western Rise AirLoft Quilted jacket is its incredible versatility. Not only does this jacket look fashionable when worn in a city office environment but it also looks great on trail hikes with its classic quilted design combined with sophisticated thread colors, Olive (the one I have), or Black. It also offers enough technical functionality to be effective in a range of different weather conditions and activities too.

Western Rise review trail and kale web wm 7
Buttoned pockets

The Quilted Jacket comes with double chest pockets to keep contents in place and a hidden interior media pocket that fits your a mobile phone very well. The two hand pockets are good for keeping your hands warm but also act as a packable stuff sack.

western rise clothing review trail and kale Instagram Pinterest 2
Pin me for later! (Pinterest)

The AirLoft Quilted Jacket is insulated and has 4-way stretch

The Western Rise AirLoft Quilted Jacket contains a quick-dry and packable synthetic insulation that will keep you warm in cold conditions but because it’s a button-up jacket that looks great undone too, you can also look good wearing it open in warmer weather. The insulation used is called AirLoft, an entirely new type of breathable insulation that sandwiches 3DeFX+® active insulation between an ultra-lightweight, durable, 4-way stretch fabric and an inner light 4-way stretch, sweat-wicking, breathable Polyester that is soft and light against the skin. This combination of fabrics is designed to move with the body, dry quickly, and keep you warm even in wet conditions. While I wouldn’t call this jacket slim-fit, it does have a flattering fit for anyone with an athletic build.

Western Rise review trail and kale web wm 11
4-way stretch provides freedom of movement, meaning you don’t get that feeling of being restricted when you move.

It’s highly water-resistant too!

The AirLoft Quilted Jacket also has a new self-cleaning, 4-way stretch, Primeflex exterior fabric with a C6 DWR (durable water repellant) for dirt, stain, and weather resistance optimized for cool-weather activity. This is the same water repellant used on the AT Slim Western Rise Pants that I am also wearing in these Western Rise review photos. There’s a video below that demonstrates how astonishingly well C6 DWR repels fluids!

AT Slim Western Rise Pants Review

Western Rise review - Western Rise Pants
Western Rise Pants fit well and are very well made – with stretch and durability in mind.

The AT Slim Pant trousers are durable yet comfortable for those who lead an active lifestyle, always on the go. As with the AirLoft Quilted Jacket, these too are very versatile for all the same reasons; comfort, stretch, durability, water-resistance, and style. You can wear these no matter the weather, occasion or environment, whether that’s being in the city or the mountains for a hike. These trousers are cut with a slim fit design which is a must-have feature for me personally when buying pants.

NEW: Western Rise’s Diversion Pant is here! (Learn More Below)

These four-way stretch pants provide extra comfort (Western Rise’s pants including the AT Slim Pant are only 2-way), by being soft on your legs and providing the flexibility to move with you. With their highly durable canvas exterior, paired with a sweatpant-like interior, you can feel indoor comfort with everyday style. The Diversion Pant is also water and stain resistant and offer other highly functional design elements, like a phone pocket and a zippered back pocket.

Western Rise review - Western Rise Pants
Sophisticated cut and fabric | Western Rise Pants

Being made from stretch nylon makes them lighter and more durable than cotton denim, although they may feel a bit thicker/stiffer than jeans until worn-in fully. Stretch and durability make these pants useable for sports like cycling, mountain biking, running for the bus (that should totally be a sport), or anything thing else you can think of where trousers may be acceptable apparel while playing a sport.

I just love how the AT Slim Pant sheds water. See below for the water repelling demonstration video I promised earlier on in this Western Rise review.

C6 DWR water repellence in action

The fabric used in the AT Slim Pant is Blue Sign approved and a portion of the proceeds go to 1% For the Planet which means Western Rise is helping to shape a more sustainable future for our planet. Bluesign represents the vision and mindset of responsible and sustainable manufacturing of textile consumer products. It’s a system that provides safer and more sustainable environments for people to work in and everyone to live in.

 Western Rise Pants pockets
Rear right hidden zippered pocket is great for small valuables. Oops, it’s no longer hidden now I’ve showed it to you…

Western Rise TechWool Flannel Shirt Review

Western Rise review trail and kale web wm 12
TechWool Flannel Shirt

Cut and sewn in Portugal, the TechWool Flannel Shirt is another classic item of clothing that can be worn in a variety of different environments and situations from the city office during the week to trail hiking on the weekend. It’s super soft to the touch, offers 2-way stretch for freedom of movement, and is sweat-wicking to help keep you stay cool in the summer months. What’s great about TechWool is that it will also keep you warm in cooler weather too. The TechWool Flannel shirt is Western Rise’s modern take of the classic Flannel Shirt, and they’ve done a wonderful job of creating this versatile garment.

Western Rise review trail and kale web wm 1

It’s pretty much wrinkle-resistant and has odor-resistance technology in its fabric, making it a great wardrobe choice for those who travel a lot and don’t want to look scruffy or smell whiffy by the time they reach their destination. Like the Quilted Jacket and AT Slim Pant reviewed above, the Flannel Shirt is also made with Blue Sign approved fabrics.

Western Rise has also added unbreakable rubber-coated buttons to this shirt adding to its durability. With regards to fit, it has a lean, tailored cut that will fall nicely on those with an average build.



Does Western Rise make clothing for women?

Unfortunately not. Western rise only sells menswear.

Does Western Rise have a physical store where I can try on their apparel?

No, Western Rise is an online brand. Western Rise does provide free returns/exchanges however, so consider your home as a place to try out their clothing.

Does Western Rise ship internationally?

Yes, via the Passport service Western Rise can ship to a variety of countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and the world.

Does Western Rise offer gift cards?

Yes, they do, and they make for pretty awesome gifts. Here’s the link: Western Rise Gift Cards.

I hope you enjoyed this in-depth Western Rise review, If you have a question about any of these products or Western Rise in general, please leave it in the comments below.

As the founder of Trail & Kale, and seasoned marathoner & ultrarunner, Alastair loves bringing our readers independent running shoe reviews and gear insights to help you run your best. Learn more about Trail & Kale here.


  1. I have 3 pairs of the Evolution pants and I love them after a few years wear. I bought 2 Limitless shirts and after a couple of years wear I give them an overwhelming thumbs down. The initial colours of powder blue and light grey show up any stain. From day 1 they stain with any loose material it contacts. The material acts like a blotter soaking up anything. I have spent hours trying to remove these everyday stains. Even worse are the permanent stains at the collar and armpits. I’m not a sweater and have not exercised in these shirts at all. I’m 60 and this is the first shirt/s I have experienced this with. As a ‘travel’ shirt it’s an epic fail. I sent a long term review to Western Rise detailing the staining and they never responded which is disappointing. Love the pants, hate the shirts.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Latest

Gunner Kennels review: What we thought...

Why Gunner Kennels is our top choice for safe dog travel, with crash-tested durability and unbeatable protection on every adventure. Includes video demonstrations.

The Rise of Vibram MegaGrip: Why...

Here's why we get so excited about reviewing trail running shoes with Vibram Megagrip outsoles... and why you should, too.

New Shoe Reviews
Fresh drops from our reviewers

Saucony Endorphin Pro 4 Review: Fast, Comfortable,...

Alastair explains how these well priced super shoes combine speed, comfort, and stability to elevate your race day enjoyment and performance.

Nike Zegama 2 Review: Miles Better Than...

Alastair pushes the Zegama 2 to the limit, demonstrating how Nike's latest trail shoe delivers responsive cushioning, unbeatable traction, and improved stability.

Merrell Morphlite Review: Best Road/Trail Running Shoes...

The Merrell Morphlite has a perfect balance of comfort, grip, and versatility, and is designed for seamless transitions between roads and light trails.
Trail & Kale Running Co logo Email Newsletter

Don't Drop Behind
Subscribe to stay up to date!

'Best Of' Guides
Top performing gear

The Best Running Shoes [2024]

The best running shoes rated and shortlisted, and advice to ensure you buy the most comfortable, high-performing shoes that work for YOU.

The Best Trail Running Shoes [2024]

The best trail running shoes this year ranked & reviewed + top advice so you buy the most comfortable, high-performing shoes for you

Best On Running Shoes of 2024...

Welcome to the ULTIMATE On Running shoes buyer's guide, complete with reviews + rankings of the best On running shoes available | YES, I've reviewed them all!

Best HOKA Running Shoes of 2024...

ULTIMATE HOKA Running shoes buyer's guide, complete with reviews + rankings of the best HOKA running shoes. YES, I've reviewed them all!

Best Brooks Running Shoes of 2024...

Welcome to the ULTIMATE Brooks Running shoes buyer's guide, complete with reviews + rankings of the best Brooks shoes | YES, I've reviewed them all!

Training Plans
5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultramarathons