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Women’s Layer First™ Half Zip Knit Shirt


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Style# 1553471
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Style# 1553471
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Body-mapping lines in a stretch-infused, performance wicking fabric with just-right baby stripes—this long-sleeve half-zip shirt is the ultimate layering piece for active days in any season. The UPF 15 Layer First Half Zip will protect you from the sun during long hours outdoors, breathe and wick sweat when you’re working hard, and feel and fit great through it all.

  • Omni-Wick™
  • UPF 15 sun protection
  • Active Fit
  • 4-way comfort stretch
  • Antimicrobial treatment protects this product from bacteria growth
  • Center back length: 25"
  • Imported

  • 94% polyester / 6% elastane Striped Jersey
High-Performance Wicking Fabric

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Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 45 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fitting I absolutely loved this top. I got so many compliments as well. If you prefer a more tight fitting go for a size smaller. This is not a tight fitting shirt. Very comfortable. Not too small, not too big. It's perfect. December 21, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice design It would be the perfect wear if the bust cutting is not oversized. I am a cUp C size lady and yet there's still quite a bit of loose cloth around the bust area and sleeve Size also runs a little big. December 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good Looking Base Layer I bought this as a base layer for a Glacial Fleece lll half zip. I'm 5'10", 150 lbs. and the size large was perfect. It looks nice with the fleece and by itself. I have several of these in different colors and find they wear well and are easy care. December 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by My Favorite I love the fit, collar and tailoring of this shirt. Nice length and different detailing on back. Dresses up with a nice jacket or casual with jeans. Comfortable, washes well and dries quickly. The sleeves are a little long on me as a petite. December 7, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great light layer I have had this pullover for about a year and it has hardly shown any wear at all. It is a great light layer for just about any sport. Sleeve length is perfect because the extra length is always handy when cold. I often find myself rolling the sleeves up and it has never stretched out. Easy to wash. November 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic Lightweight Pull Over Very lightweight, perfect for layering. Very stylish and flattering cut. May 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful Shirt So soft, warm without being hot, breathable, stylish, comfortable. Would buy more. April 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love this!! Beautiful cut & fit. Always get a compliment when I wear it! April 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by I would wear this shirt every day if I thought people wouldn't notice A great shirt for a great (sale) price. I love everything about it - the fit, the color & and the quality. I am going to order another one in another color as soon as I finish this. March 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome athletic coverup Fashionable, fit, all exception able!!! March 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Women's Half Zip Fully satisfied with the fit and look. Comfortable. March 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Too cute for a base layer! This item was described as a base layer item. I came across it because I was looking for a lightweight top for Chicago spring weather. This top is perfect for everyday! The small stripes, yolk detailing and the cute pleat in the back are so stylish! I would never cover up this top because of its stylish design! I only found one color on this website but I found three more colors elsewhere. Bought them all! Please make this top in spring colors to wear everyday! March 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by New Favorite Shirt Love the cut and styling of this top. Fits nicely. Has a shape but doesn't cling. Enhances my figure. And now that it's on sale? I am buying more! Hope they continue this sort of design. It's a real winner! March 16, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Flattering Fit Very comfortable and good looking top. I like the slightly flared cut which results in a relaxed fit that is also flattering. February 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfy This top is very comfortable and fits great. I've have no complaints! February 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Bought four in different colors, extremely comfortable, slight pilling after washing. February 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fabulous, just what I was looking for! I am SO pleased about this top and was so excited for it to arrive. I had been looking for stylish and functional running tops for a long time. I had tried on a competitor's size L and it fit ok with the same type of styling but I could see a bit of "muffin top" coming through and it was $60 so I left it. I have sworn by Columbia for years and when I saw the price on this and XL was available, I knew it would be ok. I am always an XL in Columbia. I bought it in nocturnal and bright plum. It is so soft and so slimming! No muffin top ladies. I am 41, 5'6, 165 lbs, curvy with long legs. It is so cute and stylish and very comfortable. It will give me a boost when I am out running knowing it looks so flattering the way it fits, it is not tight anywhere which is great and so often found with other tops. Highly recommend, especially on sale! February 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Flattering Fit Love the little pleat in the back. Gives nice shape without clinging. Collar is just the right height for me. February 24, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by love this 1/4 zip I love the detail on the back. February 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by great style Love the style and flattering fit. My only negative is that the back could be a little longer. I'm 5'10" and it comes down just below the hips. I was hoping it would cover a little more. I've not washed it yet to know if it will shrink -- hope not. Still, I'm sure it will become one of my favorite shirts! February 20, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Loved it before I washed it! The Layer First Half-Zip is very flattering, but it did not wash well for me. The fabric twisted and faded after the first wash. Once I put it on, the "twists" go away, but I would expect Columbia to use a better quality of fabric in this shirt. February 19, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Totally not "black" I ordered this because I really want a half zip black pullover, and from the photo I could tell there were stripes, but the two colors appear to be black and a SLIGHTLY lighter black. However, this is totally not the case. The color of the pullover should be advertised as grey with stripes of black. I will be returning it because I do not look good in the color grey! February 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happy with Columbia I've recently ordered 4 vests and this long-sleeved shirt and all fit perfectly and are clearly made from a high quality fabric. February 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Flattering This shirt is Very Flattering and comfortable! The stripes go in all the right directions. It's very flexible, I can wear it on the trail, to work and Hawks games! January 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Layer top I have this in purple and wear it a lot. I ordered the black and grey, I like the top but it is lighter in color and the stripes seem to not look as slimming as the purple. January 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by love this top ! I had purchased this top in a different color last year and liked it so much I ordered two more this year. It is flattering, fun and functional. The colors are great, ( vibrant without being obnoxious ) it has washed well, and I love the little detail in the back... My go to shirts whether working out or not ! I ordered medium- 5'5" 135 and there is room to layer underneath if needed. January 7, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Color is different The color is not accurate in the image shown in website. I was looking for something black but the stripe is very intense. More like black and light grey than black. Also my size is small or sometime xsmall. I ordered small and it was to big for me. Had to return it. December 31, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nice top, very bold pattern I ordered this top in the Emerald color. The size and overall fit of the top is great. However, the pattern is much more pronounced than it looks in the photos. I felt like a rugby player with it on! I ended up returning it and getting the OuterSpaced Half-Zip tops instead. For size reference, I am 5'6", 140 lbs., 34 bust, and the small fit fine. December 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice for the price I'm a Columbia fan and own several pieces that I put through their paces with all my activities. This shirt is a great color and the fabric is soft. However, the fit/design isn't the quality I expect from C. The cut is more like a cheap target shirt - sleeves aren't tapered or 'bent', hem is awkward. Subtle, but noticeable. The price was surprisingly low, so I guess I'd rather pay more and get more. On the other hand, I like that it's quite long & flattering. I'll enjoy wearing it. December 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zip knit shirt I thoroughly love this shirt. The color was what I expected and it fits beautifully. I ordered a small because I am petite but worried about the fit as I am a size D cup but my choice in size worked perfectly. The shoulders and arm length are just right and the fit around my chest is not too tight, in fact there is no stretching at all. December 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect alone or as a layer I bought this shirt just because it looked so cute. But it's turned out to be a great addition to my Pacific Northwest hikes. It's super comfortable, soft, and the cut and style is so perfectly slimming. I'm short (5') and curvy and the Medium fits me perfect. December 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Another great half-zip Being a curvy person, I am careful about possibly clingy tops like this. In shirts/blouses, I'm a 14, in sweaters a Large; I ordered the XL in this, and it's perfect. Not baggy, but not too snug. I wish the fabric was a touch heavier, but it will be great for layering with a tank or turtleneck, plus a jacket. My only criticism is that the colors, especially red tones, aren't depicted very accurately online. It looks like a bright medium pink (can't spell fuschia), but is actually a bit darker; maybe a medium purple? Regardless, it will still be a great layering piece, suitable for hiking or casual evenings out. December 2, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good but not for me This is a great, lightweight shirt and very cute. However, it fits great on my shoulders and arms but the bottom is too loose and too short. It just looked weird. I think this would be a great shirt for someone who has a short torso and curvy body. November 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Shirt! This pullover is long and comfortable. It's a great style - slimming. I'm between XS and SM and the SM is perfect. Would be nice if it had pockets, but I can wear a vest with pockets over it. At 5'1" These shirts on me are really long - sometimes showing beneath Columbia jackets. November 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent! I love bouldering in this shirt, because the sleeves don't get loose after being rolled up. The shirt has great form and fit great. I ordered a small, comfortably loose but fits, and I normally wear small. October 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stylish and practical! I ordered the teal and it is beautiful. I like the styling also. The material is comfortable on the skin. I have worn this alone and under an top, so it is flexible. October 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stylish & Functional This is a stylish half-zip. It can easily be worn in to the gym or casually with a pair of leggings or jeans. It is comfortable and the way the strips are is flattering. September 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by nice layer shirt I bought this as a middle layer shirt to go over my Omniheat poly underlayer. I bought one size up to layer and its cut allows enough room to layer over a shirt. The bottom is a blousy style that I wish was cut a bit more formfitting. It does feel a little too loose, almost maternity-like cut. That would be my one issue with the shirt. February 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice soft shirt Nice style, fit perfect 5'4" 115 size small. The shirt material is soft, I like it. January 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dynamite styling This top is excellent. I love the styling, very flattering. The neck when fully zipped is soft and comfortable like a turtleneck. I gave it five stars because it makes me very happy to wear it. I purchased a medium and I've taken 3" off the bottom and sleeves, but I have to do that to practically everything I buy. I'm 5'1" in the morning and hate sleeves pushing past the wrist bone. November 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice fall long sleeve This long sleeve runs a little large. I usually wear Small, sometimes Medium. I ordered XS and it's the right size. October 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sharp looking! I normally would not pay this much, for what I consider an active wear shirt, but I fell in love with the look. I did size up one size, and I love the fit, very cute top! October 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Everyday Comfort Very nicely made. Comfortable. Sleeves are long enough for my long arms. Love the colors available. However, only criticism would be the pleat in the back makes the top blousy. Makes a person look larger than they are. September 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by cutest top ever This top is lightweight, comfy, cool and warm all at the same time. The front darts are flattering and back pleat is forgiving. Love the tangerine/gray color but wish the other choices were classier because this feminine design makes me want another one, or two. I'm 5'4" 125 lbs and small is perfect. September 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Got It For My GF, She Was Stoked! I bought this for my girlfriend and she loved it. Says it's super comfy and great for activewear! August 15, 2014
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Women's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
womens performance fit top
womens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
womens active fit top
womens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
womens modern classic fit top
Modern Classic / Regular
womens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
womens relaxed fit top
womens relaxed fit bottom
Women's Body Measurement (Inches)
Size XS
Bust 32-33 34-35 36-37.5 39-40.5 42-44.5
Waist 25.5-26.5 27.5-28.5 29.5-30.5 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 34.5-35.5 36.5-37.5 38.5-40 41.5-43 45-47
Short Inseam 29.5
Regular Inseam 32
Long Inseam 34.5
Size L
Bust 39-40.5 42-44.5
Waist 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 41.5-43 45-47
Short Inseam 29.5
Regular Inseam 32
Long Inseam 34.5
How to Measure
Womens size chart measurement guide
  • 1. Chest/Bust: Measure at the fullest part of the chest, under the armpits and over the shoulder blades, keeping the tape measure firm and level.
  • 2. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 3. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • 4. Sleeves: Start at the center back of your neck and measure across the shoulder and down to the wrist. Round up to the next even number.
  • 5. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.

How to Measure

Columbia Fit Guide

How to Measure

  • Fold up at dotted line.
  • Place against a wall or other 90 degree surface.

    Place heel against fold/wall on flat level surface.
  • Mark the end of the longest toe with a pen or pencil.
  • Measure both feet and use the larger measurement.
  • Read measurement and compare to size chart.
  • When comparing on the size chart, determine the closest larger measurement and use that number to determine your shoe size for your country’s shoe measurement standard.

Shipping & Returns

Shipping & Returns

Shipping Information

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UPS 2-Day Air $12.00 2-3 Business Days
UPS Overnight $19.00 1-2 Business Days
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Return Policy

Returns are accepted within 60 days of the purchase date online or in-store. Your apparel must be in original and unworn condition, with tags still attached. Footwear returns must also include the original box.

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