After much searching stores and ordering “camp” shirts from outdoor catalogs, I am still in search of the Holy Grail, defined as follows:
1. Summer shirt that is cool but protective from the sun.
2. Long sleeve with a collar.
3. Synthetic material (I really like nylon).
5. Breathes like it isn’t there.
The first four are easy. Thousands of shirts meet those criteria. But, I cannot find a shirt that “breathes like it isn’t there.”
I’m surprised that I haven’t been arrested for deviant behavior as I go from rack to rack in stores, holding the shirts up to my mouth and trying to blow air through the material. With most shirts, even cotton, I think I could burst a lung before one molecule of air makes it through!
I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s the weave, not the material, that mostly determines breathability.
All the “camp” shirts that I have encountered, act more like “wind shirts.” If I need a wind shirt, I’ll bring one, but please give me a shirt that the wind blows through for those summer days! I realize some tee shirts breathes like this, but they don’t offer the protection from the sun and bugs to the arms and neck.
Nowhere is there a collection of outdoor knowledge greater than that here at BPL. Please help me find my shirt!