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todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Coolest Long Sleeve? on 04/23/2010 14:15:44 MDT Print View

Going to Colorado late Aug/early Sept and wonder what the coolest (temp-wise, not style:) ) Long sleeve shirt is?

We'll be in the Gore Range area, with high altuitude and I want to not have to worry much about sunscreen when possible. Problem is, I get HOT. Also, keep in mind minimizing the FUNK factor.

Thanks in advance!

William Puckett
(Beep) - F

Locale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
Coolest Long Sleeve Shirt on 04/23/2010 14:29:45 MDT Print View

Check out the Railriders Eco-Mesh Shirt.

Edited by Beep on 04/23/2010 14:30:16 MDT.

Matthew Reese
(mbrktn) - F

Locale: East Tennessee
Re: Coolest long sleeve shirt on 04/23/2010 14:36:04 MDT Print View

Ibex, Icebreaker, Smartwool, and others make very light wool base layers that are supposed to keep funk to a minimum. I prefer the styles with a chest zip, both for the venting and the higher neck coverage. Railriders also makes some nice look looking shirts. I haven't tried their shirts but do wear their Eco-mesh pants and like them a lot.

Brett Peugh
(brettpeugh) - F

Locale: Midwest
ls on 04/23/2010 14:53:59 MDT Print View

I like my Patagonia SunTech as it has the mesh on the side and is still button up the whole front.

Patagonia also used to make a Wool 2 LS

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
More Options on 04/23/2010 17:37:57 MDT Print View

Look at these:

1. REI Sahara shirt (& pants)of polyester

2. Colombia Titanium poly shirt

3. Cabela's Guidewear Polyester shirts (collar becomes turrn-up neck shade)

All have fully vented backs W/ poly mesh beneath.

Cabela's has the most features and sizes.

Edited by Danepacker on 04/24/2010 07:42:13 MDT.

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Coolest Long Sleeve shirt on 04/23/2010 17:59:40 MDT Print View,default,pd.html

Columbia Sportswear Tamiami II is positively the coolest shirt I have come across, and I've tried many. This is 100% polyester and breathes like no-see-um netting. I use this for fly fishing because it is not very durable, sort of like a knit material, but it's not knit.

My next favorite is RailRiders Madison River shirt. It's like the Eco-mesh but with a collar and a bit longer sleeves. I like the fact that I can turn up the collar to keep the sun off the back of my neck.

Truth be told though, I prefer wearing wool for hiking, year round.

First Last
(snusmumriken) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Ex Officio Air Strip Lite on 04/23/2010 18:57:45 MDT Print View

Ex Officio Air Strip Lite

Expensive at $80 - sometimes they have them at Sierra Trading Post for half or less.

I wore this last year on the JMT. Every day all day for three weeks. It protected from the sun, and after I sprayed it in permethrin also from the mosquitos. It was nice to not have to cover my body in gunk every day. At the end of the trip it was incredibly dirty, so bad I thought I might have to burn it, but one run in the washer and it looks like new.

Kimberly Wersal
(kwersal) - MLife

Locale: Western Colorado
Be Cool on 04/23/2010 21:00:25 MDT Print View

I'm glad to hear you liked the Air Strip Lite, Kristin. I've been looking at this shirt at STP (at about half price). It's time to put in in my cart.

First Last
(snusmumriken) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Fits loose on 04/23/2010 21:22:29 MDT Print View

Kimberly - The air strip lite fits pretty big and loose. Very comfortable, but the next one I order I will size down.

James Naphas
(naphas13) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Re: Be Cool on 04/23/2010 23:47:31 MDT Print View

I don't get how people think the Air Strip Lite is cool. I own one, and only use it for day hikes where I'm reasonably sure I'll be done by mid-morning before the day heats up. I'd never take it backpacking; it's useless for me at anything over 65 degrees or so, or even on a steep uphill. I consider it as slightly cooler than a tee shirt with a light windshirt over the top.

Yeah, good sun protection and all if you've got the sleeves rolled down, but no way I can hike in it with them down if it's more than about 55F out. If they're rolled up it's marginally better sun coverage than a regular tee shirt.

I think I'd opt for something like a LS capilene silkweight, or I guess it's a 1 now, instead, with the sleeves pushed up if needed as the day gets hot.

Drew Smith
(Drewsmith) - M

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Sahara vs Ex Officio on 04/24/2010 06:29:38 MDT Print View

I've hiked in the Sahara shirt for several years and found it rather hot, although fairly wind-resistant when above treeline. I just got an Ex Officio Fly Lite at STP and have been on a few dayhikes with it - it is about 4 oz lighter, definitely more breathable, and feels less plasticky than the Sahara.

I definitely prefer the Ex Officio Amphi convertible pants to the Sahara for much the same reasons. EO has done a better job of figuring out how to make polyester feel more like cotton.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Look no further than where you are! on 04/24/2010 07:36:03 MDT Print View

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Thorofare Trekking Shirt available right here on Backpacking Light. It provides UV protection, wicks well, and is barely there at 4.5 oz. Except for the deep winter months, it's my shirt of choice.


Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Coolest Long Sleeve? on 04/24/2010 08:19:42 MDT Print View

Best I've found is a zip-necked 150-ish weight merino. Unzip all the way, push the sleeves up, hike away. Far more breathable than synthetics, better w/temp regulation, and infinitely better at minimizing funk.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Coolest Long Sleeve? on 04/24/2010 08:34:32 MDT Print View

What style of shirt are you looking for? - Zip T, or "button front"?

What kind of shirt do you use now?
And does "sweaty back" enter into the equation?

Brett Peugh
(brettpeugh) - F

Locale: Midwest
wool on 04/24/2010 10:36:36 MDT Print View

@Brad, have you found that a looser fit or tighter fit wool works better?

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Coolest Long Sleeve? on 04/24/2010 11:09:03 MDT Print View

Usually I hike in a SW lightweight 1/4 zip or a midweight crew. I like the versatility of long sleeves, being able to pull them up or down. But a lot of the time even with the sleeves up, I was still too hot Now I'm trying out the smartwool arm warmers in conjunction with whatever shirt I feel would work best per that trip. (now my shirt is the SW Ram... -shackle?, -part? Ram- something. Its weave is looser and uses coarser (don't know if that's the right word) wool so it feels more like a jersey. It is short sleeve and the arm warmers work well with it.

I like the arm warmers so far because I can pull the top of the sleeve down and vent my upper arm. Yeah it makes me look kinda like Rob Halford or something, but It offers Full long sleeve, lower OR upper arm shortsleeve, or remove them for short sleeve. I estimate their weight at 2oz.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Cap 1 on 04/24/2010 11:56:21 MDT Print View

Capilene 1 in the summer, long sleeve (easy to pull sleeves up)- dries quick too

nice for sleeping as well

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
re: Coolest Long Sleeve? on 04/24/2010 11:57:18 MDT Print View

I have also experimenting with deFeet Wool arm warmers with an Icebreaker Chase s/s zip-top. It took me a little while to find a 1/4-zip s/s wool top though -- just not that many out there. I think the chase is a 180g top, so possibly a little warm for summer use.

This can be a versatile system: push the sleeves up, lower the upper portion of the sleeve to cool the underarm area or easily stow the sleeves. Also the cuffs can be pulled down over the hand, like a fingerless glove.

Icebreaker Chase s/s top: 6.90 oz
DeFeet Wool Arm Warmers: 2.90 oz

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: wool on 04/24/2010 12:04:07 MDT Print View

Hey, Brett- Icebreaker has some pieces that are almost compression underwear, ala under armour... personally I can't stand them. But I also don't like baggy fits. In the middle is good for me, so the non-painted-on IB stuff, the Pat stuff, some Minus 33... haven't tried Ibex yet, but will early fall.

Brett Peugh
(brettpeugh) - F

Locale: Midwest
looseness on 04/24/2010 12:14:35 MDT Print View

@Brad, Just asking as the Patagonia Wool 2 crew is a little loose while the zip neck is bodyfit tight. Might just have to go with the crew.