Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike!
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clint gorbett
(ClintG) - F
Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike! on 04/23/2012 12:54:50 MDT Print View

I'm considering picking up the golite parapoa but the internet is almost completely void of reviews. I have heard the ex-officio air strip shirt has short sleeves and I am a lanky 6'4". What shirts have you guys had experience with?

Larry M
(Maethros) - MLife

Locale: Mid South
Re: Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike! on 04/23/2012 15:06:18 MDT Print View

Patagonia Sol Patrol.

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Re: Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike! on 04/23/2012 16:37:34 MDT Print View

Railrider Eco-Mesh

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Golite BL-1 on 04/23/2012 16:52:17 MDT Print View

I wore a white Golite long sleeve Baselayer shirt border to border. I believe it called a BL-1. (It was size large and weghs 5.2 oz.) This shirt survived the entire trip, though it ceased to be white about Warner Springs. I had bought two of these so hopefully I will be wearing this short for a long while.

clint gorbett
(ClintG) - F
Re: Golite BL-1 on 04/23/2012 17:13:35 MDT Print View

Similar to http://www.golite.com/Ms-Wildwood-Longsleeve-Run-Top-P46762.aspx that shirt?

Joseph R
(Dianoda) - MLife

Locale: Chicago, IL
Re: Re: Golite BL-1 on 04/23/2012 19:52:18 MDT Print View

I'm pretty sure the BL-1 became the Manitou Hiking Shirt - they are about same weight and are constructed from the same materials.

http://www.golite.com/Ms-Manitou-Longsleeve-Hiking-Top-P46760.aspx

I've also heard very good things about the railrider's eco-mesh shirts (then again, you could have 3 of the golite shirts for same price if you use the extra 20% off coupon).

Tommy Franzen
(Tomlike) - F

Locale: Pacific Wonderland
Exofficio on 04/23/2012 22:10:51 MDT Print View

I like the Exofficio Trip'r shirts, similar to the Airstrip but without the big ol' chest pockets. I'm 6'1" and the medium fits well. Can be had for a good deal through Sierra Trading Post, especially with a 30% coupon

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/exoffico-super-trip%E2%80%99r-shirt-upf-30-plus--long-sleeve-for-men~p~4037a/?filterString=s~exofficio-trip%2F&colorFamily=01

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike!" sol patrol? on 04/24/2012 10:14:31 MDT Print View

Larry: I'm looking for a sun shirt. Anything more to add about the Sol Patrol? I'm especially interested in its ventilation, or lack thereof Thanks!

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
generic REI on 04/24/2012 13:27:26 MDT Print View

I've been happy with whatever light (no cotton) long sleeved hiking shirt that I find on sale at REI. Once I found one with a checked pattern, which I liked given that most hiking shirts are solid colored "obviously a hiking shirt" type.

I don't think it's that big a deal. A much bigger deal is going SOBO on the PCT this year. I live in WA state and earlier in the season it was looking like a modest snow year, but we got a lot in March so that now we're well above average for snowpack. So unless you have the requisite experience and logistics to go the pace implied by that, or perhaps you plan to flip at least once ... I'd guess it could be a tougher go this year than usual.

I'm not saying it's not do-able; I did the CDT SOBO last year, and it was quite a high snow year there too. The additional issues you'll face above and beyond those normal to a thru-hike in terms of slower going, possible avalanche hazard, creek crossings, navigation challenges ... best of luck anyway. Last year my initial hiking partner nearly lost his life in a creek crossing on literally our second day on trail.

I hope that you report back after the fact and let us know how it worked out for you.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike! on 04/24/2012 13:49:16 MDT Print View

I haven't found much of a difference between my various Columbia, REI and Railrider Ecomesh shirts.

I am starting to favor an actual cuff because I can unbutton it and let the cuffs cover my hands so they don't get sunburned.

One thing I'd look for in a new shirt is permithrin to keep ticks at bay. If you already have permithrin, you can treat it yourself, but it's somewhat expensive if you don't.

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Bug Protection on 04/24/2012 15:34:34 MDT Print View

"One thing I'd look for in a new shirt is permithrin to keep ticks at bay. If you already have permithrin, you can treat it yourself, but it's somewhat expensive if you don't."

+1 on this. You can buy a Gallon of Hotshot bedbug killer for about $12. It will be enough to do all your clothing, shoes etc for your trip. It kept the critters off my for about a month before needing another shot.

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: Re: Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike! on 04/25/2012 07:15:12 MDT Print View

Columbia PFG gear shirts, long sleeve. Good poly with wicking properties, lightweight, comfortable and blocks sun.. Snap front has good mesh ventilation in back.

clint gorbett
(ClintG) - F
SOBO on 04/25/2012 22:24:56 MDT Print View

Thanks for the info, and yeah if it's going to be a problem we will simply start farther south and finish the north sections we skipped later if we felt like it.

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
re: Bug Protection on 04/26/2012 10:36:31 MDT Print View

"One thing I'd look for in a new shirt is permithrin to keep ticks at bay. If you already have permithrin, you can treat it yourself, but it's somewhat expensive if you don't."


I had mailed such a shirt to myself to start the Sierras on the PCT in '08, but then noticed a post somewhere from someone that talked about getting a rash. Then I heard about someone on-trail who had also got a rash on his back from such a shirt. So I mailed it home, and stuck with a regular shirt. Life was fine without it; a good part of the way thru-hikers deal with bugs is by not taking breaks. They're typically a lot less bothersome if you can just keep moving.

I am NOT positive that the permetherim is/was a problem, but I would pay less attention to folks that have worn such a shirt on a week or less outing to someone who's worn it constantly for weeks or months on end --- if you can find someone like that to talk to. Perhaps it also has to do with individual body chemistry too, dunno.

In any event, for long distance backpacking I'm now un-interested in this approach. I still have the shirt, still unused; maybe I'll remember to wear it on a shorter buggy trip sometime.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: re: Bug Protection on 04/26/2012 11:10:52 MDT Print View

I wore permithrin treated shirts continuously for 2 months in 2010 and 3 months in 2011. I've also used it on shorter trips.

I tend to treat my clothing more heavily where I think it will make a bigger difference. That is at the bottom of my pants, bottom of shirt and sleeves. I also put some on my pack so that ticks that catch a ride on my pack will die before crawling around to me.

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike!" on 04/26/2012 19:58:28 MDT Print View

After some research just picked up the Mountain Hardwear Canyons shirt. Check out the reviews. I've always hiked in a capilene base. Suddenly I like the idea of an spf 30 sunshirt that is well ventilated under the arms, with a large collar that can be flipped up for sun protection, and that will repel mosquitoes far better than capilene. Although I'll probably treat this shirt with permethrin if it works as well as I hope next week on this year's inaugural Sierra backpack!

Or I might find that it's just too sweaty, as I want to use this shirt as a base-layer, with nothing underneath, instead of my capilene base. We'll see.

clint gorbett
(ClintG) - F
Shirt for SOBO PCT on 04/26/2012 20:23:16 MDT Print View

I ended up getting the Exofficio Reef runner LT. I ordered it in a medium because I'm very lanky though it still has 36" arms and a more slim fit for me. I'll post back with a review after I have taken it on a few extended trips over these next 2 or so months until I leave. Also, my Zimmerbuilt pack is arriving tomorrow, I will make sure to review it before and after the PCT.