Hi folks, my membership recently ran out, and when i tried to renew, it wouldn't let me sign up as just a forum member and so i had to create another account (at least i couldn't see or figure out how to do so).
Anyways, i recently came back from a very hot and humid climate with intense sun/UV, and the OR Echo long sleeve shirt (in white and nipple proud) was one of my primary shirts that i used.
I was really impressed. Especially for such a humid climate, it was cooling in nature, and provided more than enough UV protection for my crisp easy celtic complexion. I also wore it at the beach in the water as my UV protection.
It did pretty well in the stink department, but i only wore it about 3 days out of a 6 day trip. However, i was certainly sweating constantly in it.
Normally i would wear all linen in such conditions, but wanted to try out this shirt. Because of the very high humidity, i would say this shirt did even better than my linen shirts in keeping me cool because of the combo of thinness, breathability, quicker evaporation, and uber white color. How much better is hard to say. If polyester was a more conductive material, it would simply rock. The uber thinness did help to compensate for that though.
If someone ever develops a dyneema or spectra based type shirt that wicks well, has a breathable weave, and doesn't stink, it will give thin polyester, nylon and linen a run for the money for hot, very humid weather application because it's so conductive in nature (yet would dry really fast when thin because it's so hydrophobic).
Anyways, would give the OR Echo long sleeve shirt a 9 out of 10, until the polygiene wears out... (in a few years or so?)