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Backpacking Light Thorofare Trekking Shirt (CLOSEOUT)


Weighed On Our Scales » 4.6 oz (130g), size med.

Backpacking Light Thorofare Trekking Shirt (CLOSEOUT)

Introducing the Thorofare Collection from Backpacking Light. Ultralight trekking apparel designed to be lightweight, durable and stylish

Lightweight and Durable Clothing for Wilderness Trekking and Adventure Travel.

Named after the remotest region in the lower forty-eight United States, the Thorofare Collection reflects the absolute need to trim as much weight as possible in order to trek to the remotest regions on the planet. Traditional styling (collared, snap shirt and long pants) reflects the style of the first 19th century explorers to the Thorofare region, but modern fabrics reflect high-tech performance. The Thorofare is perhaps most famous for its extreme heat for a mountain region (daytime temperatures commonly exceed 90 degrees at 8,000 feet) and its ability to produce more mosquitoes than any temperate climate in the world.

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Backpacking Light Thorofare Collection
Desert Tan

Backpacking Light Thorofare Collection
In a meadow

Backpacking Light Thorofare Collection
Shirt Pocket

Backpacking Light Thorofare Collection
Desert Tan

Backpacking Light Thorofare Collection
Dark Sepia

Notes from the Field

The Thorofare Collection is designed to combat the stresses its namesake and other locations can throw at you. Optimized for hiking in hot weather and in buggy conditions, without the need for chemical, pesticide-based fiber treatments the Thorofare has shined in field tests as both a next-to-skin layer and a light shell layer worn over base layers.

Thorofare Trekking Shirt Details

The Thorofare Trekking Shirt is styled in the manner of a traditional adventure shirt. It has lightweight snaps up the front for opening and closing as desired. There is also a snap located on each upper arm, allowing the user to roll the sleeves, and using a snap located on a flap of fabric on the inside of the sleeve, effectively "tie off" the roll without worry of it coming undone. The shirt is collared, and a snap closure at the neck line allows the shirt to be snapped shut right at the neck. There are also two snaps located on each wrist, allowing for varying tightness at the cuffs. The shirt has a left-side breast pocket with lightweight zip. The pocket has a bellows pleat to allow space for items you want at the ready, and a small flap of fabric is sewn above and slightly over the zipper to keep water from dripping directly into the pocket.


"The shirt in particular shines — featuring snap closures up the front, a zippered chest pocket, a tie-off for rolled sleeves, and classic styling. It’s highly functional as a backcountry shirt, yet refined enough to wear to swanky restaurants." Review by Aaron Teasdale, Adventure Cycling Magazine, Nov/Dec 2008

The Quest for Lighter Gear

Ultralight backpacking gearlists often contain two columns, Gear Carried and Gear Worn. People touting the lowest weights in their packing lists usually refer to their Gear Carried weight which refers to the weight of gear in their backpack. These weights are often impressive, but leave out the weight of items that are worn on their person such as trekking poles, shoes, and clothing.

Reducing weight in all categories will improve hiking performance, reduce stress, and thereby increase overall enjoyment. Three items carried by hikers that are often heavy are shoes, trekking poles, and clothing. Backpacking Light has addressed lightweight trekking poles with our Stix line and has addressed insulated clothing with our Cocoon and UL Merino lines

Clothing Ensembles and Layering

Backpacking Light is devoted to helping you achieve the perfect clothing system. For summer hiking, the Thorofare Trekking Shirt can be worn as a stand-alone piece to provide protection from the sun or bugs and will act as a barrier against the first chilling breezes of the morning and evening. When hiking in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, a bit more warmth will be desired. The cut of the Thorofare Trekking Shirt is such that it pairs nicely with our line of UL Merino Wool base layer apparel. The combination of the Merino base layer and the Thorofare outer layer will provide solid, all around performance in thermal regulation, comfort, and adaptability to your environment.

Care Instructions

Machine wash cold using Revivex Synthetic Fabric Cleaner. An optional step if you want the surface to retain an aggressive DWR treatment to minimize soiling and maximize water bead-up is to use Revivex Spray on Water Repellent. Another option would be Sawyer Bug Repellent - Permethrin clothing treatment.

Notable Features

  • Tight weave
  • Superb breathability
  • Classic styling
  • Ultralight fabrics

Trekking Shirt Specifications

  • Pockets: One (1) zippered breast pocket
  • Weight: 4.6 oz (130g) in size medium
  • Colors: Desert Tan or Dark Sepia

Sizing Information

For sizing on the Thorofare Trekking Shirt please visit Backpacking Light's sizing chart (link will open in new window/tab).
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