The first thing I did with this shirt is wear it to the office, which was quite an improvement over my usual attire. More than just look good though, this lightweight, loose-fitting, long-sleeve, button-down shirt provided me with great bug and sun protection and venting in temps from up to the 70s.
The nylon fabric is treated with Insect Shield, a permethrin-based formula that bugs don’t like. In Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in Portland, Oregon, Colchuck Lake in Washington’s Enchantments, and several places in between, I watched as bugs landed on the shirt, then quickly shoved off, and I experienced no bites through the fabric. The Insect Shield additive is designed to last 70 washings. Mine is still repelling after approximately 15.
At 8 ounces, this shirt is light and useful enough to throw in my pack any time of year. The wide chest pockets (zippered on one side and Velcroed on the top) are great for maps, lighters and miscellaneous items. I also liked the UPF 30-plus sun protection of the light, green-checked pattern, which reflects heat more than darker clothes.
My only beefs: It fits larger than most mediums—I’d size down next time. And, it’s pricey.