I wore this simple, 100-percent polyester shirt on an eight-day climbing trip in the Alps and was impressed with its wicking (even on a long, 70°F approach to Mont Blanc) and quick-dry performance. The large, mesh back panel offered excellent ventilation and kept my back comfortable under a heavy pack, and the UPF 50 fabric provided protection under the alpine sun. Seams are flat and unobtrusive, and fit is trim but not snug. The fabric’s embedded, odor-absorbing activated carbon and micro-minerals won’t wash out, and fended off funk for an impressive four strenuous days before the shirt started to smell ripe. $45; 5.8 oz. (L); m’s S-XXL; terramarsports.com
Best For: High-output, multiday trips
» Joel Nyquist
» Duration Aug. to Nov.
» Locales/conditions French and Swiss Alps, England, Scotland; 10°F to 70°F; sun, wind, snow
» “It smelled good enough to sit in a Grindelwald café immediately after climbing the 13,474-foot Mönch.”