The UPF 30 shirt proved ideal during five days of hiking and boating in the hot, humid, and buggy Amazon. The collar unfolds twice for extra sun coverage, and a vented mesh panel across the upper back kept us from overheating in temps upward of 95°F. The tight weave of the fabric prevents bugs from biting through.
Shirts typically start feeling crunchy after a few days of constant sweat and dry cycles. But the Explorer remained presentable after a week, thanks to Omni-Shield, which uses a proprietary method for integrating the DWR with the fabric for better resistance to moisture and grime.
Two front chest pockets are large enough for an energy bar or a passport, and the hem has a small triangular microfiber patch for cleaning lenses.
The slightly relaxed—but not sloppy—shape maximizes airflow.
$50; 8 oz. (M)