Rohan Equator Shirt 2010

One for the bar rather than the trail, the Rohan Equator Shirt is a lightweight, comfortable shirt with two zipped pockets at the chest and looped hangers inside allowing you to hang and dry it quickly. And if the sleeves aren’t short enough already you can even tie them back further to reveal the full magnitude of your ‘guns’ or that tattoo you unwisely opted for in the back streets of Ouagadougou.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Páramo Kea Light Shirt 2010

While the cut and styling of the Páramo Kea Light Shirt hark back to colonial days, this is a hugely practical shirt that’s wicking and breathable enough for light trekking and comes with a host of secure features including two hidden zipped pockets and closely spaced buttons and collar to keep bugs out. It’s quick-drying and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50+.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Haglöfs Neo Short Sleeve 2010

The Haglöfs Neo Short Sleeve is made from quick-drying, recycled polyester that promises not to pong after a few days thanks to its Active Odor Control materials. A zipped chest pocket with mesh lining is both secure and aids venting. It won’t be what you want to wear up a hill, but it looks stylish enough for a full day’s yomp around exotic cities.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Kathmandu Marudi 2010

The Kathmandu Marudi is 100 per cent recycled and the company has signed up to 1% for the Planet. Not suited to long days trekking it does look fairly stylish in the departure lounge and has a discreet zipped pocket big enough for your passport and boarding card. Colourful but still not hip enough for full moon parties on the beach.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Mountain Hardwear Ravine 2010

If you’re looking for a short-sleeved shirt for a walking trip in a hot country the Mountain Hardwear Ravine is the best option. With mesh venting at the back and under the arms it will keep you cool yet still looks sufficiently non-techy to warrant being worn to the bar. Two zipped pockets on the chest add security and a bit of stretch in the material means this offers excellent freedom of movement.

Verdict
The best short-sleeved shirt for walkers in our review.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Vaude Samur 2010

The Vaude Samur shirt is made from cocona – a coconut-derived fabric that is odour-resistant. It feels less instantly airy than other tops here but it is comfortable and offers a sun protection factor (SPF ) of 25. It’s a good, functional top that would work well on gentler walks and at the all-you-can eat hotel buffet.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Berghaus Tshort Haul 2010

Berghaus has hit this market perfectly with the Tshort Haul, managing to produce kit that is practical and well cut. The shirt feels silky and cool, and comes with antimicrobial treatment that means even if you do get hot the clothing won’t pong. There’s a zipped pocket at the chest and mesh at the back to help wick sweat away.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


GoLite Parapoa 2010

A hint of safari suit means you can pay homage to Steve Irwin with the GoLite Parapoa. This shirt is very cool (both climatically and sartorially) with one secure zipped pocket and little stretch to the material. It feels less run-of-the-mill than the majority here and is a great option although it’s not made for full days trekking.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Craghoppers Nosquito 2010

The Craghoppers Nosquito is a cracking shirt that looks better than the majority of clothing aimed at the travel market. Made from ‘Nosquito’ material, it is designed to ward off bugs and with good venting on the back it should keep you cool. It has a sun protection factor (SPF ) of 40 and one hidden  internal zipped pocket that will take a passport.

Verdict
The best long-sleeved shirt in our review.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Rohan Shimmer Shirt 2010

The Rohan Shimmer Shirt is billed as ‘Technology disguised as clothing’, and it certainly is stylish. The material stretches, dries quickly, keeps the sun off and wicks perspiration away, but somehow it feels uncomfortable next to the skin. Try it on first, and if that’s not an issue for you there’s plenty to recommend it: hidden zip pockets, drying loops and great outdoor functionality.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Golite Wicklow Polo 2010

The Golite Wicklow Polo is an exceptionally comfortable top that does suggest a ladies’ golfing event. The cool material feels better able to cope with hot days trekking, and it’s still smart and presentable enough for a night out on the tiles. There’s a small zip pocket hidden away in the seams that could easily foil a would-be pickpocket.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


The North Face Stretch Boulder 2010

The North Face’s Stretch Boulder shirt is practical yet attractive and made from Vapourwick, which means it should cope well with the heat. It also comes with venting at the back to keep you cool, there’s a hidden zipped pocket in the seams and it’s made of 100 per cent recycled material. Sleeves can be long or short thanks to straps.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010

Verdict
The best long-sleeved shirt in our review.

 


Craghoppers Nosquito Susi 2010

The Craghoppers Nosquito Susi is a very flattering shirt made of cotton: not ideal for a long day’s walking but the kind of thing I’d like to have in my pack for an evening exploring. There’s an internal zipped pocket at the chest and loops inside so you can hang it up to dry. No extra venting so although this is cool, it isn’t as practical for walkers as others on test here.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Mountain Hardwear Ramesa 2010

Lots of venting on the Mountain Hardwear Ramesa 2010 top makes it an ideal choice for walkers in hot climes: perfect for the trail, and pretty enough to be worn out afterwards. The sleeves, although short, aren’t as high as others. An in-seam zipped pocket gives an extra bit of security and the material is suitably cool, comfortable and easy to wash and dry.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Páramo Sumaco Shirt 2010

The Páramo Sumaco Shirt does feel like silk against your skin: it’s very cool and wonderfully comfortable. And it’s packed to the rafters with technical features including Velcro adjusters at the wrist and a hidden zipped pocket – but surprisingly there are no straps to shorten the sleeves. As with the men’s version the sizes do come up very large so it’s worth trying on before you buy.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Haglöfs Lute Q 2010

I expected the Haglöfs Lute Q top to be far prettier than it turned out to be once on. It looks rather like a bowling shirt and the shape didn’t flatter – but that might not be the case for you. The material is suitably cool and comfortable, and it comes with Polygiene odour control to keep you relatively fresh even after a long day’s walking. There are two open pockets with extra venting at the sides but no secure stowage, and the sleeves are too short to protect against the sun in really hot countries.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Royal Robbins Boulevard 2010

The Royal Robbins Boulevard is a safari-style top with four pockets and a tie waist. The sleeves can roll down to full length or be button-secured to give a good-looking short-sleeved look. It’s very comfortable but as it’s white it won’t look great after a day of anything more than sightseeing. And it’s slightly see-through, so not for countries with a strict dress code.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Vaude Micro Mikeli 2010

Plain, lightweight, great colour, almost shiny and close-fitting: the Vaude Micro Mikeli, a 100 per cent polyester top, feels very comfortable, but it does have a tendency to cling to extra flesh so you need to have the figure to deal with it. It boasts ‘Bluesign’ credentials, which means it’s been made responsibly, and has UPF50+ sun protection.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010