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long sleeve shirts for hot weather


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  • Added on: April 19th, 2011
I am looking to stock up on a couple of long sleeve shirts for hot weather (africa / safari type). I like the ExOfficio air strip lite, but can someone recommend some good alternatives? Are the columbia versions decent when compared to ExOfficio?

My requirements would be:

long sleeve
decent SPF
easy to care (backpacking trek, ~ 1 week)
maybe able to take an insect repellent treatment
generally available brand (not a house brand I can only buy from a specific place)


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  • Added on: April 20th, 2011
I actually prefer the Columbia brand. Most of the Air Strip shirts I see are solid colors and I like plaids or stripes because they show wrinkles and dirt less. Got one yesterday for half price.
The feature I most value in a pack is a Sherpa.


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  • Added on: April 21st, 2011
Exofficio's Air strip is the one and only I am using in hot climates, dry or humid, with or without bugs. I have tried other brands, but they just do not breathe properly. The actual design, pockets, flaps and so on is copied by many the problem is ,in my opinion, the quality of the fabric other brands use. The material used by Exofficio is much lighter and overall suitable for travel under hot conditions. The quality of the material cames in play, especially when you have to wear long sleeves, in a desert at well over 40C, with little or no wind, or when you face high humidity. On CNN or NATGEO you will notice quite frequently reporters wearing Exofficio shirts.


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  • Added on: April 21st, 2011
I prefer a shirt like the one I bought in Mexico, which has a loose weave. Air goes THROUGH it, but the sun does not. They're hard to find, not sold in the USA unless you go through Amazon, but they seem to be the best.

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