It’s easy to pop on a tee for walking, but shirts are an essential addition for longer hikes and trails with their technical features and specific comfort. Expertly woven fabrics, moisture control, weather treatments and other features can make a big difference to comfort during excursions, providing freedom of movement and great fit.
Our top 5 picks for 2017 feature different styles and brands to provide the widest choice, and have dedicated 3 awards to our favourite choices.
The Craghoppers Kiwi Trek Mens Shirt comes in a polyester/cotton blend to combine comfort, breathability and durability with a UPF 40+ protection which is ideal for a variety of different trips across the globe. The short-sleeved design is perfect for warmer termperatures, and if you’re looking for this style as a long sleeved design, that’s available too. The streamlined fit creates a comfortable style, and also makes it easy to layer waterproof or warm jackets should the weather turn without looking too bulky. With a solar shield collar, two simple chest pockets and a button up design, this is an ideal adventure shirt with the zip pocket being ideal for security.
The Tarn Flannell Mens Shirt combines style with innovation to create a high-tech shirt with everyday design. The soft and lightweight flannel is created with moisture wicking properties, and this combined with the long sleeves makes it ideal for days where the weather may turn or for long hikes that span through morning, midday or evening. The LAVA treated design means you will stay fresh on warm days with the anti-door treatment, making this an ideal summer shirt. With a blue check design, simple chest pocket and a soft yarn, this environmentally-friendly design complete with high UV protection with a UPF >40 factor.
The North Face Sequoia Mens Shirt has been created for hot days with short sleeves and technical fabrics. The abrasion-resistant nylon ripstop fabric is ideal for rugged pursuits, whilst still staying comfortable all day. The quick-drying fabric features a rear mesh ventilation system, making this an ideal shirt for warmer climates or a hot day, but the short sleeved design means it’s still easy to layer should the weather turn. With two front chest pockets featuring a zip closure, it’s easy to store your essentials securely.
Jack Wolfskin’s Hot Springs Mens Shirt combines classic check styling with a soft and lightweight organic cotton to create a shirt that is perfect for summer. The environmentally friendly material is soft enough to wear for long periods whilst staying comfortable. The chest pocket features the Jack Wolfskin embroided logo, making this ideal for both travel and leisure.
The NosiLife Adventure Shirt packs in a variety of technical features to create a perennial design with reliable protection. The Polyamide material is hard-wearing but comfortable for long hikes, and the long-sleeved design provides added protection. The NosiLife permanent insect repellent creates 90% less insect bites, and combines UV protection and a Solarshield. The vented back helps to keep you cool making this the perfect shirt for warm climates. With two chest pockets and an added zipper pocket for security, you can store all of your essentials on the move.
We hope our selection of 2017 shirts has helped you narrow down your choices for your next hiking adventure. As always, we have selected our favourite shirts for performance, appearance and value.
Best Performance – Craghoppers NosiLife Adventure Shirt
The NosiLife Adventure Shirt comes with a high level of protection, making this ideal for warmer climates and warm days on the trail. This shirt is light, durable, breathable and features UPF and insect repellent protection, handy features in any outdoor clothing.
Best Appearance – Haglof Tarn Flannell Mens Shirt
This shirt combines adventure technical style with casual designs with the check flannel aesthetic and long sleeves. With a simple chest pocket, this style is understated and the organic cotton makes this extremely comfortable.
Best Value – Craghoppers Kiwi Trek Mens Shirt
This jacket is one of the cheaper styles in our top 5, but still packs in technical features such as the UPF 40+ UV protection,