In summer I like to wear sun proof clothing and long sleeves instead of reapplying sun cream when I’m out walking all day. So in the summer I often wear Rohan’s Expedition Shirt which has a UPF 40+ rating.
I walked the Isle of Wight coast path in temperatures of nearly 30 degrees, carrying all my kit and camping wild every night. I wore the shirt every day for a week and found it never looked sweaty and breathed really well, so I felt pretty good in it considering the high temperatures.
The only problem with the shirt was it smelt after a day or so, and because of this, needed washing everyday. The shirt was easy to wash and didn’t need ironing, I just wrung it out and hung it up to dry and it looked good again. In the high temperatures I had during the day, I found washing the shirt in cold water and then putting it straight back on worked well, keeping me cooler for longer.
Rohan say the shirt takes 3 hours to dry, but I found it dried a lot faster than that. In the sun and heat we had, it was dry in an hour or so.
The shirt was brand new prior to starting the walk but I am wearing a discontinued colour. I usually buy discounted Rohan clothing from their offers page or sale. My shirt is a medium and weighed 244g.
Rohan’s Expedition Shirt looks smart, doesn’t show the sweat, dries really quickly and doesn’t need ironing.
But because I was camping wild on this trip, a better choice may have been Rohan’s Core Silver T-shirt. The silver means it would not have had the same problem with smelling and needing to be washed everyday. I have used these for years and they have been my top of choice during the summer. Or you could try the Rohan Equator Shirt, which has Silvadur odour control technology but not the Insect Shield. Merino wool T-shirts are also a good choice but I find them too warm for summer and only use them in colder weather.
So if you want to look smart, take the shirt and be prepared to wash it or the T-shirt for an easy, reasonably smell free trip…
What Rohan say about the Expedition Shirt:
It’s made from a blend of durable technical fabrics which feels like soft cotton and yet offering robust performance. Our technical Expedition Shirt has also been treated with Insect Shield®, a process which bonds Permethrin into the fabric converting clothing into long-lasting, effective and convenient insect protection.
The relaxed, comfortable fit provides good air circulation around the body. Long sleeves adjust from full length with tabs and the hem provides enough length to tuck in but still looks presentable when worn outside the waistband for greater ventilation.
Dynamic Moisture Control™ provides effective wicking to prevent stickiness, and the UPF 40+ sun protection* rating minimises the risk of sunburn.
Finally, there’s a hanging loop and Dryloops™ feature, so you can hang the Expedition Shirt up to dry overnight, wherever you are.
*A Note on Sun Protection
All Rohan garments carrying our sun protection icon have been tested in accordance with recognised international standards for ultraviolet radiation protection. Garments which meet the required standard are awarded a rating of UPF 40+. Protection may be significantly reduced with extended wear or if the garment is stretched or wet. Any associated UV risks will vary according to individual skin type or medical history.
*A Note on Insect Shield®
Insect Shield® technology converts clothing into convenient, comfortable and effective protection against biting insects. Each Insect Shield® labelled garment is treated with Permethrin, an invisible an odourless ingredient which protects against insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges. The treatment is so tightly bonded to the fabric fibres that it retains effectiveness through the expected life of the product – well beyond the limits of most fabric finishes.
Fabric: 71% polyamide, 29% polyester.
Pack Size: 580ml
Drying Time: 3 hour