- Oct 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm #3497857
This thread is a few years old. Our troop is doing Sea Base next year, and I’m looking at shirts that provide good sun protection, vent well for the heat and humidity and resist stink.
Are there any better options out there today?Oct 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm #3497863
Russ WBPL Member
@gatome83Locale: Southeastern US
For me, OR (Outdoor Research) is the absolute bomb, in terms of weight, quality and function. Check out the echo long sleeve shirt and the Sun Runner Cap. Above treeline, find some minimal gloves for the backs of your hands. Beats sunscreen IMO.
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Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
If you don’t have bugs around, the OR Echo is the bomb. Get the lightest color they have.Oct 22, 2017 at 10:50 pm #3497919
Not sure what the bug issue is like. We’ll be with scouts on a 40′ sailboat in the Florida Keys. I’m sure there will be bugs at times. I’m assuming a lot of the time there will be wind, which at those times, there won’t be bugs.
I’m looking for sun protection but airy and lightweight. Low stink factor is an issue, too.Oct 25, 2017 at 9:04 am #3498288
Graham FBPL Member
@02174424Locale: Victoria-Southeast Australia
For males size up 1 or 2 sizes from your normal size or go in and try it on. I am a M/L male and have ordered online 4 of these in Womens XL. I have several and they are gold! Cool (YES believe it) and sun resistant. Fit to the skin a bit yes, but tried and tested in Australia and NZ in summer-looseness is perhaps mis-rated.There is a hoody version as well. Walked multiple hours in the sun with no sunscreen and no sunburn, they even cover your hands, wash and dry very quick. I wear a light woolen Tshirt under it which DOES mitigate the smell to nothing, and a hat, if it’s real hot I use an umbrella-Montbell UL. Added bonus -you will be wearing womens clothes so you can tell your friends!
I also have an Icebreaker Departure LS shirt which WILL NOT SMELL for days and days. Perfect for those less warm days, but oh so expensive. Bought several on sale so I was lucky-probably the only buying advantage for an Australian maybe with IB a NZ company. Often cheaper here than in NZ! Happy walking, Cheers.Oct 25, 2017 at 11:13 am #3498298
Matt DirksenBPL Member
@namelesswayLocale: Mid Atlantic
+1 for the OR Echo. Regarding bugs, I’ve been treating mine with permethrin before the season starts, and have never been bothered by insects whatsoever.
Probably a non-issue at Sea Base. Lots of wind down there.Oct 25, 2017 at 11:31 am #3498300
It looks like retailers are cutting back on their stock of the OR Echo, which is probably due to the change in seasons. I got one on sale at backcountry.com and hopefully it will work well.
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