ExOfficio Sol Cool Crew Long Sleeve Shirt
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35
A great summer base-layer.
- High UPF
So, it's another ExOfficio review for me...and as usual I think ExOfficio has another great product...but the shirt is not perfect...as I would like to see at least one additional change.
First, the shirt does what it says .I use clothing instead of sunblock when concerned about sun-exposure (though I always carry a little sunblock on me). Like my bug-protection I have found that clothing is superior to chemicals as it is more reliable...renewable...less smelly...and ultimately lighter.
What ExOfficio has done is combine an excellent baselayer with the added benefit of sun-protection...so for summer outings where sun-exposure is a serious concern (mostly on rivers and lakes for me)...this shirt is a great piece of gear.
I wear this shirt everyday while I'm on the river and the shirt looks almost new (a little pin-hole from a fire in one of the sleeves). The shirt wicks well and dries fast...it also has a lot of stretch (despite the tight knit of the fabric) making it comfortable to wear all day while paddling (I have never found this shirt uncomfortable wearing it 12 hours or more a day for up to 10 days at a time).
The shoulders are moved forward...so theoretically I could wear this shirt comfortably backpacking...but thus far have never elected to because sun-exposure has either not been a concern or other articles of clothing have already provided the necessary protection.
Before I raise I complaint...I want to be absolutely clear...I love this shirt...but like all of ExOfficio's gear I had to wait to catch it on special through Amazon. Not that I care about what color shirt I get...but it is tiresome to always play the waiting game on Amazon to get some terrible color than nobody else wants just so I can save $20-30 (I would seriously wear any color shirt to save that much money). I wish they'd sell the yellow and pink shirts (for men) at discount on their website up-front...that way I could just buy the thing already.
Also...and here is my real criticism...what makes this shirt amazing is that it provides high UPF protection and is at the same time very comfortable...yet the collar on the short is a regular crew? I understand that thinking out of the box is not always easy...but a mid or full collar (like that on a lot of swimwear) would make this shirt amazing.
So again...I really like this shirt, but I would like to see ExOfficio add a little more collar and lower their price. Interestingly, they have added a hoody version of the shirt, but that seems like a little overkill for me...and not exactly ideal for swimming...but it does seem like a great backpacking baselayer!
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Here's what other sites are saying:
If you can only make room for one long-sleeved tee on the next near-water adventure, then you'd be crazy not to include the ExOfficio Men's Sol Cool Crew. The lightweight, stretchy Sol Cool material offers incredible moisture management, while a UPF-50 rating means you won't suffer through extreme sun exposure on a multi-day boat ride up the Amazon.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. ExOfficio Men's Sol Cool L-S Crew FEATURES of the ExOfficio Men's Sol Cool Long Sleeve Crew Underarm sleeve gusset Flatlock stitching Tagless heat transfer label Raglan sleeve Floating pocket loop Lightweight Odor Resistant Quick Drying Stretch Moisture Wicking Sun Guard 50+ SPECIFICATIONS of the ExOfficio Men's Sol Cool Long Sleeve Crew Sol Cool Jersey: 91% Polyester, 9% Spandex Natural fit
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
CLOSEOUTS . Designed with ICEFIL technology, ExOfficio's Sol Cool T-shirt is ready to take on heat and put it in its place. Its specially ventilated fabric blocks and disperses thermal radiation, and helps control odor, wick perspiration and protect from damaging UV rays. Available Colors: WHITE, OYSTER, LIGHT LAPIS, LIGHT ALOE, WHITE, LIGHT CORAL, SAGE, SALMON/PACIFIC, PACIFIC, PERSIMMON, HYDRANT, DUSTY OLIVE, SAILFISH/PACIFIC, TARPON/PACIFIC. Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
The ExOfficio Sol Cool(TM) T-shirt with Icefil(R) technology is engineered to keep you cool and comfortable during hot, sunny days on the trail. Icefil fabric features xylitol, a naturally occuring compound in birch trees, to cool your body when the fabric contacts moisture; can lower body temperature up to 5degF. With a UPF 50+ rating, fabric provides excellent protection against harmful ultraviolet rays. Lightweight polyester fabric/spandex absorbs sweat and disperses it quickly for fast drying. Seams are moved off of the shoulders to prevent rubbing when you're wearing a pack. Antimicrobial finish helps reduce odors. The ExOfficio Sol Cool(TM) T-shirt has underarm gussets that allow great mobility.
- REI refers to the men's version