My absolute favorite hiking shirt. About eleven years…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55
My absolute favorite hiking shirt.
- Moisture wicking
- Excellent temp control
- Light fabric, needs a little tlc
About eleven years ago, I became a convert to merino wool shirts for hiking. At the time, I found most synthetic shirts to be less than comfortable. They felt hot and sticky and plasticky (is that even a word?), and not that pleasant to wear. When I ran across a Smartwool T on sale, I got one and tried it out, and was hooked.
The Ibex U-Sixty T-shirt has become my absolute favorite. The feel is super soft and light, with excellent temperature control. It feels cool when things heat up, but still provide good warmth when it gets a little chilly.
Moisture control is excellent, and the light 18.5 micron "Echo" fabric moves moisture very well, and dries relatively quickly. In warm weather, I can give it a quick rinse, and it'll be dry in an hour.
The fit is somewhat "athletic"... not loose, but not super snug either. Really, just right for wicking moisture quickly, and not accentuating the amount of beer I have consumed over the years.
Odor control is exceptional... after days in the backcountry, even when I don't smell great, it's not the shirt, just the guy.
Workmanship is excellent, nice clean and even stitching, and after a few years of use, no loose threads. But the fabric is light, and requires a little tlc. I've noticed that there are small holes in the shirt where the hipbelt rubs.
I have worn this shirt on many backpacking trips through the Sierras and Cascades, and it still remains my first choice for all kinds of trips, Spring through fall. Highly recommended.