REI Sahara Tech Long-Sleeve Shirt
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50
Did the job, but there were a few drawbacks. Used this for a portion of my thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail in 2012.
- Dried very quickly
- Liked feature that allowed me to roll back sleeves
Oh, if only I’d known before the trail what I know now, I’d have saved so much money.
Let me start off by saying that this is a really nice shirt. It’s lightweight, you can roll back the long sleeves and make it kind of a short sleeve, and it’s got the good standing of being an REI product. It’s pretty pricey though retailing right around $50, but I thought “hey, if I’m gonna wear one shirt for six months it might as well be a nice one.”
After a week of wearing this without a hint of a shower of laundry, it starts building up pretty gnarly sweat salt lines around the shoulders and arms. That’s not a big deal, until you have to put it back on the next morning. I dreaded it every single day. It just feels…grimy.
Honestly this is a really nice shirt, but it’s not worth it for a thru-hike. I actually got rid of it in Pearisburg, got it back in Hanover expecting to need it for warmth, but ditched it shortly thereafter because I just liked my other shirt option so much more.
Price Paid: around $50
I've used this shirt on a couple of 5-day backpacking trips now, and I'm very happy with it.
For me, the key was size. I'm 6'1" with pretty wide shoulders but only 190 lbs (tall and fairly narrow waist). Most shirts that are long enough on the arms are like sails around my middle. The Tall Large, however, fit me pretty well.
The material was also light enough to leave the sleeves rolled down for sun protection, and the underarm vents seem to work pretty well. The material is also tightly woven enough that I did not get any bites through, and the shirt doubles as a decent wind layer (in fact, I now leave my windbreaker at home--this shirt plus a rain jacket (for very windy conditions) are all that is necessary).
No durability problems.
Price Paid: @50
Bought this for a long backpacking trip into the flatops. this can be a very buggy area and looking for weight reduction compared to old and reliable BDU top that keeps the bitters away with tight weave and although can be hot, it will always survive the worse conditions.
Biggest concern was stitching might not take the pack. It did, it also was tight enough weave to keep off most bug bites.
The other concern was cooler weather and if would provide a degree of wind resistant and being so light the degree of heat retention, it worked well enough with an Under Armour long sleeve thermal. Pretty happy with it so far.
For hunting season, will still rely on the old reliable military relic.
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The REI Sahara Tech long-sleeve shirt features a thoughtful construction that will keep you comfortable while traveling from the desert to the tropics to alpine terrain. Lightweight nylon fabric wicks moisture, dries quickly and breathes easily for great comfort; UPF 50+ rating provides excellent protection against harmful ultraviolet rays. Integrated mesh ventilation at the back yoke and under the arms helps keep you cool while traveling in warm climates. Cargo-style chest pockets provide ample space for travel essentials; envelope closures with rip-and-stick tabs keep items secure without the weight of button or snap closures. Button-close pocket on left sleeve holds small items at the ready. Shoulder seams are rolled forward to reduce rubbing while wearing a backpack. Rear locker loop lets you easily hang the shirt up to dry. Use the cord loop on the left chest pocket to hold your sunglasses when they're not required. Features a button-close front placket.