Closeouts. Anything but your average crew neck T-shirt, ExOfficio's ExO Dri shirt is packed with performance features like Dri-Release® and FreshGuard® that keep you feeling cool, fresh, odor-controlled and dry for all-day comfort.
Reviewed by J S from Santa Clara, CA on Monday, October 15, 2012
I got three UV resistant and moisture wicking shirts to compare. I owned them for a couple of months now.
ExOfficio Sol Cool Long Sleeve Crew Tee
ExOfficio Exo Dri Long Sleeve Crew
REI OXT Tech Long-Sleeve T-Shirt
All three protect me sufficiently against the sun even after multiple cycles in the laundry.
The Sol Cool promised some active cooling due to some chemical in the fabric. Well it might be true but the coolest one is the Exo Dri. The Exo Dri contains 15% cotton which retain sweat a bit longer and the evaporation of it makes me feel nice cold. Of course the downside is that it stays wet longer (especially under a backpack) which can be a problem if the weather is cold, too windy or rainy.
The REI wicks away the moisture just like the Sol Cool but does not cool at all. It is very warm and makes me sweat more. When being active in the sun it becomes unbearably hot at times.
The REI OXT and Sol Cool are purely synthetic and don't change much after many laundry cycles and wearing backpacks. The Exo Dri lost a bit of its color (uniformly) and seems to have become a bit thinner.
Conclusion: Nothing really bad, just each shirt seems to be suited for different circumstances. ExOfficio should have switched the names for Exo Dri and Sol Cool. The Sol Cool is certainly more "Dri" and the Exo Dri keeps me more "Cool"
My favorite on a usual California day (sunny, no rain, warm) is the Exo Dri. Second would be the Sol Cool. If the weather doesn't get cold but there is rain and wind to be expected I would pick the Sol Cool first. If it gets very cold the REI OXT would be my first choice.
Reviewed by thelamby from New York, NY on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Exceptional shirt. Used shirt for 3 days on the trail without deodorant. Shirt repelled underarm odors and still smelled fresh after 3 days! Very comfortable in wide range of weather, great as a stand alone shirt or for layering. Thin material but strong and does a great job controlling temperature. So good I got 5 of these shirts.
Best Uses: Camping, Casual Wear, Hiking, Outdoor Activities, Travel, Work