Reviewed by Colorado Kurt from Grand Junction, CO on Friday, September 14, 2012
This review applies to the LARGE size. I am an average guy with broad shoulders. My chest measures 39 and waist is 33, but my shoulders measure 46. I don't know if that's big, but I know the MEDIUM size of this shirt looks great but is a little tight in the shoulders. I tried it but found it slightly too restrictive for comfortable hiking and outdoor use.
So I tried the LARGE. Before washing, it hung past my shoulders and looked like a tent. But it was not restrictive! And the point is to have ventilation in hot weather, right?
After washing it twice, however, the shoulders now fit almost perfectly, which is curious to me because I thought nylon didn't shrink? I washed in lukewarm and dried in low heat. Anyway, I'm quite happy with the LARGE now that it fits better, although it is still a little large in the waist.
(By the way, the "sizing" in these shirts makes them very stiff and uncomfortable out of the box, so be sure to wash them--which may pose a return problem, I realize, but must be done.)
As for the shirt:
PRO --keeps sun off --has strap to button rolled up sleeves --has zipper pocket and velcro-pockets --has armpit zippers --back shoulders are vented to the sides --looks nicer than most of my shirts! --dries quickly
CON --the button holes for the sleeve straps are IMPOSSIBLE to use! Way too tight. Snaps are what's needed. I removed the buttons and had velcro sewn in place. Yes, it puts a piece of velcro on my shoulder, but it's WAY more functional. --hiking in the sunny but dry heat of Colorado's desert, the shirt felt tacky against my skin: not nearly as comfortable as cotton or polyester. It did, however, dry quickly. --the sleeves are long, although I expected a LARGE to do that. (The MEDIUM sleeves are also slightly long for me.) It's not a big deal to me, however, although I like to leave the sleeves unbuttoned and now I have to roll them back. --the vented back is rather useless while wearing a pack and merely adds another layer of fabric.
I have not had a problem with buttons coming loose after several washings and wearings. (REI makes a nylon shirt with colored snaps--really handy. Wish others would do that.)
I am keeping both the MEDIUM and LARGE shirts. The MEDIUM looks quite stylish and may do okay for winter wear. The LARGE is much more practical and still looks good, I think (but then, I am the anti-fashionista.).