What are The 9 Best Hiking Shirts for Women

best hiking shirts for women

When it comes to hiking shirts, there’s no limit on what you will see in the market today compared to seven years ago.

When it comes to hiking, you will agree with me that using just your ordinary shirt won’t just cut it.

That means there is a need for shirts specially made for hiking. Not just any shirt but the one’s tailored for women.

This is obviously simple.

If you’re a feminine hiker, then you definitely need to get a hiking shirt tailored for women.

But if you’re not, then you probably want to gift it to someone. Maybe your girlfriend, wife, crush, or boss as the case maybe.

WHY IS WOMEN HIKING SHIRT IMPORTANT?

The reasons are also obvious.

  • It won’t make sense if you go hiking unclad except of course you’re a naturalist. Therefore, a hiking shirt is needed for the coverage of your body.
  • It protects you from the burning rays of the sun.
  • It protects you from grasses that could cut through your skin and also, thorny weeds that could probably hurt you.
  • Bright and colourful hiking shirts are a means to quickly identify you or find you in the case of missing person.
  • Depending on the kind of hiking shirt you choose, it reveals your beauty.

WHAT I SHOULD LOOK FOR?

When looking for a nice long sleeve for hiking in hot weather, you must carefully look out for some certain criteria first.

The shirts you choose must satisfy these conditions so you would know you have your money’s worth.

Ultraviolet Protection Factor

First and foremost, the UPF. This is the bane of everything. There’s no other reason to look for long sleeves for hot weather if not this.

The ultraviolet protection factor in itself is not what protects you from the rays of the sun but it’s the number that determines the ratio of sunburn caused by UV rays.

The UPF rating goes up from 15 to 50+ which denotes that the UV radiation blocked also goes higher from 93.3 to 98+

In a testing done by Consumer reports, they said that protective fabrics typically have a UPF rating of 30.

Therefore, this is the number or higher you should look out for.

Material

Anything hiking shirt including this one should be made from materials that allows breath-ability (ability to allow moisture vapor to be drawn away from your body through the material). It should be lightweight.

The material should be flexible enough to that it doesn’t restrict your movement. Which means the material must also be stretchable so it can adjust as you move with it.

One of such material that can do this is the high-tech polyester. Avoid cotton!

Antimicrobial Treatment

The other thing to look out for is if the material has antimicrobial properties.

Antimicrobial is an agent that kills microorganisms or stops their growth.

Without it, the shirt will be contaminated leading to odor when in use.

The durability of the shirt will also be compromised.

Style

It’s already established that you need a shirt. This could be a hiking top that is sleeveless, long sleeve or short sleeve.

In addition to this, long sleeve provides more coverage and adds an extra layer of protection for your arms when the rays of the sun hits you. This is called Sun protective measure.

The only constraint here is if you want a long sleeve that’s a T-shirt (neck-saving collar) or a button front along with pockets or the other styles of shirts mentioned.

Cooling Features

This is already contained in the material section when we talked about the breathability etc.

Nevertheless, there are some certain technology put in place for hot-weather clothing called the Cooling-compound technology.

As of 2012 the first cooling shirt that lowers body temperature was made. As perspiration evaporates, it draws heat away from the body, then wicking fabrics facilitate this process by distributing sweat evenly over the fabric so that it dries more quickly.

I’ve written these already here – best long sleeve hiking shirt for hot weather

In Addition,

Durability

If you’re a hiker on a budget, then, I presume you’d consider this feature very well. Either way, durability is key to whatever we buy these days. Hence, we go for quality.

For a hiking shirt, durability is one to five years of regular trail use.

Some of the things to look out for when determining if a shirt is going to be durable or not is to check for these;

  • The fabric/material:- Nylon or polyester
  • The yoke:-
  • The collar:-
  • The buttons:- 
  • The stitching:- Back-stitch
  • The design:-

Easy Care

Hiking shirts should be quick to dry, machine washable and shouldn’t shrink wash after wash. This is important because when going out on a hiking journey, you’re expected to take only few clothes with you.

Therefore its paramount that these clothes meet this criteria for optimum reuse.

TOP 9 PRODUCT REVIEWS OF HIKING SHIRTS FOR WOMEN

For comprehensive purpose, I’ve gone through great lengths to list the top 3 hiking shirts for women in three different categories. Namely; sleeveless hiking shirts for women, short sleeve hiking shirts for women and long sleeve hiking shirts for women.

Note: I won’t say much about these shirts because I have already given a criteria to follow when you want to get a hiking shirt.

Though it’s difficult to get an hiking shirt with all features, I made sure to carefully find those that does.

Let’s start with the first one

Top 3 Sleeveless Hiking Shirts For Women

ExOfficio

ExOfficio Women’s Tank-Top

Quality
4/5
Price
5/5
Our Rating
4/5
MATERIALS

94% Nylon, 6% Lycra Spandex

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

It doesn’t retain odor because of it’s antimicrobial treatment. The shirt is made of diamond-weave mesh fabric which allows for breathability.

Nylon materials are generally considered to be durable as they’re stretch and wrinkle resistant. Also nylon are UV protective. Wanted you to know because the UPF rating is also not available.

It’s a diamond-weave mesh fabric which allows it  breath. It doesn’t have a UPF rating but nylon materials are UV protective. Also nylon materials are generally durable. Stretch and shrink resistant.

PROS

  • Very cheap

  • Lightweight

  • Keeps cool

CONS

  • Easy to snag

Columbia

Columbia Women’s Trail Crush

Quality
4.8/5
Price
4.3/5
Our Rating
4.5/5
MATERIALS

85% polyester and 15% elastane

FEATURES

It has a UPF rating of 50 which is equivalent to the amount of sun rays it protects you from. It has Omni-Wick moisture management which is it’s cooling feature. It’s stretches, this allows for flexibility when on the trail.

PROS

  • Lightweight.
  • Stays cool
  • It’s durable

CONS

  • Not always true to size

icyzone

icyzone Workout Tank Top

Quality
3.5/5
Price
5/5
Our Rating
4.5/5
MATERIALS

95% Polyester and 5 % Spandex

FEATURES

Wicking power fabric is it’s cooling feature, no UPF rating stated but another thing noteworthy is that polyesters are generally UV protective and durable (same for nylon).

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Provides comfort
  • Abrasion resistant

CONS

  • Too cheap for it’s quality

Top 3 Short Sleeve Hiking Shirts For Women

Miss Fortune

Miss Fortune Women’s Short Sleeve Top

Quality
3.5/5
Price
5/5
Our Rating
4.5/5
MATERIALS

95% polyester and 5% spandex

FEATURES

UV protection is guaranteed, It wicks moisture which helps keep you cool and comfortable when hiking, it’s durable because majority of the fabric used is polyester.

PROS

  • It’s flexible

CONS

  • Not always true to size
  • Antimicrobial properties not present

Baleaf

Baleaf Women’s T-shirt

Quality
5/5
Price
4.4/5
Our Rating
4.8/5
MATERIALS

100% Polyester

FEATURES

It has UPF rating of 50+, moisture-wicking, breathable, and durable.

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Quick drying,
  • Easy care

CONS

  • May not be odor proof

Helly Hansen

Helly Hansen Women Shirt

Quality
3.4/5
Price
4.4/5
Our Rating
3.7/5
MATERIALS

100% Polyester

FEATURES

X-Cool quick dry fabric, it wicks moisture. Like I said earlier all polyesters are uv protective and durable.

PROS

  • Comfortable

CONS

  • See-through
  • No antimicrobial treatment

Top 3 Long Sleeve Hiking Shirts For Women​

Columbia

Columbia Women’s PFG Tamiami II Long Sleeve Shirt

Quality
5/5
Price
4.5/5
Our Rating
4.7/5
MATERIALS

100% Polyester

FEATURES

It has a UPF rating of 40, wicks moisture with it’s Omni-Wick technology, shirt pockets are available, Its durable, antimicrobial elements to protect against bacterial growth are present.

PROS

  • Ultralight,
  • Comfortable to wear

CONS

  • A bit pricey

Woolx Remi

Woolx Remi – Women’s Long Sleeve Tee

Quality
4/5
Price
4.4/5
Our Rating
4.5/5
MATERIALS

100% Merino Wool

FEATURES

It has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 50+, It wick moisture away from the skin, It doesn’t stretch, It’s anti-microbial, easy to use.

PROS

  • Multipurpose
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Durability not guaranteed

Hibelle

Hibelle Women’s Long Sleeve Top

Quality
3.4/5
Price
5/5
Our Rating
3.4/5
MATERIALS

92% Polyester, 8% Spandex

FEATURES

Sweat-wicking, durable, UV protective.

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Quick drying

CONS

  • Not anti-microbial

Conclusion

Now you have it.

Three different style of hiking shirts for women, all you need do is to get one or more that suits your taste and you’re ready for the next hiking journey.

If you are not sure of which to buy, then choose the Baleaf Women’s T-shirt (short sleeve), Columbia Women’s PFG Tamiami II Long Sleeve Shirt (long sleeve), or Columbia Women’s Trail Crush (sleeveless).

Have a great day!

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