What are the best long sleeve hiking shirt for hot weather [2020 update]

best long sleeve hiking shirts for hot weather

I think you’ll agree with me when i say:

It’s REALLY irritating to be hiking in hot weather with all those heavy sweating and pale skin.

Which you know can lead to fast and weak pulse rate, muscle weakness, tiredness etc.

Well, it turns out that using a long sleeve shirt can drastically reduce the effects of hot weather on your body when hiking seeing that it provides more coverage coupled with it’s Sun Protection Factor plus other factors.

In today’s post I’m going to show you the best long sleeve shirts that can help you achieve this which has these factors.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A LONG SLEEVE HIKING SHIRT

Let’s start with the most obvious.

  • Reduces excessive sweating which could lead to fainting.
  • For better protection from sun rays.
  • Protection from blowing sand and thorny bushes.
  • Protection from scratch when going over boulders.
  • It can easily be turned into a short sleeve when rolled up.
  • You can easily pair up a long sleeve shirt with shorts, trousers or jeans etc.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A LONG SLEEVE HIKING SHIRT FOR HOT WEATHER

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 hot weather 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!

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 long 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.

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.

TOP 7 MEN'S LONG SLEEVE HIKING SHIRTS FOR HOT WEATHER

Columbia

Columbia Tamiami II Long Sleeve

Quality
4.5/5
Price
4.5/5
Our Rating
4.5/5

This particular shirt is custom made with Omni-Shade. The Omni-Shade is a Sun deflector that uses the body’s natural cooling process to evaporate the sweat around instead of the normal cooling fabrics.

It has a UPF of 40 which means that one-fortieth of the sun’s UV rays reach the skin which also means that the radiation passing through the fabric is very low.

In addition to the Omni-Shade, it also has Omni-Wick that makes the fabric (polyester) quick to dry, extremely lightweight and keeps your skin cool.

The fabric has antimicrobial treatment and it’s a roll-up sleeve.

 

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PROS

  • UPF 40 sun protection
  • Quick drying with antimicrobial properties
  • Good breathability
  • It can be worn on and off trail

CONS

  • Brightly colored therefore stains can be seen easily.
  • Be cautious of size misinformation

Columbia

Columbia Silver Ridge Long Sleeve

Quality
4.5/5
Price
5/5
Our Rating
4.5/5

This shirt is made of polyester fabric. It also features wicking technology which enables moisture to be taken away from the body which leads to quick evaporation of sweat.

As with the others, the collar can be lifted for extra uv protection. The UPF is 40/50.

It also feature antimicrobial treatment.

PROS

  • Dries out quickly
  • Ultra-light
  • Very good breathability

CONS

  • Not durable
  • A bit pricey

ExOfficio

ExOfficio Men’s Long Sleeve

Quality
3.5/5
Price
4.8/5
Our Rating
3.7/5

It’s fabric material is made mostly of nylon (it’s important cause of its elasticity, resistance to mildew, strength etc.) and polyester.

It’s Sun Protection Factor remains intact up to about 40 washings i.e UPF 30.

This shirt is highly loose fitting thereby making it very comfortable.

Just like the Columbia Silver Ridge, it features Sun collar for extra UV protection.

PROS

  • Extremely lightweight
  • Absolutely comfortable.
  • Dries fast and keep cool

CONS

  • It’s see-through
  • Quality issue

Hanes

Hanes Adult T-Shirt

Quality
3.5/5
Price
5/5
Our Rating
3.9/5

It features UPF 50+ which means that one-fiftieth of the sun’s UV rays reach the skin. Which also means that at least 97.5 – 98+ percent Ultraviolet radiation are blocked every time the shirt is exposed to the sun.

The fabric is 100 percent polyester which as you already know is very good for hiking in hot weather.

PROS

  • Dries very fast
  • Accurate size measurement
  • Low priced

CONS

  • Made of very thin material

Denali

Denali Performance Long Sleeve

Quality
4.5/5
Price
5/5
Our Rating
4.5/5

It features UPF of 50+. I guess you already know what this means.

Plus every other thing we’ve been talking about since; moisture management system, antimicrobial properties, stain release technology.

Another thing noteworthy is it’s Melanoma International Foundation seal of approval.

The Melanoma International Foundation is an organization that promotes melanoma (malignant skin cancer) treatment.

Therefore, for every product which has there seals must have undergone a rigorously testing at an independent laboratory and is proved to be effective in preventing sun damage to the skin.

PROS

  • Very durable
  • Comfortable
  • Highest UV protection

CONS

  • Fashion is boring
  • It doesn’t fit as wanted

Vaude

Quality
4.5/5
Price
5/5
Our Rating
4.2/5

Well, it’s more of a jacket than a shirt. As with other jackets for summer, it has both membrane, backing and face fabric.

The membrane is made of 100 percent polyester which means it is breathable and lightweight.

Although it does not have an official UPF rating, it still protects against UV rays. According to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), clothes without official UPF rating usually have a UPF of 30+.

Other than this, fabric wetness (wetness reduces UPF rating), wear (worn fabric is less effective) and stretch also reduces UPF rating.

But this jacket is water resistant, it’s not worn out and do not stretch.

PROS

  • Dries out quickly
  • Lightweight
  • Very good breathability

CONS

  • Very expensive
  • No UPF rating

Baleaf

Balaef Polo Shirt

Quality
4.7/5
Price
5/5
Our Rating
4.7/5

This shirt has all the qualities you are looking for. UPF of 50+ which means it is capable of shield you from ultra-violet rays.

It’s made of 100 percent polyester with great quality build which makes it very breathable and quick drying

PROS

  • Dries very fast
  • Accurate size measurement
  • Low priced

CONS

  • Made of very thin material

Naviskin

Naviskin Polo Shirt

Quality
4.5/5
Price
3.5/5
Our Rating
4.6/5

This shirt has all the qualities you are looking for. UPF of 50+ which means it is capable of shield you from ultra-violet rays.

It’s made of 100 percent polyester with great quality build which makes it very breathable and quick drying.

The fabric is smooth with a good feeling when it touches the skin.

PROS

  • Dries very quickly
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Low priced

CONS

  • Inconsistent sizes
  • Neck fit problem

TOP 5 WOMEN'S LONG SLEEVE HIKING SHIRTS FOR HOT WEATHER

Baleaf

Baleaf Women Long Sleeve Shirt

Quality
4.3/5
Price
3.5/5
Our Rating
4.5/5

Without further ado, let me quickly outline the huge benefits of this long sleeve hiking shirt for hot weather.

The material is made of 90% polyester and 10% spandex. Polyester makes it easy for the shirt to wick appropriately while the spandex allows it to stretch.

One thing that is obvious about this shirt is that it is brightly color and it feels great to wear.

It has a UPF of 40+

PROS

  • It’s comfortable to wear
  • The price chart is consistent with what you see

CONS

  • Overheats at times

Baleaf

Baleaf Women Long Sleeve Shirt

Quality
4.3/5
Price
3.5/5
Our Rating
4.5/5

Without further ado, let me quickly outline the huge benefits of this long sleeve hiking shirt for hot weather.

The material is made of 90% polyester and 10% spandex. Polyester makes it easy for the shirt to wick appropriately while the spandex allows it to stretch.

One thing that is obvious about this shirt is that it is brightly color and it feels great to wear.

It has a UPF of 40+

PROS

  • It’s comfortable to wear
  • The price chart is consistent with what you see

CONS

  • Overheats at times

Jessie Kidden

Jessie Kidden Women Long Sleeve Shirt

Quality
4.3/5
Price
3.5/5
Our Rating
4.5/5

The qualities of this shirt are innumerable.

This shirt has a UPF rating of 50+ and I can bet you know what that means already. Now, what’s so fascinating about the UPF of this shirt is that it has an SPF added technology called Omni-Shade.

This shirt has a mesh lining which ultimately allows for good breathability or/and wicking.

Other features of this shirt are sunglasses hanger, button down closure and the ability to roll the long sleeve up to make it short.

PROS

  • Keeps you cool and dry
  • Perfectly sized

CONS

  • The length can be very long
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Mabove

Mabove Hoodie Women Long Sleeve Shirt

Quality
4.7/5
Price
3.1/5
Our Rating
4.7/5

This shirt has a UPF of 50+. which means it is designed to repel ultraviolet rays effectively as you hit the trail during hot weather conditions.

It features a hoodie design that makes it provide an extra layer of protection during use. The hoodie is also fitted with the SPF technology.

The fabric is made of 100% polyester which ultimately makes it the ideal shirt for you.

PROS

  • Dries very fast
  • It’s wicking technology do not allow overheating.
  • Guaranteed to prevent sunburn.
  • Very Cheap

CONS

  • Size chart is sometimes not accurate.

Columbia

Womens Silver Ridge Lite Long Sleeve Shirt

Quality
4.3/5
Price
4/5
Our Rating
4.2/5

The material is made of 100% polyester.

Wicking polyesters for hiking are woven differently. This is why it is used for hot weather hiking instead of cotton. This also makes them highly breathable and extremely comfortable.

It has a button-up style.

PROS

  • Makes you comfortable in full sun.
  • Lightweight
  • Fits as expected
  • Cheap

CONS

  • Size chart might be a problem sometimes

Willit

Hoodie Long Sleeve Shirt

Quality
4.3/5
Price
3.5/5
Our Rating
4.5/5

The material is made of 100% polyester with a UPF of 50+. It’s very comfortable, easy to use and soft.

The hoodie provides an extra layer of protection.

PROS

  • Makes you comfortable in full sun.
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • tight fitting

Conclusion

The importance of wearing long sleeve when hiking in hot weather condition cannot be overemphasized.

It’s paramount that you keep yourself cool and comfortable.

The ball is now in your court. Make your decision from the list of long sleeve shirts we’ve highlighted for you.

I personally love the Columbia Men’s Tamiami II.