This shirt differs in several ways from the others tested. Firstly, it’s very smart (although my wife says it still looks like a hiking shirt – I don’t agree, but I’m usually wrong when it comes to clothing) – and it’s not in tan, thank the heavens. Secondly, the material is exceptionally light and soft, with some stretch to it. It’s made from Diem 100 polyester that is quick drying too. I have also thrown it in a rucksack and a day later taken it out without a crease – it’s become a regular travelling shirt. Another noticeable feature is the even lighter and stretchier panel under the arms, which is great for letting out heat and also for stretching up rocks. This section is also hydrophobic (sweat marks disappear quickly) and is treated with silver ion so shouldn’t smell too much either. The shirt fastens using press studs and these are also used around the cuffs. There’s a zip pocket on the right chest – big enough for a passport. This is the only medium-sized shirt I’ve tested, and fits perfectly so I’d say it is a large fit. A brilliant, versatile shirt that’ll certainly get worn more than the Roger Moore desert suit shirts.
First published: Spring 2014