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By Diane Spicer
The best hiking shirts for women are the ones that:
I've been hiking for 50+ years, so it's safe to say I've purchased and tried dozens of hiking shirts.
Here's where I tell you which types are the best hiking shirts.
You might be thinking that it's a little over the top to call out the best hiking shirt features, and if so, just skip down here to where I name names for the best hiking shirts available right now.
But if you want to size up the expense, quality, versatility and durability of hiking clothing, this stuff is for you.
It's smart to shop smart, right?
Which type of hiker are you?
A hiker need a hiking shirt that...
Your hiking clothing needs to...
Now it's time to name some names!
These are the hiking shirts that have worked for me,
and will serve you well, too.
Obviously we're talking about warm weather hiking here.
Some of my favorite sleeveless hiking shirts are from UnderArmour.
I prefer a modified tank style, with enough fabric to cover the straps of my sports bra and to prevent chafing from my pack.
The wicking ability of these shirts is wickedly good, and they don't hang onto body or cooking odors after they're laundered.
Here is one of the most inexpensive hiking shirts you'll find, and it's going to hold up well to dayhiking in moderate weather conditions.
I own a few of these, and wear them a lot.
Here's another solid choice, a bit more fitted and a notch up in price, from the well respected brand ExOfficio:
And one more, worthy of your consideration at a bit higher price point. It's from Patagonia, so you know it's high quality and well designed:
Sometimes a sleeveless shirt won't give me enough protection from the sun, bugs, or a brushy trail.
That's when I don one of these little beauties from Helly-Hansen.
Note: I've been using this company's outdoor clothing for decades, including waterproof bibs and jacket for spring and fall gardening as well as rugged river trips like the Alsek.
There are lots of reasons to love this shirt for hiking.
The short list includes:
Here's a more technical choice for an avid hiker, from Appalachian Gear Company.
It's called the 8020 AG-Tee, and you'll love it because it is:
Keeping our mantra of quality, versatility and durability in mind, here's my absolute favorite shirt to take along on every hike except winter snowshoeing:
And it dries fast.
Another nifty feature: You can roll up the sleeves and secure them with buttons, making this shirt versatile enough to leave other shirts at home (thus, a lighter pack).
Buy it one size up to layer over your sleeveless and short sleeve shirts.
My husband has the male hiker version of this shirt, and he says to add his testimonial about durability and good fit!
Always add a hiking vest over your long sleeved shirt, once conditions demand more insulation.
This will protect your vital organs (torso) from heat loss.
A cozy collar on a vest also blocks a cool breeze, keeping you more comfortable on the trail.
Who could argue with that statement, right?
But there are a LOT of places you can buy a hiking shirt. Overwhelm is not only possible, but probable.
The clothing companies I use and have recommended to you have good reputations and are interested in developing a long term relationship with hikers.
Their price points are higher, but sometimes you can score a deal! It's worth a try, right?
If you decide to buy less durable (and thus less expensive) hiking shirts, please avoid cotton.
Exception to the rule: If you hike in hot, dry conditions, cotton may give you the most comfort during the day. But always have a clean dry shirt to change into after your hike.
Interested in an extended size range in hiking clothing?
You're not alone!
Read these tips for locating the best companies and recommendations of great active wear in extended size ranges for women hikers.
That's the scoop on the best hiking shirts!
One last little trail tip:
When you find a brand (and a particular fit within that brand) that works great for your hiking style, be sure to buy a couple shirts. Things change all the time and supply chains weaken, so don't be disappointed.
You want to have what works for you, ready to go when the hiking mood strikes.
Best Hiking Shirts
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