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    Warm Weather Stalking Shirt

    For the past few years I've worn blue long-sleeved cotton shirts when the temperatures are up around 20 degrees or more. Being all one colour they do nothing to break up my outline in the bush and I suspect in combination with UV enhancers from washing powders make me quite visible to both deer and other hunters alike. Usually after stalking in temperatures where I'd prefer to be able to strip down to my waist (but my pasty white skin would stand out like a beacon) they end up wringing wet and cotton takes a while to dry.

    I'm looking at some other options, in a current fabric technology, preferable in some sort of camo pattern. I'd prefer long-sleeved, ideally with pockets.
    I've compiled a bit of a short-list below.

    What are the opinions on these please ? Do they handle a bit of treatment, or rip easily, or just fall apart at the seams?
    Have you found the garment actually suitable for warm conditions as advertised or still too hot? Wicking ability? Value for money?

    Much obliged if you could please post alternatives if your preference is not one of the items below.

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    I've had one of these for the last three years. Very light/cool and quick drying. Hasn't fallen apart either.

    https://huntechoutdoors.com/product/...ng-sleeve-tee/

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    Thanks, added to the list:

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    been thinking of this also, yesterday i bought a Simms fishing shirt from hunting & fishing, semi camo, light weight, big pockets, hope it lasts hunting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ONYVA View Post
    been thinking of this also, yesterday i bought a Simms fishing shirt from hunting & fishing, semi camo, light weight, big pockets, hope it lasts hunting.
    Iíve been looking at one of those. They look nice.
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    Kuiu Tuburon shirt is all I wear in summer and often a few months either side.
    I donít think either the blue colour or the washing powder is you problem though. I used to worry about that sort of thing. Not anymore. One of the best hunters I know wears a blue Airtex shirt and he shoots a lot more than I ever will.
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    Got the huntech microlight shirt only used it a few times because it gets bloody hot seems to trap heat rather then breathe which I thought is weird since it has lots of small holes in

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    I have this ridgeline t shirt. Has mesh about 7 inches wide down each side. I have owned it for years. Don't know the model. Looks similar to their breeze shirt.

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    Keeping coolish

    I wear the Micro lite from Huntech and a army bush hat when i hunt Molesworth . This year i am also taking lightly tinted safety glasses as the glear is a killer. MM

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    I would not touch any of the above - mainly because of price
    But non of it breaths and is a sweat trap and sauna

    I use wool MKM singlet against body and 100% quality cotton shirts - long sleeve and cut some off to short sleeve
    Buy genuine cotton shirt like Carhartt - made in Nicaragua or Pakistan from REAL cotton
    Wont find them here in NZ - Ebay from States etc
    Last for years
    No smell
    Wash up like new
    Breath
    Soak up sweat and good to wipe the brow with too

    Even the old Levi denim is exc - this modern stuff value is just 90% marketing propaganda and 10% synthetic crap in my book
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    I have a Huntech shirt, I can't remember the model but it has mesh panels at the sides and back. I find it too warm, and usually use it as a top layer.
    I have these two shirts and like them both. Very light and cool. They can get a bit wet, especially on the back under a pack, but any light fabric is going to struggle to wick away the amount of sweat I produce!
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    The one on the left is a Hunters Element, I think it is a Crux.
    The one on the right is Under Armour, I don't know the model, I got it at H&F Hamilton very cheap so might have been a runout or clearance deal.
    For coolness I would give the UA shirt a slight edge, the HE shirt feels more durable though.

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    I got this Under Armour top at the beginning of summer and its been brilliant. Feels thin and fragile but surprisingly tough. No pockets though.
    $60 or $70 from H&F
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobba View Post
    I got this Under Armour top at the beginning of summer and its been brilliant. Feels thin and fragile but surprisingly tough. No pockets though.
    $60 or $70 from H&F
    Under armour Threadborne, I have some of these as well. Highly recommended.

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    I'm in the same position as you @Puffin. Looking for a decent warm/mild weather baselayer. Recently I went into hunting and fishing and tried on the Crux by Hunters Element. I found they had a great fitting cut and the fabric felt pretty durable. Will probably look at picking one up in the next few weeks.

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    I have an Earth Sea Sky shirt from Bivouac - synthetic, buttons all the way down the front, a collar and two chest pockets. In the heat it's brilliant. You can get plenty of air flow, it dries super quick, protects from the sun with long sleeves and collar, but you can roll the sleeves up, etc. Love it. Not camo but a fairly low profile khaki sort of colour.

 

 

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