As you already know, we enjoy getting out on a good hike from time to time. When hiking we encounter a lot of different terrain, and sometimes it can be pretty relentless on the clothes we decide to wear on our journey. Of course, you don’t need to be on a hike to run into things that will wreak havoc on your attire. Every day life can certainly take it’s toll.
Durability isn’t the only thing we take into account when selecting our clothing for hikes. When we started, we had a tendency to wear cotton t-shirts and cotton over shirts when we thought we should layer for warmth. It wasn’t long before we realized that cotton tends to hold sweat and water, and that causes it to be inefficient at dissipating or retaining heat. It’s with this in mind that we started looking for alternatives, and we found that nylon and other sweat wicking materials are a much better alternative.
Enter the “Magellan Sportswear® Men’s Laguna Madre Fishing Shirt”. This was our first purpose specific shirt purchase. We have two that were initially used for an extended hike, but have found a home in our every day lives.
The shirts are 100% nylon material with a polyester lining. I’ve found that they do well in most temperatures. In the heat they seem to wick moisture, which is likely attributed to the Vented cape back. As the temperatures drop the nylon blocks out some wind, and with the way the vent is constructed, it can also block out winds. With that said, it’s not necessarily an all weather shirt. I have found that it’s good by itself above 70 degrees ferinheight, and as an overshirt I’m comfortable down to about 60 degrees. Beyond that, I tend to wear some type of coat.
One thing we look at when preparing for our hikes is UV protection. We’re typically exposed to the elements for hours at a time, so we wear sunscreen to protect against the harmful effects of the sun. Now, to be honest we didn’t have this as a forethought when buying our clothing, but it makes sense that if you can get some protection from your clothes you might as well. These shirt give you just that. They specify that they provide UPF 50+ protection. That’s good in our eyes.
Some other things we like about these shirts are that they are button-down and long sleeve. They tend to be more versatile than a short sleeve shirt, especially in spring and fall where the mornings and evenings can be cool with a warm to hot mid day. These also add buttons and tabs to the mid sleeve so that if you roll up the sleeves they can be secured. In day to day office activity I didn’t really find a need for the securing tabs, but when out on a hike or working in the yard I have seen their benefit.
While we are not fishermen this is a fishing shirt, and with that it has some additional features specific to the sport. It comes with 2 pockets that have drain holes. I can say that they drain well after experience some pretty rough water on a kayak trip. They also come with a waterproof pouch that clips inside one of the pockets. I actually got rid of it. It seemed well constructed, but I like carrying my entire wallet and it simply wouldn’t fit in the pouch. The pouch would be better suited for an ID, a credit card, and a couple of dollars in cash. Lastly it has a rod loop.
All things considered we believe that this is a quality product. It’s stood up to the rigors of hiking, canoeing, yard work, office work, and plenty of play. It’s been through the wash more times than I can count and is no worse for the wear. It has survived snags without so much as a tear, and lived through abrasions without any marking. They shows no signs of staining, which could be due to the khaki colors we bought. We’d certainly recommend these shirts.
“Nothing to mountaineering, just a little physical endurance, a good deal of brains, lots of practice, and plenty of warm clothing.”
~Annie Smith Peck