SunShield Long Sleeve Shirt by SmartPak
I haven't had a chance to wear it yet. I just had shoulder surgery. I like the feel and fit. Plenty large, which I like. The aleeves are a good inch or two too long. Will be good on cooler days when the bugs are out. Thinking about ordering a short sleeve for summer.
May 21, 2013
Great Sun Shirt
I hate wearing sunscreen. This shirt is great!
I did not want a skin tight fit so I ordered the large. It fits perfectly.
The sleeves are long enough to cover the back of my hands.
I wore it on a 90 degree day and was very comfortable. Enough air passed through the material to keep me from sweating. Another plus - with the shirt zipped up I stayed bug free. The collar comes up high enough to protect the neck very well.
I bought the shirt for riding but it is nice enough to wear anywhere.
It did not come with washing instructions so I threw it in the washer (warm with cold rinse) and tossed it in the dryer on low. It came out beautifully. No wrinkles - just put it on a hanger and you're done.
May 8, 2013
Nice for Sun Protection
I ordered a large because I thought it would run small...returned for a medium. Runs truer to size than I expected for a "house brand." I ordered the blue - nice color! Great fabric, but I haven't laundered it yet.
May 1, 2013
After a close call with melanoma last year, I knew I needed to really increase the amount of sun protection I used, especially during the long hours spent at the barn. Sometimes I just get tired of putting on layers and layers of sunscreen every day, so I thought I'd give this shirt a try and see if it could not only protect my skin, but keep me cool in Florida's awful heat and humidity. I got one hot pink and one silver shirt, and wore the silver yesterday. I love it! I didn't feel suffocated in the long sleeves, despite the heat. I'm 5'7" and 125 lbs. It runs a little bit big, but I prefer to wear looser clothing, so I'm happy with the fit. I'm so excited to wear these shirts over the summer, not just at the barn, but everywhere. I highly recommend them!
April 30, 2013
LOVE this shirt!!!
Wonderful material, keeps me just as cool as if I were wearing a t-shirt, if not cooler since it wicks away moisture! Love all the colors and the fit is pretty normal. I normally wear an adult small and wear a small in these, but if you're a "fuller filly," do remember that these are athletic activity shirts, so they aren't meant to be real loose! Mine isn't skin tight--that would defeat the purpose of keeping you cool. But there isn't a ton of gap either, it really fits just right! Do be careful with the material, I probably wouldn't test it by rubbing rough velcro or wood across it, but again, it's an athletic activity shirt designed for wicking purposes, it's not going to be quite as durable as a cotton shirt! I've used mine for everything from lessons to clinics to horse trials to cubbing with our hunt club (we're allowed to hunt in polo shirts early on in the season). I have 2 right now and just ordered 2 more! Love love love it!
April 22, 2013
I absolutely adore these shirts. I was unsure of what size to order, as some reviews claimed that they run small, but I went with my usual medium (5'4, 155, most of which is on the lower half!) and it fits perfectly. The shirt is extremely comfortable and lightweight, and doesn't itch when I start sweating.
My only concern is the durability. I know there are lots of sun shirts out there (EIS, Wellington, Ariat, etc) but what concerns me about all of them-- Smartpak's included-- is the delicate fabric. I spend hours at the barn every day, and I worry about snags. I already have a small snag in this one, just from being worn twice. I feel like these should be reserved for lessons, clinics and horse shows. They just are't tough enough for those of us who are hard on our clothing.
Overall, and excellent purchase. I'm excited to pick up more colors! Smartpak, can we please get a navy and a green?
March 23, 2013