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This buyer’s guide sets out to answer the question, which is the best sun shirt for hiking of 2023? With some exceptions, nearly all of the best hiking shirts are also sun shirts. That’s because the best sun shirts offer all of the most desirable attributes that a hiker needs. Specifically, we recommend wearing a hiking shirt that is as lightweight and breathable as possible, while still offering full skin coverage in all-day sun (AKA a sun hoody).

This gear guide is informed by decades of hiking and backpacking experience, and reflects our team’s collective preferences and learnings. However, there are so many hiking shirts and sun shirts available now that we do not pretend to have tested them all. Unlike our more technical gear guides for outerwear, which assess and analyze all competitive options on the market, these recommendations are based simply on what we have had the best personal experience with. We acknowledge that best sun shirt or hiking shirt for one person be different for another.

Keep scrolling to grok the best sun shirt and hiking shirts, or jump ahead for pro tips and buyer info that explains our preferences and criteria. And while you’re here, why not complete your layering system with our guides to  rain jackets, puffy jackets, fleece jackets, windbreakers, rain pants and hiking shoes.

Quick Picks: Best Hiking Shirt & Sun Hoodies

  • Best Overall: Outdoor Research Echo Hoodie
  • Best For Extreme Sun Exposure: REI Co-op Sahara Shade Hoodie
  • Best T-Shirt: Outdoor Research Echo T-Shirt
  • Best Button-Up: REI Co-op Sahara Pattern Long Sleeve
  • Best Sustainability: Patagonia Tropic Comfort Natural Hoodie
  • Best For Cold: Smartwool Classic All-Season Merino Quarter Zip
  • Best Bug Protection: Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent

Continue reading the full article for best shirts for hiking, written by Alan here.


October 4, 2023

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