The Perfect Summer T-Shirt

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Arc’teryx, Icebreaker, Patagonia. The Perfect Summer T-Shirt

Once the mercury starts rising and the humidity goes through the roof, a traditional t-shirt just does not cut it any more. You will probably want to head towards something more technical. Below are three options for the person searching for the perfect summer tee. Be warned, you may never take it off during the heat waves.

The Synthetic Shirt

The Accelero and the Motus from Arc’teryx. Excellence plays out in the details, and Arc’teryx is all about the details. Here are two good choices by this Canadian brand.



For men, the Accelero.

A intelligent choice for those hot days. Flatlock stitching is used so if you sweat into this tee you won’t get a rash at the seams (runners understand this more than anyone). Gussets under the arms allow a natural movement and prevents chaffing. An antibacterial finish is used on the fibers to better control odor. The fabric is 100% polyester, extremely thin, breathable and (most importantly) soft.

The equivalent synthetic shirt for women would be the Motus Crew.

This shirt weights in at 70 grams and is made out of Arc’teryx’s Phase SL fabric- a fabric quickly becoming a favorite here. It is very light, comfortable, and excels at moisture management.

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The Versatile Shirt

The Tech Lite collection from Icebreaker will rock your increasingly hot world.

Icebreaker Tech Lite merino shirt

Icebreaker put merino wool back on the map. A good thing because the fiber is unbelievably breathable, does not retain odor(!) and most importantly regulates your temperature like no other fabric.

The Tech Lite collection is made with Icebreaker’s 150g fabric, one of their lightest. Over the years they have been perfecting their fabric, and now add 13% nylon to it to increase durability and resistance without compromising the merino properties.

If you like to stand out, the Tech Lite collection has many print options, letting you look your best, even while being crushed by a 40 degree day.



The Ethical Shirt

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The Patagonia Fore Runner Shirt for men and women may be your shirt of choice.

The Fore Runner shirt is made out of Patagonia’s now famous Recycled Polyester fabric (ask any mountaineer about it); it is soft, stretchy and dries in a flash. The fabric is comprised of 100%  recycled polyester with a Polygiene treatment for odor and 15-UPF sun protection. The fabric is bluedesign approved.

Patagonia has always been conscious of their ecological footprint, and as such, since 1993 they have been using recycled polyester to make many fabrics, thus reducing their dependence on fossil fuels.

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In short, there are a lot of shirts made for the summer, but these are three options that really stood out as winners. For all the others go here.

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