I looked like a vet in my Columbia shirt

I have worn the Columbia Hiking Sun Shirt for a few years now (I have a few!), but my daughter thinks that I look like a vet in it! So, I thought I would take a look at something that is a bit more fashionable but is it practical?

What I liked about the hoodie

The hoodie certainly looks more fashionable (so I am told by my 17 year old daughter). It is 100% polyester and feels nice against the skin.

  • UPV 50 sun protection
  • The thumb holes are a good idea
  • I loved the big floppy sun hood to protect you from the sun
  • I also liked the idea of the hole in the back of the hood for a ponytail
  • It is lightweight

What did I not like about the hoodie?

  • It is not very breathable and made me very sweaty when walking
  • The thumbholes were very tight. Considering I am a small build then this would be quite a concern if you had long arms.
  • The hoodie also moved up my torso when walking so I had to constantly pull it down.

In a nutshell

In all honesty, I will probably wear this hoodie as a mid-layer, but not as a hiking shirt. Perhaps there are other sun hoodies out there that perform better, but the Naviskin Sun Hoodie is not for me. I will stick with my Columbia women's hiking shirt.

Naviskin Sun Hoodie – £17.99 –

Columbia women Silver Ridge hiking shirt – £44 –