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Build your late spring, summer, and early fall layering system around the Columbia Mountain Tech III Shirt. This quick-drying, lightweight top features UPF-15-rated protection to fend off harmful UV rays and comes with an antimicrobial finish so you can wear it with confidence for years to come.

  • Omni-Wick tech transports sweat away from your skin towards the outside world where it can evaporate faster
  • Antimicrobial treatment prevents odors from accumulating in the fabric
  • UPF-15-rated sun protection shields your skin from harsh cosmic rays

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5 5

Great hiking shirt for the price

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I've done a lot of hiking without a proper hiking shirt; that's not the most important article in my arsenal. So I got a pair of these, a gray and a blue for half price. Worth every penny! Bottom line - wicks the moisture, feels cool, does the job.

5 5

Awesome!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Ordered this for my boyfriend, who is 6'2'' and built quite large, found the XL to fit comfortably, with enough room to move around in (and room in the shoulders!) but without looking sloppy. He's done some light hiking in it so far and he has done nothing but rave about it. :) We haven't seen its performance in warm weather yet, but I am confident it'll be a new favorite hiking shirt!

4 5

Good Shirt

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

First off, I like this shirt a lot, cool, comfortable, light. I got an XL (usually use an L)since other reviews suggested that it tends to run a bit small, however, I think I could've gotten away with getting the L one, but better safe than sorry (also gives me room to *ahem* grow). I also got a pair for my brother in law, and he says he loves them too (also got XL, just in case).

5 5

Proper price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Its hard to beat the value with Columbia's active tees. Its got the technology you'll find in pricer shirts from other brands and does just as good of a job. Like others mentioned, it is an athletic fit. So if you've got a sweet beer gut, size up if you don't want to flaunt it.

4 5

Great Hiking Shirt

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Honestly Columbia makes a great hiking shirt for the price. Really light weight, breathable, quick drying, and soft. While the colors are accurate, the sizing is a tad off. Although it is intended to be an active fit (form fitting), I would recommend sizing up one size.

4 5

Good Shirt

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

This is a good shirt. Comfortable, light and cool. They run a little bit smaller than I anticipated.

Mountain Tech Shirt at the Pub

Mountain Tech Shirt at the Pub

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Staying cool and looking good from backcountry to bar stool...

My lady friend - yes, I am in a relationship - took this pic at London Underground (best pub in Ames, Iowa).

5 5

Columbia Mountain Tech Shirt Rocks!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of my favorite warm weather shirts. The "polyester jersey"material in my Abyss (dark blue) shirt feels and looks great. Columbia says the fit is "Active: Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind". They also say that users have rated the size as "fits slightly small". I agree... For me, some t-shirts fit great in medium, while others need to be large. This shirt is definitely a large. Mine weighs in at 6.65 oz. Recommended.

Photo shows my 5'-11", 175 lb frame with large Mountain Tech shirt

Columbia Mountain Tech Shirt Rocks!
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Thank you for this review. I find myself right between a large and small with most brands and probably would have gone with a medium if it wasn't for this.

4 5

everyday and every activity

it's the everyday T that has so much more. this T protects from UV bombardment, fights the funk and moves with the body so easily.

5 5

Great shirt for the outdoors

This was a Christmas gift for my dad - he wears these shirts all the time. These are especially great for sweaty Texas summers. Lightweight and sporty and they look nicer than your average T-shirt.

4 5

Good for traveling and hiking

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have 3 of these shirts now (albeit older versions - as far as I can tell, not much has changed), and they're my go to shirt for traveling, casual summer hiking, occasional winter hiking, and to wear on hot summer days.

I brought two of them with me to Japan last summer and the shirts easily dried overnight on a clothesline despite the near 100% humidity. The shirts are quite for outdoor activities, but they have a casual enough appearance that I don't mind wearing them to school, especially on hot days.

While the Mountain Tech is lightweight compared to a regular cotton t-shirt, it is heavier than some other tech style shirts (the Stoic Breathe 90 is significantly lighter), and as such, I tend to use other shirts for my high high endurance activities (trail running, hard hikes, etc), although, the Mountain Tech will certainly get the job done. I've wound up wearing this shirt on a lot of rock climbs and the fact that it's a bit thicker I think has allowed it to hold up well to abrasion.

I'm 5'7", 155 lbs and the medium fits me well, but is just slightly loose. Which makes it perfect to wear casually, but still fine to wear on the trail.

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How did this shirt survive contacts with Velcro? Did you get any snags and pulled threads? After a year, you are probably in a good position to give your verdict :-) Thanks for sharing.