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jan5385145 wrote a review of on May 16, 2012

5 5

Okay, guys, maybe this isn't what you wanted to hear about this shirt, but the fact is, I'm a gal and I bought it and I love it. Ladies, here's the deal: Icebreaker has been making their women's shirts very stylish lately, with tight shoulders, short, capped sleeves, and tight fitting. That's fine and dandy for street wear, but if you want something serious for backpacking, you need a looser fit, longer short sleeves that will give you some decent sun protection, and shoulders that won't bunch underneath and will be comfortable under a pack. Years ago, IB made their womens' shirts with these features in mind, but no more. So I bought the men's size small, and it works great. The shirt has a deep front zipper for good ventilation, and the collar will lie flat if you open the zipper a little bit. There's a cool little pocket on the right seam, at the bottom, into which you could slip a key or bandana, and it doesn't interfere with a pack. The shirt has pointelle fabric (tiny holes) in areas of heat, which is very clever. I've used the shirt on two long backpacking trips, and it's wonderful--no smell, comfortable when wet/sweaty, but dries quickly. True, it's a bit manish in color and styling, but no one has called me "Sir" yet.