734232wrote a review of Columbia Royce Peak II Shirt - Long-Sleeve - Men's on September 3, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I just used this shirt for 14 days off trail through the Sierras.
First, the fit is great for a taller skinny person like myself. The sleeve length isn't too short in the small size. The fit is more athletic/form fitting which Columbia has been excelling at compared to the "other more expensive hip brands". There is no annoying excess material around the waist that gets in the way of your hip belt for example. The vertical back vents work really well. The style is great to and I'm tempted to wear it to work.
Second, I love the material. It's thicker but works equally well in heat and at night when the temps drop. It stretches! A complete game changer. It's bullet proof. It resists dirt and stains. I bushwhacked the crap out of it. I only wring washed it (no soap) in cold Sierra lakes every few days. Although not as anti-microbial as wool or silk the smells were kept to a minimum with very little effort. It dries very quickly: within 45 minutes in direct sun. A few hours with no sun in the cold. The best at wicking sweat, it was never soaked with sweat which occurs with all my other hiking shirts. And it was soft on the skin and felt comfortable when I had to sleep in it for extra warmth. I got a lot of confused looks when I told people how long I had been out because the brand new looking shirt said otherwise. At the end I could've possibly slapped the tags back on it and passed it off as new and unused if I wanted to. But I'm keeping it forever.
The only thing I didn't like were the chest pockets. Too much excess layered material but I did use them to hold little things like water bottle caps while filtering water. Columbia could've at least mesh backed them. I find that chest pockets are kind of useless when you're wearing a pack.
I bought this and the coveted Rail Riders shirt to compare the two. Surprisingly this columbia shirt won by a land slide and the RR is being sent back.
Now if only columbia would make a convertible pant with the same material.