Top 8 Outdoor Shirts for Men in 2021

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Whether you’re looking for a wardrobe update, a few items to add to your Christmas list, or you’re ready to embark upon a new adventure and want a new shirt to accompany you so we’ve put together a list of the best outdoor t-shirts. These shirts provide you with the ultimate in versatility, durability, and sun protection whether you’re hiking backcountry roads, running along your favorite trail, or jumping into a pickup game of basketball. From casual shirts to technical shirts and everything in-between.

Best Outdoor Shirts


686 Men’s Let’s Go Tech T-Shirt

If you’re ready to embrace the next level of adventure, don this shirt and do good for the planet as you explore it. This dynamic shirt is made from 96% recycled performance polyester and nearly 10 plastic bottles are recycled for every shirt produced. And that’s not even the best part.

The Let’s Go Tech T-shirt is crafted to provide lightweight comfort with quick-drying and moisture-wicking technology. Laser-cut pit vents provide even more air circulation. With the ultimate in breathability, you can go from the gym to the trail and back again and stay comfortable the whole time. Planning to be out in the sun? No problem thanks to the phenomenal UPF 50+ sun protection built into the fabric.

The hidden side-stash pocket lets you take important items on the trail or on a run without notice. No longer wonder where to put your house keys, ID card, money, or phone thanks to this built-in pocket.

With this far-from-average t-shirt, you can look stylish around town and hit the trail at a moment’s notice without breaking a sweat.

Price: $44.95

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Men's Arc'teryx CORMAC T-Shirt

Arc’teryx Cormac Crew

Calling all trail runners, mountain climbers, explorers, hikers, bikers, and rugged outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re looking for the next big thing for trail running and high output adventures, then the Arc’teryx Cormac Crew t-shirt is where it’s at.

It was designed with trail running in mind, then refined further to include elements that would benefit a wider range of high output activities. The shirt is crafted from synthetic engineered materials to provide you with the best in breathability, allowing moisture to escape, regulating your body’s temperature, and providing the best comfort level possible. The fit and design are tailored to create freedom of movement and airflow whether you’re on the trail or off. And with a UPF rating of 50+, you can wear this in any weather while keeping yourself protected from the sun’s harsh rays.

Price: $69.00

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Intelligent Threads Men's T-Shirt

Intelligent Threads

Intelligent Threads has created clothing unlike any other we’ve ever come across. Their proprietary technology results in a shirt that not only feels amazing but helps your muscles to relax while you work out, play hard, or cool down for better performance and recovery.

For the serious athlete, recovery is as critical as performance during an intense training session or a game. With Intelligent Threads, the technology inside each t-shirt will help muscles perform well and recover well. With relaxed muscles, your chances for injury are slashed, your posture and alignment improve, and your game gets better.

Not only do these high-tech shirts benefit your muscles, performance, and recovery, but they’re also lightweight, breathable, roomy, and moisture-wicking to create the ultimate shirt for intense activity wear.

Price: $300

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Men's Jackwolfskin Crosstrail T-Shirt

Jack Wolfskin Crosstrail

Jump into a classic game of pickup on the court after work with this shirt in your gym bag or hit the hiking trail with buddies on the weekend. No matter where you choose to put this shirt to the test, it won’t disappoint.

The soft jersey fabric breathes and feels cool to the touch while resisting odor buildup so you can feel fresh no matter how long you’re on the trail. Perspiration wicking provides comfort and the ability to stay dry whether you’re hiking up a ridge or biking down a narrow slope. This t-shirt is designed to work as hard as you do with breathable sweat-wicking material and antibacterial technology.

Price: $27.99

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Orvis Dryrelease Long Sleeve Fishing Shirt

Orvis Drirelease

Ready to grab your fishing gear and take off for a long weekend away? If your answer to that question is yes, then you need to take an Orvis Drirelease long sleeve crew neck shirt with you. This powerhouse shirt is crafted from the bestselling drirelease fabric Orvis is known for, creating a shirt that promotes optimal airflow, moisture-wicking, and comfort. The blend of this cotton and polyester is super soft and provides moisture management that doesn’t wash out and is good for the life of your shirt.

Thanks to their OutSmart Fresh technology, you’ll feel and smell good during those long days on the lake, stream, or backcountry. You’ll enjoy a full range of motion thanks to the active fit cut that makes this shirt so popular. And, with a wide range of color options and contrast stitching, you’ll not only feel great, but you’ll look great, too. Typically we think of Orvis as having button down shirts, this short sleeve is a game changer.

Price: $59.00

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686 bike jersey

686 X Evil Blackout Bike Jersey

Get ready to hit the back-country biking trails in comfort with the 686 X Evil Blackout Bike Jersey. 686 just took their favorite performance T and completely redid it to create an even better technical jersey. Make of 96% recycled performance polyester, the shirt contains an anti-microbial finish that keeps you cleaner and fresher for longer.

Now for what makes this shirt such a perfect fit for the biking trails. A slightly wider back provides an optimal range of motion when you’re working your way down or up the trails. The slimmer sleeves and body combine to further enhance your on-bike comfort level. Finally, a drop-tail hem adds the finishing touches to this SS performance jersey. With a UPF rating of 50, this jersey earns its spot in the must-have lineup for trail gear.

Price: $49.95

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Simms Fishing Long Sleeve Shirt Blue Mens

Simms Stone Cold Shirt

Get ready to spend days on the lake or the river in style and comfort with Simms Stone Cold Long Sleeve Shirt. Made of stretch woven nylon, this comfortable fishing shirt provides the full range of motion you need and expect whether hiking to reach a little-known fishing spot or casting a fly over a lazy river. This shirt performs excellently in all types of hot weather from hot and dry climates to hot and humid conditions.

Simms’ Brr Triple Chill Effect technology is what makes this shirt so remarkably effective. The technology works to wick moisture away, provide rapid drying, and keep you cool in even the hottest conditions. Two zip compartments provide extra room for small gear, a cell phone, or documents like a fishing license and your ID. A built-in sunglass chamois adds a touch of convenience should you need to wipe your glasses clean.

The 50 UPF rating protects you from long days of exposure to the sun’s rays from dawn till dusk and the finish is guaranteed to last for the life of the shirt. Finally, after your long trip, you can machine wash and dry this shirt, making it even more convenient to use and enjoy.

Price: $89.95

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