When it comes to playing outdoors or working out no two t-shirts are alike, so we put together a list of 7 of the best outdoor shirts for men. Not just the outdoors though, these multipurpose hiking shirts can be used for just about any year-round activity.
Typically your favorite cotton t-shirt is off-limits for recreating so what are you supposed to wear?
Best Outdoor Shirts
With an impressive weight of only 2.1 oz, the lightest on this list, Mountain Khakis’s Passport is a long sleeve shirt that wears like a short sleeve. The sort of shirt that you can wear hiking, fishing, to a board room, out to dinner, biking or to a classical orchestra. Mountain Khakis’s Passport Shirt is made with 100% polyester twill weave with UPF 30 rating, making it one of the best shirts to wear when it’s hot as the material moves freely and allows you to easily hide from the sun.
One of the unique features of the Mountain Khakis Passport EC Long Sleeve Shirt is a zippered pocket on the right side of the chest. Perfect for storing cash or cards while traveling. Hands down one of the best lightweight long sleeve hiking shirts ever made.[Purchase: $79.95]
50+ UPF sun protection, need I say more? Kudos to Patagonia for not only making a killer shirt for hiking and mountain biking, yoga and just about everything in between and for offering sun protection on an often overlooked area. Made of 100% recycled polyester, with a weight of 4.5 oz puts the Patagonia Cool Daily Tee in the midweight category. This shirt is so cozy you just may find yourself still wearing it the next morning.
And the coolest feature though is Patagonia’s use of HeiQ® odor control technology the Cool Daily Tee helps to cut down on your stink. Great for hiking and also one of the best mountain bike t-shirts on this list thanks to a nice loose fit.[Purchase: $35.00]
The perfect shirt to wear for hiking, golf and other activities requiring a lightweight yet sharp looking shirt is the Under Armour Iso-Chill Block Shirt. This polo made of 88% Nylon/12% Elastane offering an incredibly lightweight feel, toss in the 4-way stretch material and you may just forget you’re wearing a shirt, especially with its cool touch.
Thanks to a size run of XS to 5XL this shirt is something just about any guy can fit into, heck your lady will love it too guaranteed. One of the best hiking shirts for hot weather in a short sleeve. [Purchase: $80]
With the use of Rhythm NuYarn fabric, the Black Diamond Rythm Tee is the lightest wool tee shirt on the market weighing 2.43 oz. Made of a blend of (57% Nylon, 43% Merino Wool,) the Black Diamond Rythm Tee feels different from any other shirts you own. It actually takes a little while to get used to the material if you’re more familiar with the feel of traditional polyester.
The Rythm Tee offers a slimmer fit and you may want to size up as it seems this material is prone to shrinking while doing laundry if you’re not paying attention. That being said you won’t really need to wash it as often as other materials which make it one of the best workout shirts for men on this list. [Purchase: $75.00]
The adidas Agravic Tee is a great lightweight high output shirt, weighing 3.2 oz. Made of 80% recycled polyester, 20% polyester the adidas Agravic Parley comes with a nice comfortable athletic shirt feeling with a regular fit. What’s also cool about this t-shirt, is even the Active Orange color shown above looks nice for wearing while running errands around town while still being one of the men’s hiking tee shirts and all-around great workout shirts for men on this list. [Purchase: $34.95]
One of the best running shirts for men on the list is the Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Shirt. As the name implies this lightweight cool and breathable tee is perfect for trail running, hiking and working out where serious high-intensity training is taking place. Patagonia’s Capilene Lightweight Tee can be worn as a stand-alone or baselayer for year-round activities due to Capeline’s temperature regulating properties.
The solid colorways are made of 100% recycled polyester which weighs 2.3 oz. The Heathers version is 2.7 oz and the Stripes Tee weighs 2.3 oz both of later come in a blend of recycled polyester. For sizing Patagonia Lightweight Capilene Shirt offers a more athletic fit when compared to other Patagonia products you may be familiar with. [Purchase: $45.00]
Now, these may not be the best shirts for being active on this list or hiking long distances, although they do feature Moisture Wicking tech. It’s the graphics that stand out here. American Backcountry Shirts will surely be appreciated by anyone that loves the outdoors. The company has a full line of shirts to celebrate all the National Parks and National Forests and even work as the licensee for Boy Scouts of America shirts.
The shirts are made using REPREVE® which turns water bottles into recycled fibers. Nice shirt that can be worn throughout the day. [Purchase: $25.99]