Columbia Camp Henry shirt review: a cool short for warmer hikes

100% cotton makes the Columbia Camp Henry shirt a light and breezy treat for hot dry weather

Columbia Camp Henry shirt
(Image: © Columbia)

Advnture Verdict

Stay breezy in the heat in this cool and casual 100% cotton shirt, a nice summer top that can also keep up on hikes in dry weather.

Pros

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    Very breathable

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    Smart patterns on offer

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    Lightweight

Cons

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    Cotton lacks thermal qualities and is slow to dry once wet (so not suitable for mountain or winter wear)

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    Sizes small

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Columbia Camp Henry shirt: first impressions

The popular Columbia Camp Henry shirt is a versatile, long-sleeve, plaid-patterned shirt for more relaxed use. Despite its cosy flannel looks, the shirt is surprisingly light, cool and breathable – ideal for hot weather hiking when worn alone, or easily popped over a base layer in chillier climates, but if you’re heading into the mountains, there are more suitable choices in our best women’s hiking tops buying guide.

That’s because this shirt is 100% cotton, and cotton has zero thermal properties when it gets wet, so it is not appropriate for alpine or cold-weather wear. Keep this one for hiking on nice warm days, either at home or when on holiday, and then it will perform well. 

Specifications

• RRP: $52 (US) / £55 (UK)
• Materials: 100% Cotton
• Weight: 180g / 6oz
• Sizes available: XS / S / M / L
• Colors: New Mint / Sun Glow / Faded Sky / Stone Green / Nocturnal Canyon / Where Stripe / Cedar Blush / Peach Cloud
• Compatibility: Look smart on dry summer trails in this versatile shirt

Columbia Camp Henry shirt: on the trails

On test, we discovered that the sleeves rolled up quickly and easily, thanks to well-placed tabs, and we found the shoulders sat nicely under a hiking backpack, with no rucking up or rubbing. 

We did find this shirt a little shorter in the torso than some others on test, and we’d recommend sizing up in to make sure you get a loose and unencumbered fit. It’s a good one to try on in person if you can. 

Various check and striped versions are available – the plain blue, striped incarnation of this shirt would be smart enough for the workplace, while the cheery checks look great on the trail. 

If you’re after a casual shirt that can still come happily along on a hike or a camping trip, rather than a tough, technical shirt with all the bells and whistles, the Columbia Camp Henry will be a smart addition to your wardrobe. 

An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.