Tend to overheat on summer walks? Hiking shirts can still be for you – Mammut’s Aada was one of the lightest and breeziest shirts we tested out. That said, the tailored cut won’t suit all body shapes.
Tailored fit won’t suit all body types
Not very warm
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Mammut Aada: first impressions
Hey, good looking! At first glance, you might think the Mammut Aada was culled from a work wardrobe – a smart check makes the Aada look like a cut above your average women’s hiking tops.
Available in either a long or short-sleeve cut, this shirt is more tailored than many other hiking shirts, so it’ll suit slim or athletic builds best; women with bigger hips and boobs may need to choose a boxier design in order to have a good range of movement. The plus side to that slimmer profile is that the Aada fits very nicely under fleece jackets. If it does suit you, you’ll like the lightweight, easy-care polyester material, which is easy to wash, quick to dry and doesn’t need ironing to look smart.
• RRP: $65 (US) / £55 (UK)
• Materials: 100% polyester
• Weight: 120g / 4.2oz
• Sizes available: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Colors: Bright White Peacoat / Zen / Galaxy / Candy Pink
• Compatibility: A smart shirt for warmer walks
Mammut Aada: on the trails
When we tested this shirt out on a multi-day walk it definitely stood out for its breathability, and that refreshing lack of weight means you’ll barely notice you’re wearing it. If the weather turns chilly, Mammut also make a Winter version of this shirt in a thicker brushed material.
The Aada has decent sun protection of UPF 30+, and the fabric has an antimicrobial treatment that reduces odor, too – ideal if you’re going to be hiking far from the nearest washing machine for days on end.
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.