Keep the sun at arm’s length in Patagonia’s Sol Patrol, a fast-drying and highly protective shirt designed for hot summer weather, and with excellent pockets as an added design bonus.
- Good sun protection
- Easy to care for
- Zipped pockets
- Tailored and slim-fitting
Patagonia Sol Patrol: first impressions
If you’re careful about avoiding sunburn when walking, the Patagonia Sol Patrol shirt will suit you perfectly – it’s one of a number of shirts in our selection of the best women’s hiking tops that is designed with sun protection in mind . Its denser fabric has a high 50+ UPF rating and is ideal for hot climates, as it’s cool, breathable and quick to dry thanks to its 100% recycled polyester construction. That sun protection is also a big help if you’re hiking at altitude.
• RRP: $108 (US) / £80 (UK)
• Materials: 100% recycled polyester
• Weight: 167g / 6oz
• Sizes available: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Colors: Upwell Blue
• Compatibility: Ideal if you’re hiking at altitude or out in the sun for prolonged periods
Patagonia Sol Patrol: on the trails
We loved the Patagonia Sol Patrol’s zipped chest pocket on test – so much easier for storing valuables or stashing your phone than a fiddly buttoned one – and the long sleeves and sturdy collar give further protection from the sun’s rays. If you do roll the sleeves up, they are quick and easy to button above your elbows.
As usual, Patagonia have a great eye for detail – the collar has poppers to keep it up or down, there’s a loop on the chest for tools or your sunglasses and even a hidden lens cleaner on one of the hems.
The rather pretty turquoise patterned material doesn’t need ironing and is dark enough to hide sweat and dirt well while still looking and feeling fresh. The Sol Patrol is on the slim, tailored side, which may not suit everyone – while we found it fit nicely and was true to size on test, it’s one to try on in person if possible.
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.
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