The most stylish and classic hiking shirt we tested, the Sherpa Kiran looks and feels lovely to wear, and delivers comfort and smart looks that make it a versatile investment.
- Great comfort
- Smart looks
- Eco-friendly materials
- The paler colors are easy to stain
Sherpa Kiran: first impressions
The Sherpa Kiran comes from a rare breed of company – an outdoors brand that makes adventure-friendly clothing that still looks stylish. We like their jumpers and jackets, inspired by the colors of Nepal, and we were just as impressed by the Kiran shirt on test.
The sand and white colorways of this shirt are the smartest we tested for our best women’s hiking tops buying guide. We would happily wear them to dinner or even to work as well as for hiking and travelling, so you’re guaranteed to get good cost-per-wear here. If you hate the sporty look of outdoor clothing but still needs a button-down that performs, this is a great choice.
• RRP: $80 (US) / £56 (UK)
• Materials: Hemp (54%), Tencel (44%), spandex (2%)
• Weight: 280g / 10oz
• Sizes available: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL
• Colors: Sand / Black / White
• Compatibility: Ideal for multi-activity trips where you’re going from trail to town
Sherpa Kiran: on the trails
This soft shirt is also one of the comfiest we tested. The brand use a mix of planet-friendly hemp, Tencel (see also: the best eco-friendly outdoor brands) which is great for temperature control, and stretchy spandex to get a great fit that feels lovely against the skin and which is also durable enough to tackle more adventurous hikes.
The Kiran sports good quality buttons, doesn’t need ironing (despite its linen-like looks), and even has a hidden security pocket for carrying valuables. Ideal for wearing in the mountains if you’re on a walking and cultural holiday where you need just one shirt to take you from trail to temple to tuktuk.
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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