Great fit, best for water, not desert
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
Love the fit of this one, it has a slightly relaxed fit, and a more modern silhouette, which is nice for extra airflow in the summer, and still very flattering, at least for me. The drawstring is helpful on the hood if you're in the wind, or motoring somewhere on a boat.
Being UPF 50, it is a very tight weave/knit, and by default does not breath that well in the desert. I would say it was useful for the desert sun, but in 90 deg F dry desert heat, it was not ideal. It offered sun protection, but caused extra sweating, and the synthetic material starts to stink pretty quick.
I was out working for a week, sunrise to late afternoon in the desert, and by the last 3 days, I opted for a loose and light/summer-weight merino hoody instead of any of the UPF 50 "sun shirts."
This shirt is still a great option for certain temps/climates/situations. I think it would be great in slightly cooler temps (and by that, I mean 70-80 deg F), and would be especially well suited for the river or lake where you might have a breeze.