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    Best Hot Climate USPSA Shirt?

    Looking for options on shirts to wear for USPSA matches in hot climate.

    I'm currently using a Nike Dri-Fit Cotton/Poly blend, which is plain except for the Nike Swoosh logo. I ordered some Gildan T-shirts, plain, which are a 50/50 mix. These are ok but not as comfy/stretchy as the Dri-Fit. I can order more Dri-Fit but relative to the Gildan, are much pricier. Plus I'd prefer not to have the logo because:reasons.

    These are the Gildan's I bought:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    These are the Nike Dri-Fits I have bought previously:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    My matches take place in FL, so it is hot and muggy. I also sweat a lot, so the shirt will get wet. I also prefer very bright colors, as bright as possible, i.e. orange or yellow. (Once I had an RSO ask me to make ready when I spotted a man still pasting down range wearing a black shirt.)
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    I usually wear Outdoor Research Astroman shirts. The old models are better if you can still find them (the snaps on the new models suck, IMO), but the fabric is great. Lightweight, quick drying, +50 UPF, has a collar (I always pop mine when out in the sun for that extra sun protection, and also gives you some protection against slings if you end up doing some long gun stuff). Can be had in both short sleeve and long sleeve; for USPSA, I prefer to use short sleeve and apply sunscreen on my arms, but I'll rock the long sleeves when hiking.
    Last edited by Default.mp3; 09-03-2020 at 11:57 AM.

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    I have a few Orvis Drirelease shirts and really like them in the muggy Texas heat. The fabric has enough cotton in it to not feel “plastic-y”. It’s very thin, gives a cooling effect when soaked with sweat them dries out really fast. They’ve also been very durable over the years. Not the cheapest, but I’m planning to scoop up a couple more with hoods if that tells you anything.


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    Central Texas: I wear either my team jersey or shirts from underarmour. Half the time the underarmour shirt I wear is a long sleeve shirt due to the sun. Given the current political climate, my intent is just to wear plain underarmour shirts outside of any Tier 4s I go to (someone has to fill out the bottom ten roster!)

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    Amazon has these in neon orange. Not tight as I hate feeling like a sausage in the casing and the long sleeves protect against the sun as well as contact with hot brass: Clothe Co. Men's Long Sleeve Moisture Wicking Athletic Sport Training T-Shirt

    https://www.amazon.com/Clothe-Co-Moi...25G&th=1&psc=1

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    I used Columbia moisture wicking long sleeve shirts. In TX, like Zinc, I wanted to minimize sun exposure for cancer and sunburn. Also long sleeves gave a bit of protection if an empty bounced on your arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn E. Meyer View Post
    I used Columbia moisture wicking long sleeve shirts.
    Yeah, their "Omnifreeze" stuff seems to work pretty well. I mean, it's still going to be hot, but it at least helps some.

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    Materials that wick moisture are quite excellent. Don't forget headgear. In serious climates a baseball hat doesn't really cut it when better substitutes are available.

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    Gildan makes that same style as an all polyester "Performance" shirt which is somewhat more comfortable than poly-cotton blend.
    Lots of colors, less than $6.
    https://www.shirtchamp.com/gildan-ad...z-t-shirt-g420

    Long sleeve, too.
    https://www.shirtchamp.com/gildan-ad...e-t-shirt-g424

    I have a Duluth Armachillo that cost more and does not feel as comfortable.
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    Thanks all.

    Much appreciate the suggestions, especially @farscott @Jim Watson and @Default.mp3. I'll look into those.

    I should have mentioned usually shoot in the evenings locally, as otherwise it is so hot here in FL during the day that my equipment would melt, sure as the One Ring cast into the fire of Mount Doom, hence short sleeves.
    Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.
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