Just like everyone else, I’ve been lusting after all the pretty show shirts that are becoming super popular. Being really light skinned (I’m essentially Norweigan) and living in the land of 300 days of sunshine, I feel like a sun shirt is a fair purchase. That being said, I’m also broke. I have a $50 cap for how much I’m willing to spend on a riding shirt for schooling purposes only.
That knocks out all the major brands that everyone is in love with including Kastel, Tailored Sportsman, EIS, etc. Lower your prices people… please?
When I was reading a thread on Coth about sun shirts, someone mentioned they really liked the Columbia Omni-Freeze sun shirts… that person also said they were on sale right now. $40 and free shipping? Sold!
I bought mine from Sports Authority for that price, but Columbia has them on sale right now for $50. The full price of this shirt is $70, so still not outrageous compared to some brands.
So we established they’re priced well, onto the review! Omni-Freeze refers to Columbia’s sun fabric, which is SPF 50 and has “super cooling technology.” They have lots of shirts with this fabric, but I choose the Women’s Half-Zip since it had a zip collar and long sleeves.
The fit is a little more form fitting than some of the equestrian sunshirts I tried on. It would probably fit some of you skinny minnies a bit better, but on me it’s form fitting without being tight. I do think it looks better not tucked in with athletic pants than it does tucked in with breeches. The sleeves are quite long, so a good choice for those with long arms.
One thing I don’t love, is the sleeves aren’t vented. This combined with the shirt being a bit form fitting makes it feel slightly clingy while riding. Also, this shirt has holes in the sleeves for your thumbs. A neat feature for running perhaps, but not so sure about riding.
What about the super cooling technology? That my friends is amazing. If you sweat a lot (or happen to get soaked hosing off your horse like me) this shirt turns any slight breeze into air conditioning. Seriously. If the fabric is wet, it genuinely feels cold. When I drive home in my car, I need far less air conditioning than I would with a t-shirt.
Overall? I think it’s a good buy for $40. I wish the sleeves were vented, and I wish it was a bit looser fitting on me. If it had either of those features, I’d definitely buy another. As it stands, I like mine but probably won’t purchase anymore.