Even though the skies are stormy here this week (thanks tropical storm Bill!), I’m still a big fan of sun shirts. Being blonde with green eyes, I basically am Norweigan and don’t tan well. Plus I’m a bit of a hunter/jumper princess and I like trends 🙂
Columbia Omni-Freeze Sun Shirt
This was the first sun shirt I tried, and it is not an “Equestrian” brand. I picked it up after a recommendation thread on Chronicle, and found it on sale at Sports Authority. I’ve actually reviewed it in detail on the blog before, but I will re-compare now that I’ve purchased a few more sun shirts. Fabric wise, this is the most “cooling” of the bunch. When I get wet after riding from hosing Simon, I’m actually physically cold in the car… as in I’ll turn the air conditioning down. Riding wise, the fabric is a little thicker than I would like. It’s also pretty form fitting.
For the price I paid, $40 + shipping… I like the shirt well enough. I wish it had vents and was a little bit looser. For me, it gets a solid B+ at the sale price but a C at full price ($75).
Ariat Sunstopper Zip-up Sun Shirt
Like Britt, I also have the Ariat Sunstopper sun shirt. I picked it up on sale last winter for $30, and if we did a cost to appreciate algorithm… this would be my favorite sun shirt. The fit is a bit boxier than the other two sun shirts I have, but I like that it doesn’t look like it’s clinging to every part of my pudge. This shirt also has a vent in the back, which is different than the other ones I own and a nice feature.
The downsides are that the shirt just isn’t very well made compared to its more expensive counterparts. Mine is holding up okay, but nice stitching details and color-coordinating vent fabric are non existent… at least with the 2014 models of these shirts. Still, if you pick one up on sale I think it’s a really good value. B+ from me!
Equi-in-Style (EIS) Sun Shirt
These are my favorite, which is probably at least a little bit because they are super trendy in hunterland and one of the first sun shirts to come at the market. At $100 full retail, I am a bargain shopper for EIS shirts. I won’t buy one full price, and usually wait until they drop into the $40-$50 range in their clearance section.
What sets these shirts apart in my opinion are color options and details. Each color is matching throughout – the zipper, stitching and vent fabric are all a perfect blend. For me, they are a bit more fitted than I’d like but I also have the option to size up. They’re available from XS – 2XL in a wide variety of colors and styles. Sure, you have to be a bit pickier if you shop the sale section but the selection is still pretty decent. The fabric is super wicking and more light weight than either of my other sun shirts. For me, these shirts get an A. They’d get an A+ if they were cut a little bit less form fitting (on me) and if the full purchase price weren’t so steep. However, you get what you pay for!
Have you tried any of these three sun shirts I mention, or do you have a personal favorite I should check out?