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Old 07-14-2018, 12:57 PM
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Default Best fishing shirts for the heat- cotton? Nylon?

I fish almost every week in Florida, including the scorching summer. I need proper sun protection and also want to be comfortable.

The trend now is 100% synthetic "performance" shirts. Sure, they dry fast and launder well, but nylon. poly, etc. are very hot to wear in the Florida summer. Or at least that's just me. Cotton just feels more comfortable.
Synthetics supposedly "wick away moisture" but I feel they make you sweat more to begin with.

Trying to find a decent cotton fishing shirt (not a t-shirt) is a challenge now. My local Bass Pro does not sell theirs anymore. Columbia makes the Bonehead line. It works, but it is also pretty thick for Florida summer, and they are harder to find.

So what shirts do you wear in extremely hot areas?

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The oldest white POS cotton shirt you can find.
The more you use it the better they get. If you want vents wear that sucker until it wears holes in it.

Performance, wicking, spf shit is crazy expensive and I have a box full of them from all the tournaments I have fished over the years. I always wondered why they give them away at these functions. Now I know.

I suppose it is a personal thing but all those high end BS shirts aren't for me. Every time I put one on I want matching shorts and feel compelled to go for a bike ride.
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I like the Columbia and wal mart cottons myself
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Look for poly cottons that have mesh in the sides, back, armpits or all three. AFTCO.
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The oldest white POS cotton shirt you can find.
The more you use it the better they get. If you want vents wear that sucker until it wears holes in it.

Performance, wicking, spf shit is crazy expensive and I have a box full of them from all the tournaments I have fished over the years. I always wondered why they give them away at these functions. Now I know.

I suppose it is a personal thing but all those high end BS shirts aren't for me. Every time I put one on I want matching shorts and feel compelled to go for a bike ride.

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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
The oldest white POS cotton shirt you can find.
The more you use it the better they get. If you want vents wear that sucker until wears holes in it.

Performance, wicking, spf shit is crazy expensive and I have a box full of them from all the tournaments I have fished over the years. I always wondered why they give them away at these functions. Now I know.

I suppose it is a personal thing but all those high end BS shirts aren't for me. Every time I put one on I want matching shorts and feel compelled to go for a bike ride.
This. Even better if you cut the sleeves off.

When it is really hot they all stink. I'm glad I have dark skin and don't tend to burn easily.
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Originally Posted by slipkid View Post
This. Even better if you cut the sleeves off.

When it is really hot they all stink. I'm glad I have dark skin and don't tend to burn easily.
Me too.

My doc says watch the skin boy. I told him I go naked and let the sun burn the shit off me. That's how they get it off in your office last I checked. He always says he wont show up to my funeral if you keep talking like that.

I tell him to F off, I will be there.

Joking aside, the exposure over time will get you. I don't think clothing is going to help much in the grand scheme unless you mummy wrap your entire body.

I think sunscreen causes cancer in laboratory animals when they are kept inside.
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From my days as a teen (prior to being drafted to go off to South East Asia) I bummed on the beaches and boats fishing on the SE Georgia and NE Florida coast.

The shirt of choice was a light colored cotton T-Shirt, a size or two too big for good ventilation. Never wore a new one, when they came from the store they had two or three trips through the washing machine to get all the sizing out. Hung out to dry on the backyard clothesline in the sun between washings.

Combined with a Stu Apte hat I was set.
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Loose Cotton . I tend to treat them more like a wearable rag . I'm always dousing myself and hat with water . I like Columbia fishing shirts though but if I knew I was in for a SF blazing hot day of bloody / messy - trolling / bottom fishing it's loose cotton .

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I bought my first long sleeve synthetic tee shirt style fishing shirt a few weeks ago. I’m on the fence with whether keeping the sun off of you actually keeps you cooler or not? I can’t stand to be hot or constricted so the verdict is still out for me. Cotton does seem that it would be cooler than the synthetic stuff. JMO. I know a straw hat has been my biggest game changer in the last year.
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My crew uniform are grey sport tek shirts. They are $7 each on Amazon. Way cooler than cotton. We wear Navy in winter when it's a little cooler.
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A few years I made the decision to stick with the "performance" shirts. They are not comfortable in the heat, but are cooler in really hot weather than my old cotton tee shirts. Also, I hate wearing sunscreen. So my usual fishing outfit is wide brim Tilly hat, buff for the face, fingerless fishing gloves, performance shirt and long synthetic light fishing pants. The whole outfit is not comfortable, but not uncomfortable once out on the water occupied by fishing.

Most of my fishing is on a kayak or center console.
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Originally Posted by flspy View Post
I fish almost every week in Florida, including the scorching summer. I need proper sun protection and also want to be comfortable.

The trend now is 100% synthetic "performance" shirts. Sure, they dry fast and launder well, but nylon. poly, etc. are very hot to wear in the Florida summer. Or at least that's just me. Cotton just feels more comfortable.
Synthetics supposedly "wick away moisture" but I feel they make you sweat more to begin with.

Trying to find a decent cotton fishing shirt (not a t-shirt) is a challenge now. My local Bass Pro does not sell theirs anymore. Columbia makes the Bonehead line. It works, but it is also pretty thick for Florida summer, and they are harder to find.

So what shirts do you wear in extremely hot areas?
Check these out for sun protection and keeping cool. He’s on THT. I’ve got two and they are great.

www.getrapi.com
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One thing I am getting from these great posts is that despite the shirt manufacturers best efforts, they really have not come up with a universally accepted fabric and design for the summer Florida heat....
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
Look for poly cottons that have mesh in the sides, back, armpits or all three. AFTCO.
I just bought on of these..with hoody and felt it was great/cool..very thin material with many small breeze holes. I also like the feel of the Grundens camo fishing shirt
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Take a look at the guy on the far right. He took a performance shirt and cut the sleeves off! Though I might try this!
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This shirt is a good all around sports shirt.
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Never thought of wearing a cast net .
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I tried one of those long sleeve performance shirts ONCE.
Never again. Give me a plain old white cotton t shirt and a pair of board shorts. And bare feet
I'ma Florida Boy.
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Cotton? For real?

Once a cotton t shirt gets wet on a hot, humid day, it (and you) will be wet for the duration. Then, it will feel like you are wearing a hot, wet, heavy blanket all day. Plus, cotton stretches, the neck hole on cotton t shirts quickly wears out when constantly wet, generally there are no pockets, and there is no collar to help block the sun. A cotton t shirt? No way. Can't believe to hear that from some of you salty dogs.

The "performance" fishing shirts are not all perfect by any means, but shoot... they are all superior to wearing a hot wet towel around all day. Cotton is for towels and sheets, not for fishing shirts.
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I'm not sure what OP is expecting. No shirt is going to keep you perfectly comfortable in 90*, high humidity, no breeze.

I like these synthetics https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sport-Men...0-UPF/21014895

Or these for cotton synthetic blend https://www.walmart.com/ip/Men-s-Fre...-Tee/614660925
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