OUTDOOR SHIRTS: THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGES
Simply wearing your normal T-shirt on a hike or tour through nature is at least a bad option, but actually not an option. Cotton is suitable for everyday wear, but much less so for sports. If you sweat, it gets soaked up, the shirt weighs a lot and is uncomfortable to wear. You feel a heavy, wet shirt directly on your body and start to freeze when the wind suddenly kicks in. Cotton apparel is also not robust. Outdoor shirts, on the other hand, actively wick moisture away from the body thanks to special functional fibres. They remain comfortable to wear. Both in hot weather and when the wind picks up. The shirts are light, breathable and pleasantly compact. So you can pack another one in your rucksack for emergencies.
OUTDOOR SHIRTS: WHAT MATERIALS ARE THERE?
Functional fibres give shirts for outdoor sports their special properties. They are often made of polyester or nylon. Both fibres dry quickly, are light and do not wrinkle. The addition of elastane creates a stretch effect that allows the shirt to adapt to your movements. Some models also have a waterproof membrane. Outdoor shirts for colder days are either made entirely of merino or have reinforcements made of insulating, fast-drying sheep's wool that prevents odours.
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN OUTDOOR SHIRT ?
You tailor your outdoor shirt completely to the conditions of your hike as well as your needs and preferences. You will find the right shirt for every temperature, every temperature feeling, every weather condition - also in our Outdoor Shop:
- Long-sleeved, short-sleeved, without sleeves: Depending on the season and your own (temperature) needs, you choose the cut. Short. Long. Completely sleeveless. Outdoor shirts come in every style.
- With/without pocket(s): Especially for shorter tours in high summer, your luggage should be as compact as possible. In outdoor shirts with pockets you carry the most important things ? smartphone, money, energy bars ? directly on your body and only fill the small backpack with provisions.
- With no collar/zip: High collars can lead to heat accumulation. For this reason, outdoor shirts usually have round collars, and some also have zips. If it gets too hot, you can open the zipper to provide additional air circulation.
- Breathability: Heat should not build up between the fibre and the body. Premium outdoor shirts are therefore breathable and ensure an effective exchange of warmth and air.
- Moisture transport: Where cotton absorbs perspiration, functional shirts run warm first. They actively wick moisture away from the body. The result: a well-regulated body temperature.
- Thermal outdoor shirts: The thin running shirt offers less protection against the cold. Thermal models therefore have wool or thermal inserts that provide additional warmth ? without impairing air circulation and moisture transport.
- Warming materials: Merino wool in particular serves as an additional warming material for many outdoor shirts. This is made possible by the optimal mix of function and odour neutrality.
HOW SHOULD AN OUTDOOR SHIRT FIT?
If you put on an outdoor shirt with elastane, it will naturally fit a little tighter and support the movements of your upper body. Compression shirts that also protect the muscles are even cut close to the skin. Models without stretch are not quite as tight, but still not too loose. They shouldn't flap, but at the same time shouldn't interfere with your freedom of movement.
THE BEST OUTDOO SHIRT FOR EVERY SEASON
Heat. Cold. Inconstancy. Each season has its own characteristics and therefore its own requirements for the right outdoor shirt:
Outdoor shirts for winter
Of course, you don't want to freeze from the start of your hike. That's why the outdoor shirt is only one of several layers - the onion principle is the keyword here. They should be long-sleeved, made of thermal or merino material, but still guarantee moisture exchange and air circulation.
Outdoor shirts for summer
Breathable. Fast drying. Summer calls for lightweight outdoor shirts. Whether you wear short sleeves or none at all depends on your personal preferences and perhaps also the intensity of the expected sunlight.
Outdoor shirts for the transitional period
Breathability, moisture exchange and function are essential in the transitional season. Thermal or merion inserts in functional shirts provide extra warmth without making you sweat unnecessarily.
HOW (OFTEN) DO YOU WASH OUTDOOR SHIRTS?
To prevent odour build-up, you should actually wash outdoor shirts after every tour. If you are out and about for several days, simply hand wash them, otherwise use the washing machine. When doing so, follow the manufacturer's temperature instructions on the label and use a suitable detergent. To protect membranes and microfibres while retaining all their functions, use at least a liquid detergent, or ideally a special detergent for functional clothing. Powder is not an option. You should also keep spinning to a minimum. Turn your outdoor shirt inside out for the drum and don't overfill the machine. To dry, simply hang it out in the fresh air.
OUTDOOR SHIRTS AT KELLER SPORTS
Only quality guarantees the necessary function. That's why at Keller Sports you'll not only find outdoor shirts for men and women, but also choose your favourite from the best brands in the industry. The North Face is just as much a part of our premium outdoor range as adidas Terrex, Fjällräven or Haglöfs. You can also find shirts from Salomon, Schöffel or Peak Performance and order all outdoor products online.