Best Hiking T-Shirts for Women in 2019   Recently updated !


SmartWool Merino 150

SmartWool Merino 150

When the weather gets too warm for wearing a long-sleeved baselayer, what’s better than throwing on a short-sleeved shirt and feeling the sun and wind on your arms? However, your everyday cotton t-shirt won’t perform well here as cotton is poor at regulating your body’s temperature, absorbs a lot of moisture and dries very slow (read more in the article Why is cotton bad for hiking). You should instead go for a proper hiking shirt made of either lightweight Merino wool and/or a synthetic blend (polyester, nylon, spandex etc.) to ensure that it has qualities such as being breathable, temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking, quick-drying and anti-microbial (Merino wool provides this naturally). Some people might still think that Merino wool garments are suitable only for hiking in cold weather, but nothing could be further from the truth as long as the fabric is thin and lightweight. To learn more about the properties of different baselayer materials, go to our article comparing the various fabrics. Below we have made a selection of the best hiking t-shirts for women, which you can wear over a medium support or high-impact sports bra depending on your preferences and activity level. Just remember sunscreen!

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1. Buying a Hiking T-Shirt – What is important?

Material

The material of your hiking shirt influences your performance on the trails in the summertime as it determines whether the respective garment offers proper ventilation, moisture-wicking and a comfortable body temperature. Such qualities can be found in sophisticated synthetic blends as well as lightweight Merino wool fabrics, potentially mixed with a bit of nylon fibers to increase the durability (read more about the durability of Merino wool in our article How durable are Merino garments?). Merino wool garments for summer use should naturally be made of thin and lightweight fabrics (<175g/m2).

Fit

It’s very individual how tight a fit one prefers for hiking clothes, but do keep in mind that a slightly loose fit will offer better ventilation than a very tight. On the other hand, a too loose fit can cause problems if you are wearing a backpack as it is easy for the fabric to bundle up and start chafing at your skin.

UPF-rating

It is definitely an advantage if your hiking shirt offers UV-protection. This will usually be indicated through a UPF-rating, especially when it comes to synthetic garments. The UPF-rating of a garment indicates how much UV-radiation it can protect against; a hiking shirt with a UPF20 blocks all but 1/20 (≈5%) of UV-rays. The UPF-rating is dependent on various factors such as tightness of weave (think denim versus loose knits), fiber type (wool, polyester, cotton etc.), amount of stretch, dyes, treatments and condition of the garment (brand-new or worn-out). Read more in our article Sun Protective Clothing for Hiking.

2. The Best Women’s Hiking T-Shirts Review

Best Women's Hiking T-Shirts

Best Women’s Hiking T-Shirts

The Best Women’s Hiking T-Shirts – List

  1. SmartWool Merino 150 T-shirt
  2. Icebreaker Tech Lite
  3. Mountain Hardwear CoolHiker AC
  4. Arcteryx A2B T-shirt
  5. Outdoor Research Echo

Comparison

Feature/Product SmartWool Merino 150 T-shirt Icebreaker Tech LiteMountain Hardwear CoolHiker ACArcteryx A2B T-shirtOutdoor Research Echo
Material87% Merino wool, 13% nylon87% Merino wool, 13% nylonDry Touch spun poly jersey (96% polyester; 4% elastane)Polylain (50% polyester, 50% cotton)100 % polyester
FitSlim fitRegularRegularRelaxedTrim fit
UV Protectionn/a (probably >UPF20)UPF30n/an/aUPF15
SmartWool Merino 150

SmartWool Merino 150

1. SmartWool Merino 150 T-shirt

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing

The SmartWool Merino 150 t-shirt is made of a great blend of light-weight Merino fibers (87%) spun around a core of nylon (13%) which enhances the durability of the fabric while it still provides all the characteristics of Merino wool such as breathability, natural UV-protection, anti-odor and temperature-regulating properties. To prevent chafing and irritation at the top of yours shoulders when wearing a backpack, the SmartWool t-shirt is made with raglan sleeves. It is sewn with stretch merrow stitching for comfort and the side seams wrap to slightly to the front for a body-enhancing fit. The SmartWool Merino 150 t-shirt is available in a variety of colors.

 

Pros:

  • All the benefits of Merino wool combined with nylon for durability
  • Flatlock seams
  • Natural UV-protection

Cons:

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Icebreaker Tech Lite

Icebreaker Tech Lite

2. Icebreaker Tech Lite

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing

Icebreaker is the grand old lady when it comes to producing Merino wool garments for hiking and offers a wide range of hiking shirts with varying amounts of Merino fibers (from 46% to 100 %) and fabric densities. The bestseller is the Icebreaker Tech Lite t-shirt made of 87% Merino fibers which are spun around a nylon core (13%) for added durability, resulting in a fabric density of 150 g/m2. As the nylon fibers are literally covered in Merino wool, the fabric feels soft to the touch and have all the great qualities of Merino such as breathability, temperature-regulation and natural odor-control. The offset shoulder seams reduce chafing if you are carrying a backpack. The Icebreaker Tech Lite tee is available with a crew or scoop neck, in solid colors or with various cool prints.

 

Pros:

  • All the benefits of Merino wool combined with nylon for durability
  • Natural UV-protection

Cons:

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Mountain Hardwear CoolHiker

Mountain Hardwear CoolHiker

3. Mountain Hardwear CoolHiker AC

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing

The Mountain Hardwear CoolHiker AC is made of the lightweight and moisture-wicking Dry Touch spun poly jersey which features the Wick.Q technology to keep you cool and dry. The fabric is also treated with an antimicrobial finish to help fight odor. Construction-wise, the CoolHiker AC shirt has several nice details such as side slits for more freedom of movement, a dropped tail hem for extra coverage and a perforated backpanel for superb ventilation – especially if you are wearing a backpack. Like the other hiking shirts in this review, the Mountain Hardwear t-shirt is constructed without horizontal seams on top of the shoulders which could otherwise lead to chafing and irritation under the straps of a backpack. The Mountain Hardwear CoolHiker AC shirt is available in white, grey, petroleum blue and orange.

 

Pros:

  • Superb wicking material
  • Perforated backpanel for extra ventilation
  • Antimicrobial finish

Cons:

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Arcteryx A2B

Arcteryx A2B

4. Arcteryx A2B T-shirt

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing

As the name indicates, the Arcteryx A2B t-shirt is designed for people on the go by combining a casual design with a more technical fabric. The material is Polylain which is a polyester/Merino wool blend knit that ensures comfort across a wide range of temperatures, moisture management and Merino wool’s natural odor-control. The Arcteryx A2B t-shirt is the most loose-fitting hiking t-shirt on this list and therefore best for those who prefer their tops to be easy and breezy. It is also slightly longer than the other garments listed here. In terms of neckline, the Arcteryx A2B t-shirt only comes in a scoop neck style, but in a handful of classic colors.

 

Pros:

  • Loose fit for warm days
  • Light and breathable fabric

Cons:

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Where to buy?

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Outdoor Research Echo

Outdoor Research Echo

5. Outdoor Research Echo

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing

The Outdoor Research Echo is perfect for hot summer days as it is light-weight, moisture-wicking and quick drying. These qualities can be attributed to the sophisticated AirVent fabric which offers a UPF-rating of 15 (meaning that it deflects all but 1/15≈ 6,7% of UV-rays) and also have been treated with the anti-odor agent Polygiene. To reduce the possibility of chafing, the t-shirt is sewed with flatlock stitches and has Raglan sleeves – meaning that each sleeve extends to the collar in one piece, leaving a diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone rather than one on the top of your shoulders where it could chafe under the pressure of a backpack. The Outdoor Research Echo is available in a wide range of colors.

 

Pros:

  • Superb wicking AirVent fabric
  • Flatlock seam construction and raglan sleeves
  • Treated with Polygiene for odor control

Cons:

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