The Ex Officio Halo Check Shirt with Insect Shield is perfect for hiking or fly fishing where you want protection from the sun and disease-carrying insects. Part of the Ex Officio’s BugsAway clothing collection for men and women, it’s been factory pre-treated with Permethrin, an invisible and odorless insect repellent approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for use on clothing and outdoor gear.
The Halo Check shirt is lightweight nylon shirt that is fast-drying and perfect for warm weather use. Lined with mesh under the top half of the back and tops of the shoulders, the shirt has side vents that wick away and help dry perspiration. The shirt uses snaps instead of buttons for improved durability down the middle and on the cuffs, with roll up long sleeves that secure on the upper arm.
The shirt has two convenient front chest pockets that close with velcro tabs, good when you have your hands full with other gear. One also has an internal zipper at the top for extra security and the other has a fabric loop sewn inside.
I’ve found that the Halo Check is great for day hiking and backpacking, especially when I wear the same shirt for a week at a time without washing it. The use of snaps means that I don’t have to worry about about buttons falling off or being lost in commercial driers when I wash it in town and it dries so fast that I can dip it in streams to rinse it out (wringing it dry 200 feet from water sources) or to cool off in hot weather. I plan to buy a few more of these shirts for casual use as well as fly fishing.
Additional Sun Protection
The Halo Check shirt is also pretreated with Sun Guard which blocks more than 96% of the sun’s harmful rays from reaching your skin and gives the shirt a UPF rating of 30+. My dermatologist is big on clothing-based sun protection and I have some family medical history that makes me take her warnings seriously.
UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) is a scientific measurement of a material’s capacity to prevent harmful UV rays from reaching your skin. It is similar to the SPF number denoting the effectiveness of sunscreens, except that UPF measures both UVB and UVA radiation blocked. (SPF measures the blockage of UVB radiation only.)
Disclosure: Ex Officio provided Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) with a sample Halo Check Shirt for testing and review.