Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Review: Haglofs Salo III LS Shirt

- Product provided for the purpose of review, thanks to outdoorkit.co.uk -
A long sleeved, lightweight shirt for general outdoor use. Made with a quick drying combination of Polyamide and Elastene, Climatic is a durable fabric with a little bit of stretch for comfort.

Manufacturer's Description:
  • "Tough yet lightweight, fully featured shirt made with bluesign nylon stretch fabric with quick drying time."
  • Fabric: 93% Polyamide 7% elastane
  • Mesh lined rear vents across upper part
  • Ventilation holes under arms
  • Offset shoulder and side seams for less chafing
  • Two chest pockets
  • One zippered chest pocket
  • Sleeve roll up straps and buttoned cuffs
  • Classic two piece stand up collar

Feature Breakdown:

To me, this shirt comes across as a trekking shirt, designed for trips away over a couple of nights with plenty of features which help for high intensity periods and others which are convenient all the time. The fabric, known as Climatic is a fast drying but durable material which should be able to handle sweat, rain, wind and sunshine as well as being bashed around while out and about. The mesh panel on the back and ventilation holes in the armpit help with high intensity periods where heat output will grow, they allow more air to circulate keeping the space between body and shirt fresher and less moist. Three buttoned pockets and 1 zipped pocket keep items close to hand and safe. Comfort features include offset seams, sleeve roll up straps and stand up collar, all are subtle features but noticeable when out on the hill. 

Field Testing:

Comfortable on the skin, light and a good cut, it's immediately apparent that the Salo is a quality, well thought-out product. 

Armpit ventilation.

In the sun the shirt kept me cool with all the ventilation, a refreshing breeze through the back and armpits is great when the sun is beating down, the features work well - I'm not sure if the armpit holes would stand up to the job on their own but I feel they contribute when partnered with the back mesh panel. The shirt is almost like a high-wicking baselayer in its ability to remove moisture build up, the lightness partnered with the ventilation features meant it was hard to feel uncomfortable in the Salo.

Sleeve pocket and strap.

The pockets work well, it's hard to fit much more than a compass or phone into any of the pockets and anything bulkier would be uncomfortable anyway. They're a handy edition to the shirt definitely. The comfort features are all noticeable when thought about, there's no chaffing on the inside of the sleeve or side of the shirt, for the warmer months the sleeve roll up straps are brilliant and make this a really versatile piece of clothing. 

Quality stitching all round.

Build quality is great, there's no loose stitching after a bit of use and abuse, a sign of the longevity in this product. The fit and cut of the shirt is pleasant, longer than a t-shirt, it covers the bum nicely with plenty of material available to get tucked into trousers but not too much that it's a problem if you don't. 

Long-Term Use:

As we move into summer, the Salo III continues to impress. With the shirt sleeves rolled up it's pleasant as a stand alone piece in the sunshine and when the rain does move in the quick drying fabric handles it with ease, I've been out in some heavy rains and the shirt is yet to become saturated. 

The quality of the product is still there after lots of use, there's no sign of wear and tear or any faults I can see.

I'd definitely recommend the Haglofs Salo III to friend.


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