By Jenn K.
The manufacturer provided this garment for this purpose of this review.
The Craghoppers National Geographic Noslife Adventure Long Sleeved Shirt arrived in a women’s size 12 and the color sea salt (light beige). I will say that I am very impressed with the initial appearance of this shirt. The shirt screams of quality from the fabric, looks stylish, and looks to be made well. I found that the shirt runs on the small side particularly in the arm and shoulder region. I used the size chart on the website for the initial sizing and found that I needed to go up a size for comfort. I find it challenging to properly size for a top when I am not able to try it on, especially those garments that are numerically sized. What is great about this shirt is the functionality to be worn outdoors and the versatility to be worn around town as well.
National Geographic partnered with Craghoppers “to outfit active customers in North America while supporting the health and diversity of our planet’ (per product tag). There is a link to sign-up for member benefits at National Geographic that I will have to check out. I noticed on the Craghoppers website that not all the garments have an affiliation with National Geographic, only a select few.
This shirt is designed by Craghoppers as an adventure shirt with Insect Shield (insect-repellent for long-lasting insect protection) and NosiDefence which is a fabric that is specially constructed with fibers that are tightly woven to serve an insect barrier to biting insects, but also breathability is not compromised in the garment. The fabric of the shirt was treated by the manufacturer with Permethrin 0.52% and is designed to last for 70 washes. There is a special warning on the hang-tag regarding the disposal of the shirt and care of the garment (no dry-cleaning, do not re-treat, and wash separately from non-treated garments). The Permethrin provides invisible, odorless protection against bugs (ants, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, etc.) that is embedded in the clothing and not applied to the skin.
This shirt has also has a sun protection feature (called SolarShield) with a rating of UPF 50+. This is a permanent protective fabric that is tested for UV and sun protection. The fabric is made with a specific density, a special year blend, and color options to provide this protection. Some other features of the shirt include (per the manufacturer) moisture control, lightweight, wash and wear functionality (no ironing), a hidden zipper pocket to store valuables, SolarShield and cooling collar (flip-up collar for sun protection and wicking mesh in the collar), vented back (mesh panel), drying loops, roll-up sleeves, and a sunglass wipe.
I like the idea of a long-sleeved shirt that is light weight and has adequate ventilation. I am excited to try the Nat Geographic NoslifeAdventure Long Sleeved Shirt for day-hikes and for overnight trips as I am able (overnight trips may be after the test period-due to time constraints). Currently the day-time highs are 70-80 degrees where I live and enjoy the outdoors. I tend to perspire quickly with physical exertion and overheat quickly and I need a garment that has cooling properties and can wick moisture. I am curious to see if the vented back, the cooling collar, and the fabric weave allows for adequate ventilation. Also, I am curious to see if the insect protection properties of this shirt work as advertised by the manufacturer.
I like clothing that can easily be cared for and I am curious to see if this garment is truly wash and wear with the specialty fabric it is constructed of. I am frequently cleaning my sunglasses or eyeglasses on the trail, hopefully, the sunglass wipe will come in handy.
Over the next month I will be trying this shirt out on day-hikes and hopefully I will be able to check out all the features this shirt has to offer. Check back in a month or an update.
Please visit www.craghoppers.com for more information. The shirt retails for $85.00 and is available in the colors apple tang, limeade, soft moss and mushroom.