Rated 3 out of 5 by ExcellentShopper the Emporor is naked
I bought this and the solid blue for a trip to Costa Rica this month(August) I had to buy regular large because they do not come in petite. Comfortable fit. Sun screen worked as well as my llbean sun screen shirts. It was very hot and very humid in the rain forests and there was no detectable cooling effect. I will see how they wash in machine before I decide to keep them. They washed well by hand with ordinary soap and did dry faster than most of the items I hand washed. I will probably return the red plaid that my husband used for the same reason.
August 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by BeanShopped Light and cool
I really like the color of blue/gray/brown. It is so light and breezy, not see through. It comes out of the dryer wrinkly because of the seersucker fabric.
July 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OnlineTchr Poor selection
Please note that this is not a dress shirt. If wrinkles bother you, you won't like it. Even if I iron this shirt, it will show mild wrinkles all the time. However, I love it. Size and shape is perfect. That's why I'm disappointed in the really poor selection Beans is offering to women. I would be ordering more and would wear these every day when I garden and in my volunteer work, but the colors are so boring and you run out of Large quickly. I wish Beans did not eliminate products so quickly. It is late spring now; I wish you had a lot of these shirts in good solid colors (you just have blue and black now) and sizes!
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AmandaFlorida Great shirt for warm temps
Very comfortable. Long sleeves fit well. I am 6' tall ~145 pounds - the medium fits great. I work outdoors in Florida and these are my new favorite shirts!
April 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jessicamac09 Functional and cute
I have tested this shirt in a hot, humid, Central American rainforest, and it performs well. I'm normally a small petite (or XS in some LL Bean items, which I think is due to "vanity sizing"), and the small fits well -- loose like a breathable, quick-dry shirt ought to be. I have not noticed the tightness in the shoulders others mentioned, but maybe other people are choosing their sizes for figure-flattery rather than comfort. The lapis color (purple and light blue plaid) is very pretty.
April 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by 57Scout Cool Weave Shirt Keeps Its Wrinkles
I like the built-in cooling feature of the jade powder. The Peak Blue is a lovely color. Just back from a sailing trip and the lightweight nylon fabric did wick moisture well. Found the roll-tab sleeves cumbersome; prefer a simple tab and button without needing to thread through a loop. Loved the extended roll collar which shielded the sun and wind. Would be hesitant to recommend or buy another because it is not wash and wear for travel... it is NOT a wrinkle-free (or even wrinkle-resistant) material and it looks unkempt.
July 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by BeansRegular Great new Outdoor Shirt
After reading the reviews, I purchased up one size from my usual XS (which can still fit somewhat generously on me) to an S. The S is too large all over, except for the shoulders, but I have large shoulders from years of weight-trainng and rock climbing. I will keep that one because it is in the coral color that has since sold out, but I have ordered the other 2 colors in size XS. I do not forsee any problems with tightness across the back as this one had quite a bit of material in the back.
As for the technical features, I did find the shirt to feel soft and very much like a well-washed and well-worn seersucker shirt. The style is very outdoor-casual anyway, so the crinkly textured, but very soft, material does not look inappropriate. I would not wear this shirt under a crewneck sweater, as the look would not work well. The polyester nylon fabric did breathe well for me--tested in the recent 90+ weather we have had in PA, and also feels soft to the touch (and there are many fabrics that annoy my skin enough that I cannot wear them). It did stay just away from my skin, and never felt sticky or heavy. I rarely can wear a long sleeve shirt (even with vents) on hot days, but I can wear this one with comfort and without completely wilting, so there must be something to this jade fabric and its cooling factor.
The other great features like the fold up sun collar, the large back vent and the hidden right seam back pocket (below pack straps) all add more to the versatility and practicality of this shirt. I love the quick access to the generous right seam pocket for things that I always carry like keys, chap stick, and tissues.
I do prefer snaps to buttons on outdoor shirts, as they are easier to do up when hands get a bit grimy, but these buttons do work well. The princess seams in front give the shirt a more feminine look, especially since 2 of the colors are the same as in the men's version of this shirt.
All in all, I do feel like the features and fabric of this shirt make it very useful for an outdoor person like myself. I did notice that there was no added SPF, but I can wash that in with the simple products they have available in some stores. I would like to see that added to future models of the shirt. I would also like to possibly have two side seam back pockets (one on each side), as I never seem to have enough pockets. A small zipper chest pocket in addition would be useful, since tucking in this shirt removes access to the bottom pocket. A slightly more generous shoulder width, without making the whole body of the shirt wider, would also be very helpful as noted by several of the other reviewers. I would also like to see other plaids in more earthy outdoor colors, not the same as the tropicwear pastels though.
I am overall very happy with this shirt, but would find the above mentioned tweaks worthy of that last star. I still went ahead and purchased the other 2 colors, so none of these issues are real deal breakers.
July 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Pipa Love the shirt but always looks a little wrinkled
Great price for a great technical shirt. Really does keep me cool. Nice details with the hidden stash pocket, extended collar and back vent. The picture gives you a true view of what it is like after washing and ironing. It always looks just a little wrinkled, which definitely keeps this shirt in the "very casual wear" category. I usually wear a size petite, so I had to hem this shirt up, which is not unexpected. The shirt was very well made, so it was easy to take up and keep the side vents when hemming. Shirt also looks nice wearing open, with a white shell underneath. Thanks again LLBean for another super product!
June 13, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by NowandZen Looks cute, but feels crinkly
Iam usually very happy with my many purchases from LL Bean, but apparently I did not read the label on this one as it is made of 50% polyester and 50% nylon. Although it looks cute, it feels very crinkly and crunchy and makes me hot because it does not breathe. Almost like wearing a plastic shirt. Will be returning.
Too bad. Will stick with cotton.
May 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by FlyerUH60 Cool and comfortable
I found this shirt to be very comfortable and kept me cool (or as cool as you can feel in hot and humid weather) when I was hiking in 90 degree humid weather. It wicks moisture well, I felt dry even though I was sweating. I usually wear a large in LL Bean shirts and this fit me well except for two issues. As other reviewers commented, I found it a bit tight around the shoulders when I had to lift something over my head or putting on my backpack, but I found this a minor issue even with my broad shoulders. The other issue is that I wish the length of the shirt was a bit longer. If I tuck the shirt in, I constantly find the shirt coming "untucked" especially if I bend over or reach for something. I have the same issue with the tropicwear shirt so, it could just be me and the way I am built. My only suggestion would be for LL Bean to add UPF protection from UV rays like the tropicwear shirt has. Washes well, no wrinkles, and air dries very quickly.
May 24, 2013