The Travel Shirt that Keeps You Cool


When you travel, luggage space is at a premium, so pack versatile pieces. We love Columbia's Global Adventure Zero Polo, which looks sharp in the airport or on a fishing charter and features some cutting edge technology to keep you comfortable. The stretchy cotton/poly blend fabric sports a 50 UPF rating to combat the strongest sunlight, stretches nicely for for swinging a golf club, hiking (or even a run), and doesn't wrinkle even after being crammed into your duffel.


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It's also imbued with Columbia's Omni Freeze technology, which uses your own perspiration to help cool you down. Thousands of millimeter-wide polymer circles are imbedded into the fabric. Get them wet and they expand to absorb the moisture, a mechanical process that also pulls in a little of your body's heat.

The company claims it can reduce the temperature of the fabric by as much as 10 degrees. We agree that it works – you can feel a cool tingle when the fabric dampens. In cooler weather? No problem, the plush fabric insulates better than pure cotton polos. [$55;]

Field Notes
Days Tested: 9
Area Used: Kingdom of Jordan, Everglades, Florida
Activities: Travel, hiking
Conditions Encountered: temps in the 90s.

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