Date: 04 September 2020
I recently went out to Milorho Lodge to explore the area with my 11 year old son Aobakwe, and my First Ascent Luxor Shirt, and wow!
The shirt felt so luxurious on my skin and kept me cool at all times. It was hot outside, the sun blazing, and the breeze was hot on my face but certainly not my body, the shirt felt magical as the breeze on my skin under the shirt felt suddenly cool and I was not in desperate need of shade. This is my best wearable item after my hiking skirt as they complement each other so well.
On the trail, I didn't have to walk around unpicking irritating blackjacks on my shirt 100 points for that! Later on, we got to the rock pools and yes of course, I did the hikers ritual and dunked myself in - hikers will know what I mean. I thought to test the “quick-dry” material so I didn't bring my usual small quick dry towel and was amazed at how quickly the shirt dried up after getting back on the trail for just a few minutes. Aobakwe was so jealous and put some pressure on me when he asked when am I buying him his own.
Most people who've seen me hike would probably have seen that I carry a little black sling bag that carries my phone and lip balm. Excitingly this time the bag was not necessary as the shirt has a zip-secured chest pocket that I used and was great for quick access to my phone to take amazing pictures and grab my lip balm to quickly nourish my lips.
Another awesome feature on the shirt is the triple fold out collar for additional sun protection. I'm such a buff collector and I know most hikers are too. I'm not trying to put buff manufacturers out of business here, but I didn't have to bring and wear any of my buffs this time. The collar protected my neck from the sun and one can fold and unfold the Velcro at the back of the neck to desired length for extra protection or cooling. I usually go for round collar tees because any collar outdoor shirts have left me scratching my neck from irritation. But not this one, it was smooth around my neck.
Overall, such an amazing and necessary item to have, especially for multi-day hiking when I can take two of these for a 6 days or more and change between the two. I own two Luxor shirts, the long sleeve and short sleeve. The long sleeve provides the same awesome comfort and I'll be honest and say with an additional benefit of protecting my arms from sunburn and didn't have to wear additional arm sleeves. Stunning, luxurious, feel-good wear I'd recommend for a day out on the trail, a relaxed day in the garden or just out and about doing what I also love doing being an avid South African tourist and exploring SA.
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