If you know anything about Montenegro in summer, you know it's hot.
Like 40 C / 100 F hot.
While I'm lucky enough to work from home in air-conditioned comfort and wander down to the beach when I like, my husband Savo, is not. Savo works with yachts and spends a good part of his day outside in the heat.
That's why we're always searching for the best shirts for summer heat. His shirts must be:
Savo's always liked the Columbia Bahama II PFG fishing shirts because they fulfill all of these criteria. They come in long sleeved and short sleeved versions and it's easy to just throw a vest over one and you've instantly got a winter outfit.
So this year I wanted to get him something different, because he already has 5 of the PFG shirts! Since we already knew Columbia's shirts were good in this intense heat, I headed over there and came across the Columbia Omni Freeze Zero Rules Polo shirt.
The first thing that struck me was that they look smart. I was a bit skeptical about Columbia's Omni Freeze technology, but since Savo loves the PFG shirts in the heat, in theory these shirts should be even better. They promise:
So I decided to give it a shot and ordered one. At US$40 each, they're not the cheapest t-shirts around but I figured it would be worth it if they lived up to the hype.
Savo usually wears an M in the PFG shirts, but since they're a relaxed fit and the polo is a slimmer fit, I got him an XL.
Then I crossed my fingers and waited!
First of all I was impressed with how good it looks. I ordered the carbon heather colour and the fabric is really nice. It has a slight sheen to it and you can tell it's good quality.
I was worried about whether it really would be cool to wear because the knit is tight and it doesn't look very breathable. Also my experience with polyester and hot weather is:
But the real test would be on a typical summer work day.
I was right and an XL is the perfect fit. Make sure you check the size guide before ordering because an M in one Columbia model won't necessarily mean you're an M in all of their tops.
The polo is nice and stretchy so it's comfortable enough to move around in. And it clings nicely to those biceps that got my attention all those years ago ;).
The short answer here is yes!
Savo was amazed how comfortable and cool it was to wear in the summer heat. As promised, it's even cooler than the PFG shirts.
In fact it's become his new favourite and I've got another on the way. This polo has replaced the Henry Lloyd polos that he was wearing until now.
The Omni-wick fabric keeps him feeling comfortable and dry in the heat too. Rather than his shirt soaking through, it always feels dry.
We keep trying to think of some fault with the Columbia Zero Rules polo shirt, but this shirt just keeps on performing. It looks good after repeated washings, cools effectively, is very comfortable. In short, it's the best shirt for hot weather we've found... so far...
There are 8 colour options in the standard polo - definitely a colour to suit everyone! You can also get marbled grey and marbled blue. We got the marbled blue (carbon heather).
We're so impressed with this t-shirt, we were happy to see Columbia has more in the range. There's a wide range of long and short sleeved tops, sportswear, everyday wear and accessories.
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