There are so many new options I thought it would be nice to have a 2021 sun shirt review. Below are my thoughts on the handful of brands I’ve tried. I’d love to hear about your experience as I know everyone has different perspectives and priorities with riding apparel.
Kastel - 9/10. I love the ultra light-weight fabric. The sleeves are nice and long. They wash well. In the hottest of hot weather they can feel a little clingy. -1 for price.
Dover Coolblast (solid) - 7/10. I find they run a touch slimmer than expected. Sleeves were on the verge of too short. The fabric is soft but not quite as silky as Kastel. Washes well.
Dover Stride - 7.5/10. Slightly longer sleeves and better cut than the coolblast.
Dover (Polkadot) - 6/10. The fabric is very different than the solid and almost feels cottony. Hotter than the two above.
Ariat - 8/10. Stiffer fabric. I love the cut through the shoulder - very flattering. Slightly boxier. Favorite option in high heat + humidity because it doesn’t cling. Can look a bit billowy tucked in.
Horze - 4/10. Feels cheap compared to the others. Heavier fabric. Does not breathe well. Prone to getting pulls. The zipper is low quality.
Brands I’d love to hear about: Noble Outfitter, Chestnut Bay, SanSoleil, Kerrits, Treadstep, LeMieux, Lettia, Tailored Sportsman, Noble Equestrian
Are there other options I’m missing?