Now when it comes to hiking clothes I stick to thrift stores, inexpensive and comfy boom! Heck I even got my puffy jacket at Burlington Coat Factory (it’s great and 1/4 the price outdoor name brands) I don’t cut corners on my base layer because cold is not fun, nope! Typically when I find something that works I wear it til it falls apart. Thus my current shirt situation.
On my first thru hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, I was gifted a Tan Short Sleeve Columbia Titanium Shirt from a friend (thanks Marsha!). Since I was on a limited budget most of my clothing came from thrift stores….except that shirt.
Let me just say that was a great gift! It fit great even with my pack on. I could wear an under layer with it or just my sports bra. It didn’t gather and vented enough to keep me cool.(It was a cute tan color too, just cuz your in the woods is no reason not to look good.) It was something I never would have bought myself, but it was awesome. After the trail I headed to Burning Man, I wore the shirt on the road trip. At the Burn I burned my shoes from the trail (but not that shirt).
See being on the trail carrying all your possessions you get attached to things. That shirt not only had a great front pocket for carrying my cell phone and maps, it carried memories. So with all that emotional attachment (don’t judge) I decided to wear it the next year on my hike of the Appalachian Trail! I made it all the way to Massachusetts in that shirt. Long story short I still have that shirt!
Here’s the thing though, I have another long trail coming up. At this point that shirt could probably walk the trail on it’s own! I tried to convince myself it could make it, one more time….but no. I searched Columbia’s site find this shirt but to no avail. So naturally I wrote to them hoping they had one in a back room or something.
They responded with this could be the shirt you’re looking for:
Yes! So good news they still make it…..bad news is, no tan. So black or blue I guess. It’s a bit out of my usual price range….but I’m pretty sure I’ll get my moneys worth out of it. Now blue or black….this may change my whole color scheme! or not.