Long-haul outdoor travellers need clothing made for “the road” – functional but not at the expense of comfort, easy to wash in a sink or a river in the evening, quick-drying, and wrinkle-resistant. They need versatility, eg., a long-sleeve shirt that rolls up into a short-sleeve with the use of hidden button-tabs. Breathability and stretchability are big pluses too. You can find these trek-ready attributes and more in Tilley garments, in particular the Urban Safari Shirt – and they’re Canadian-made to boot.
ML gear tester Jane Potter recently took an Urban Safari Shirt on bona fide safaris in Botswana and South Africa.
The Urban Safari Shirt is certified Good to Very Good in UV protection, depending on colour (white is UPF 15, while pink and khaki rate UPF 25). The 83% cotton and 17% polyester blend hits an optimum sweet spot, delivering both comfort and performance – particularly for those who don’t like the feeling of 100% poly against skin.
The ample foldable collar allows sun protection when needed as well as a place for your camera strap to rest. The shirt’s stretchy side panels, and the bar-tacks on all stress points, add finesse and durability. And the style is balanced just right: classic, almost retro – a hint of British Colonial Explorer – but not too formal. You could be nursing a gin and tonic at a snooty country club, scrambling up the Atlas Mountains, or photographing an elephant in Botswana and look the part in each place.
Full Tilley lineup here.