In warm climates, it’s tempting to wear tanks or shirts with short sleeves when you’re out on the water or on the trail. Even if you’re wearing sunscreen, later in the day, you may realize that you got just a little too much sun. But long-sleeved shirts aren’t always cooling.


That’s why I bring a Patagonia Women’s Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Hoody on many of my warm-climate trips. Lately, it’s been especially handy on diving trips, when I have to spend downtime on the boat between dives.


The shirt is made with 100-percent polyester (50 percent of which is recycled) jersey with miDori bioSoft for added wicking and a soft feel. The fabric is certified as bluesign approved. It’s truly one of the softest items in my suitcase. HeiQ odor-control finish means you can wear the shirt a few times before your nose (or someone else) notices.


The lightweight stretch fabric moves with you comfortably, no matter your adventures on land or water, and minimal stitching and seams help reduce chafing when you’re active. Set-in sleeve construction benefits your freedom of movement, and a deep hood provides additional coverage from the sun. The shirt is quick drying, which I’ve especially appreciated. I’ll toss it on over my swimsuit, and before long, the shirt is dry again. That means I can use it again after the next dive of the day.


The hoody is Fair Trade Certified sewn, which means that the people who made it earned a premium for their hard labor.


The Women’s Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Hoody comes in a variety of styles, from skyline stencil in feather gray to mystic mountain in steam blue X-dye, agave in iggy blue to ’73 skyline in sedge green X-dye… and more. Rates range from $33.99 (on sale) to $69 on the Patagonia site.

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