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Long gone are the days when tee shirts were discarded with the 8 a.m. sun, to be converted into fish rags. Those of us nostalgic for shirtless summer days no doubt have war stories from dermatology clinics around the state.

A new generation of anglers has grown up underthe expectation that clothing is part of the equipment. And that's a good thing. While exceptional sunscreen formulas are now available, covering up with a physical barrier is still regarded as the best way to minimize sun exposure and thereby ward off skin cancer. Hats, long pants, face masks, and sun gloves are in every angler's gear bag. And of course, no one starts the day without putting on a shirt.

This month, we look at a spectrum of shirt styles from a variety of makers, from lightweight poly tees to collared shirts suitable for wearing out to dinner at the end of the day.

--Jeff Weakley, Editor

Hook and Tackle Cool Breeze crew neck

Fabric rated UPF 50+. Cross-Channel technology wicks moisture from the skin. Radial sleeves for expansive arm movement and rear vent for breathable comfort. Available in 9 colors and sizes XS-XXL, and retails for $35. www.hookandtackle.com

Pelagic Eclipse Guide Shirt

Micro-TEK polyester, mechanical stretch, UV50+ sun protection. Sleeve buttons for easy roll up. Vented mesh panels, front Velcro and zipper pockets. Colors: Digital Camo--Grey, Digital Camo--Blue, Ice, Aqua, Yellow. MSRP $69-$79. www.pelagicgear.com

Mojo Sportswear Vented Wireman 4

Vented, breathable panels in contrasting colors. Poly ComfortWeave fabric is lightweight and offers UPF sun protection factor of 50-plus. Available in a variety of color patterns, in sizes XXS to 3XL. Price: $41.95. www.mojo-gear.com

Simms GT Tricomp LS)

Patterned, knit-activated stretch with quick-drying, rugged UPF50 nylon fabric, with Simms' COR3[TM] sun protection and Cool Control[TM] tech. Two zippered chest pockets, tool cord, sunglass chamois at the hem. Sizes: S--2XL. Colors: blue and grey. Price: $119.95. www.simmsfishing.com

Huk Performance Icon

Poly knit with moisture transport to keep you comfortable, with an added mesh vent at lower back, stain-resistant, anti-microbial finish, small amount of spandexfor ease of movement. Available in Carolina blue, royal blue, white, black and neon green, in sizes from S to XXXL. Suggested retail price $44.99. www.hukgear.com

AFTCO Fish Ninja 2

Lightweight, loose-fitting polyester longsleeve tee with flat-lock seams and articulated neck, head and face coverage. Stain-resistant to stay clean, and moisture-wicking to stay cool. Available in green or blue camo, in men's sizes S to XXXL. MSRP $70. www.aftco.com

Bimini Bay UPF50 Shirt

Traditional, work-casual collared button-down with polyester fabric and nylon mesh back venting. Two chest pockets with hook-and-loop closure, www.biminibayclothing.com

Breathe Like a Fish Long Sleeve Shirt

Polyester with breathable mesh on underside of arms and torso; also available with attached mask, and pocket at base of mesh on underside of shirt to hold a phone or other personal items. Moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, stain-resistant, UPF 50+, anti-static fabric. Prices range from $45.95-$59.95. www. breathelikeafish.com

Columbia PFG Airgill Chill Zero

Infused with Omni-Freeze Zero technology, the material reacts with sweat to lower the temperature of the fabric. Lightweight with built-in ventilation and Omni-Shade UPF 50 to protect against the sun. Available in a variety of colors. Price: $130. www.columbia.com

Coolibar Fishing Shirt

Tiny grid pattern lifts lightweight polyester fabric off the skin, allowing breathability and moisture wicking capability. Titanium dioxide woven through fabric provides enduring UPF 50+ protection. Features include cape back and underarm mesh, roll up sleeves with button tabs, chest pockets with Velcro closure, loop for sunglasses and more. Available in S-XXL, in Stone, Mesa Orange, Oyster Bay and Dusk Blue. Price $89.50. www.coolibar.com

ExOfficio Sol Cool Ultimate Hoody

Full coverage, with thumb loops and zip-up scuba-style hood to cover neck, ears and nose. Proprietary fabric uses Xylitol to cool the skin up to 5 degrees upon contact with moisture. It also provides UV protection with a UPF 50+ rating. Security zip pocket, and ventilation in the hood and under the arms. Sizes: S-2XL. It's available in Oyster, Cigar, and Malibu colors, and in a women's style. MSRP $78. www.exofficio.com

Howler Brothers Matagorda Tech Shirt

Quick-dry nylon-poly blend with roll-up sleeve tab at upper arm, vented back yoke, hidden front pocket and sunglass-cleaning microfiber at hem. Sizes: Men's S-XXL. Colors: Morrison Plaid: Apollo Blue, Sadler Plaid: Blueline, Sadler Plaid: Greenline. MSRP $85. www.howlerbros.com

Mountain Khakis Skiff Shirt

Performance nylon/spandex blend fabric is quick drying with UPF 30+ sun protection and a touch of stretch. Vented back, armholes, and center front. Two oversized chest pockets with button closures. Additional features include roll-tab sleeves and a unique flip-n-snap collar for sun protection on the neck. Available in sizes S-2XL, in Bahama Blue and Celery. MSRP $99.95. www.mountainkhakis.com

Orvis Long Sleeve Fishing Shirt

Patented Drirelease poly/cotton blend is soft and light, and dries four times faster than cotton and wicks moisture from your skin so it evaporates fast to leave you dry and cool on hot or humid days. Contrast stitching at cuffs, hem, arm holes and neck. Slightly slimmer fit, tailored for active lifestyle. Sizes S-XXL, in six colors. Price $69. www.orvis.com

Patagonia Sun Stretch Shirt

Ultralight, quick-drying 2.25-oz. nylon/polyester blend with mechanical stretch and UPF 30 sun protection. Vertical-zip chest pockets. Designed specifically for fishing, but good for all warm-weather pursuits. MSRP $99. www.patagonia.com

Snikwah Original

Full-range head and upper body coverage in a patented, convertible neck shirt with UPF rating of 50+. Dri-Release wicking material helps move moisture away from the body, cooling in the process. Men's and women's sizes and a variety of colors (aqua, grey, orange, blue, red, white, yellow, and fish camo) retail for $59.99. www.snikwah.com

Under Armour ISO Chill Va Zip

Sun protection, moisture-wicking comfort, strategic ventilation, quick-dry anti-microbial nylon and stain resistance. Nylon Iso Chill fabric naturally cools against skin, and 30+ UPF protects from the sun's harmful rays. Loose fit. Price: $59.99. www.underarmour.com

Warbird Performance Signature Long Sleeve

Northwest Bahamas shirt features Matthew Shunk artwork printed with dye sublimation on polyester and spandex blend fabric with UPF 50+. Men's sizes ($44.99) from S-XXL, ladies' from XS to M. White, seafoam green and ocean blue colors available, www.warbirdfishinggear.com
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Title Annotation:IN THE KNOW: GEAR FOR THE SPORTSMAN
Author:Weakley, Jeff
Publication:Florida Sportsman
Date:Aug 1, 2015
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