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The Go-To Sun Protection Garment for Hot Weather - Aftco's Samurai 2 Hooded Shirt (continued)


One of the biggest benefits of the hoodie versus a traditional shirt is the ability to flip the hood up on really sunny days, helping shield your neck and head from the heat and UV rays. I found that the Sam2 hoodie design provided excellent protection but was so light that it often flapped around in the wind or came down over the front of my head. The answer is simply donning a cap with a bill, and when you combine the hoodie with a cap it rests on the lid perfectly, even when casting and fighting fish.


While the shirt it great for fishing it is also excellent for general use when enjoying the outdoors

There isnít much structure to this shirt so it feels light when making quick movements, and casting in this hoodie is comfortable as there is nothing that impedes motion. The additional stretch provided by the use of spandex is definitely noticeable.


I really appreciated the short when hiking in Kauai

Price & Applications: The Aftco Samurai 2 Hoodie retails for $38.99, which actually is a dollar cheaper than the original, and is very reasonably priced for a technical garment of this quality. I found that the materials used throughout the garment, as well as the construction, to be excellent overall.


Fish slime? No problem. The shirt resists stains and odor very well


This garment was so comfortable while fishing I expanded the usage far beyond boat duty, and have used it for shore fishing, hiking, and off-roading in the warmer and more humid environments. These shirts are exceptionally breathable, and I love how light they feel, and even when you are sweating during a hike or on a long day fishing the Sam2 never clings, and dries very quickly.


The Samurai 2 is ideal for warm and humid conditions and breathes easily and dries quickly


Throughout a season of use the Aftco Same shirts have held up very well, and even though I've had a few snags with hooks the shorts haven't opened up, or become more damaged over many washes. The surface of the garments also resists stains well, and fish slime and blood wash away easily.


I have employed the shirt in muddy environments, off-roading, and it has kept me comfortable, protected, and cleaned up well


Compared with competing technical fishing shirts from Columbia, HUK, Simms, Under Armor, and Salty Crew the Aftco Sam2 is actually on the more affordable side of the spectrum, with most competing hooded sunshirts retailing from $40 all the way up to $75 dollars.


The sleeves roll up quickly when you need to dip your hands or release fish thanks to the stretchable fabric


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)

Aftco Samurai 2 Sun Protection Hooded Shirt Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very nicely constructed shirt that makes use of technical materials to improve breath-ability, durability, and comfort 9
Performance Great for fishing in warm weather and general use enjoying the outdoors wherever and whenever it is hot outside. The stain protection and odor fighting features work as advertised 9.5
Price This is one of the most reasonably priced sun-protective shirts on the market 9.5
Features UPF 50 sun protection, moisture wicking fabric, antimicrobial treatment, and stain resistance... this shirt delivers in all the areas that warm water anglers need. Some anglers may want more style, more aggressive patterns like camo, rather than the more traditional grey, blue, and green options that the short is offered in 8.5
Design (Ergonomics) The cut is true to size. I am 5'10 with an average build and the medium fit well for me. Overall I loved the way the shirt felt and the excellent mobility that it offered. This garment is best suited for warm weather environments and colder conditions require layering or a garment with insulation 8.5
Application Versatile enough to be worn outside of just fishing 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Excellent materials, clean construction - Modern fit is great but keep in mind it is very true to size when ordering
+ UPF 50 protection - Best suited for fishing in warm weather
+ Modern cut, great ergonomics - Color options are all pretty traditional. No camo patterns.
+ Breathes nicely, Dries quickly  
+ Stain resistance, Antimicrobial features for odor control  
+ Great price, Great value  


Conclusion: The Aftco Samurai 2 garments look and feel like technical garments more than lifestyle apparel, and are purpose built for anglers that are looking for sun protection, excellent range of motion, and breathability when fishing, or simply enjoying the outdoors, in hot and humid conditions. If you are fishing in cooler weather this hooded shirt can serve as a base-layer but for the most part it really is best suited for warmer activities outdoors.


The Samurai 2 is reasonably priced and checks off all the boxes when it comes to sun protection, comfort, breathability, and reliability and is now my go-to hooded shirt for bass fishing


I find myself gravitating more towards Aftco and Simms garments nowadays when it comes to sun protection, as both brands seem to deliver the technical features, all-day comfort, and protection. When it comes to hooded shirts the Aftco Samurai 2 currently resides at the very top of the list for me, and has become my go-to shirt for fishing in warm weather, and also why you see me sporting this particular garment in so many other gear reviews.  


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