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Apparel Review

Sunday Afternoons Provides UV Protection and Comfort with their Classic Island Breeze Shirt

Date: 3/02/10
Tackle type: Apparel
Manufacturer: Sunday Afternoons
Reviewer: JIP

Total Score: 9.0 - EDITORS CHOICE!

Introduction: No matter what season youíre fishing, protecting yourself against the mighty UV rays of the sun should be a high priority as skin cancer can develop after too much exposure. Sunday Afternoons have been taking care of anglers and outdoorsmen since 1990 and continue to do so with apparel that offers high UPF ratings including their new Island Breeze Shirt.

Sunday Afternoons Island Breeze Shirt Specifications

Style Classic Long Sleeve
UV Protection UPF 40+
Material 100% Micro-Polyester Fabric
Colors Bluestone, White Shell, Linen, Pebble
Sizes Men's S, M, L, XL, and XXL
Additional Features Back and Under-arm mesh vents, single chest buttoned pocket, Sleeve tabs for short sleeve, Wash and Wear, Wrinkle free, Wicking and Anti-Microbial fabric
MSRP $60.00


Impressions: It has been too many years since Iíve reviewed a product from Sunday Afternoons. In fact, the last product reviewed was their Adventure Hat (August 2003), which I still use on every trip, so I thought it was time I look into other products they offer to provide us anglers with better sun protection.


The Sunday Afternoons Island Breeze CLASSIC STYLED shirt


Sunday Afternoons, established in 1990, designs UV protective apparel and focuses on this type of product specifically. One such product that impressed me when I first saw it is the Island Breeze shirt. This button-down shirt is simple yet stylish and you can wear it before, during, and after fishing. The shirt has a single button pocket and sleeve tabs to convert from long to short sleeve when needed. Mesh vents are in critical areas to provide proper ventilation and the 100% Micro-Polyester fabric feels soft and comfortable during initial inspection.


A single pocket buttoned classic styling, making this shirt good for fishing and other occasions

Field Tests: Iíve had the Sunday Afternoons Island Breeze shirt for over two years now. Iíve worn it to El Salto, Mexico in July, El Novillo, Mexico in March where we experienced 100 degree days, and through many more Summer record heat days here in California fishing for bass, striped bass, rockfish, and even albacore tuna.


A closer look at the mesh vents


Comfort: The Island Breeze is excellent in this category. The fabric, made from 100% micro-polyester, is lightweight and feels silky soft to the skin when wearing just the shirt alone, and in all temperatures. The micro-polyester material is also wicking so sweat wonít stay on your skin for long. I had days in Mexico where I was sweating from head to toe, yet thanks to the shirt, I still felt dry and comfortable fishing all day long.


Under-arm mesh vents provide excellent ventilation. It also runs past the armpits and down a little


Not only does the fabric feel comfortable, itís also in the design of the shirt itself beginning with the correct cut and fit. The Sunday Afternoons shirt is cut generously and is loose all around yet is designed to fit correctly without feeling baggy.


Back vents on the Island Breeze


Loose, soft and lightweight material makes the Island Breeze an ideal shirt for anglers to wear during the Summer months. But an outdoors shirt isnít complete without ventilation. Sunday Afternoons makes copious use of mesh underneath the arms and back for effective ventilation for maximum comfort. The mesh in the underarm area runs from the armpit to an inch above the cuff. 


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