I’m a sucker for technical shirts. You know what I mean, the ones made for fishing, with all sorts of pockets and gadgets. I need that rod loop, those big pockets, and preferably an additional hidden pocket to keep everything secure.
I wear such a shirt every day that I’m not in a client’s office or speaking to a group of bankers. Long sleeve, or short sleeve, depending on the season. They are great around the house . . . I always have a project going, and need a pocket for those screws I just took out of the back of that appliance. A proper shirt will help me with organization . . . I’m always awash in a sea of LSP’s (little slips of paper). I can put notes to myself in one pocket, receipts from the other, then empty my shirt onto my desk and get organized! And Dad always needs a place to “hold this” so I try to never disappoint.
Such shirts are perfect for travel, too. A place for my cell phone, tickets (if I have paper ones,) ear buds, a phone charger, and more LSP’s related to my travel. I seem to accumulate things. I also do a lot of “catch up” reading on the plane, so I’m often tearing out articles or entire pages of ideas I want to keep. Need pockets for those.
And of course, the intended use . . . in the field. Especially fishing, when I needs lots of places to keep things. A fly box, a camera, assorted handy items, even a spare reel, depending on how light I am traveling that particular day. Full cut arms for casting or wingshooting, and ventilation.
Recently, a new shirt manufacturer popped up in my social media feed, and I decided to try one of their shirts . . . I ordered the sea foam green as that is not a color I currently have. The shirt came, and I immediately liked it. The material is light weight, comfortable, and includes sun protection. There are two large chest pockets, plus a zippered pocket behind the left one. And a sturdy rod loop.
I chose this shirt for a recent float on the White River, along the Beaver Dam tailwater. The shoulder/sleeve area provides a full range of motion. The shirt looks great, and feels even better. I found the pockets easy to get into, yet I felt that my cell phone was secure until I intentionally reached for it. The zippered pocket is also solid, with a top down action that keeps things from falling out.
When you are looking for your next field shirt, please give Habit Outdoors a try. You can find them on the web at www.habitoutdoors.com