Whether at home or on the road, the Diablo short sleeve shirt will keep things cool and in style.
At the heart of the Royal Robbins, Diablo shirt is a uniquely blended fabric that is both quick-drying and wrinkle-free. A blend of Polyester and Sonora fiber (made with renewable plant-based ingredients) produces a fabric that is strong and stretches but holds its shape well. To increase ventilation, the sides, back and sleeves of the shirts consist of fabric that has been perforated. While the perforations appear to be nothing more than a subtle pattern, holding the shirt up to the light reveals that the shirt is practically see-through. This feature allows air to flow through the garment, cooling the body. A straight hem with side vents allows to shirt to be worn out for a breezy casual look. The Diablo shirts’ vertically zippered chest pocket and contrasting stitching complete the look.
Testing of the light blue Diablo short sleeve shirt took place during a month-long trip to Australia. The author prefers to travel light when on the road, so taking this shirt was a no-brainer. The fit was correct for the size and the subtle blue color worked well with a variety of pants and shorts. After sitting on a plane for 12 hours from Hawaii to Sydney the shirt did not even have a wrinkle. The quick- dry ability was put to the test during some quick rain showers and overnight washings. Whether worn on treks in the bush, on the beach or out to dinner it not only performed well but looked appropriate. During some dramatically hot days, when the temperature soared well above 100 degrees, the ventilation was put to the test. As long as there was the slightest breeze or the author kept on the move, the ventilated fabric did a good job of keeping things sweat-free. The perforated back also worked well when wearing a day-pack, allowing perspiration to escape. The UV 20 protection provided an extra layer of sun protection, so important in Australia, where the sun is intense. The Diablo shirt stood up well to the rigors of travel, coming home still looking like new and ready for more adventures.
The Royal Robbins Diablo short sleeve shirt kept the author cool and comfortable during a great deal of very hot weather travel while still looking stylish. The shirt worked well during a wide range of outdoor activities.
- Size – Small – XXL
- Color – Canteen green, Steel Blue
- Cost – $58.00
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Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.