The Sage Guide shirt may be designed with anglers in mind, but it's also perfect to wear around town. In fact, I bought it specifically for that—casual wear in the FL heat. For me, shirts like these are normally a bit too nice to fish in, but it certainly has what it takes to be both comfortable and protective when out on the water. So, what kinds of features did Sage design into this garment?
The fabric is soft, thin, lightweight, and is anti-microbial as well as moisture-wicking. On top of that, you'll be protected by its UPF 50 rating. Sage has built-in what they call "Pure Cool" fabric technology to regulate body temperature. In the hot sun the Sage Guide shirt indeed feels light and airy and breathes well thanks to both the fabric and button-up design. Other notable features are hidden zippered chest pockets on both sides that will easily hold small fly boxes or other doodads, performance seams, uniquely-designed cuffs for increased hand protection, a small chest logo, and articulated sleeves.
This is a great shirt to wear because it's downright comfortable and built very well. Range-of-motion is indeed excellent, and I don't feel confined or restricted moving about wearing my size M shirt in the Lagoon color. The arms sport a bit of extra roominess while each wrist cuff features three buttons so they can be adjusted for individual comfort. All the stitching and seams are both tight and clean, with no quality control mishaps to be found.
The Sage Guide shirt comes in 3 color schemes and sizes M–XXL. At a price of $80 it doesn't come cheap, but it's a top-quality shirt that earned the Best Men's Apparel Award at the 2015 IFTD show. Whether you wear it on the water, in normal day-to-day activities, or both, you should be left impressed!
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