Who doesn't appreciate an attractive, comfy shirt? While I don't think of fishing as a fashion show, I'm a bit of a sucker for cool new duds—especially ones that fit good and protect from the sun. Redington's long-sleeve Drifter Crew definitely has the looks and sun protection checked off, but the fit is always a big gamble for my 6'3" frame. I've been impressed by most of their apparel I've tried over the years (their now discontinued SolarTech long-sleeve shirts are still some of my all-time favorites), so my hopes were high for this garment.
Material: 100% polyester
Colors/Patterns: 3 colors / 3 graphics available
UPF Rating: UPF 50
Other Styles: Short-sleeve also available
Price as tested: $39.95
Made out of 100% recycled fabric, the shirt's polyester construction is anti-pilling and provides stout UPF 50 protection along with a soft, smooth feel and some modest stretch. Redington has incorporated flat-lock seams throughout the garment for maximum comfort against the skin, and the ergonomic, gusseted CastCut construction under the arms for ease-of-motion. Other features include thumb holes at the end of both sleeves, Redington logos on the back of the neck and at the end of the right sleeve, and of course, the large "Find Your Water" bonefish logo front and center on the chest.
I couldn't find a thing wrong with my Drifter Crew shirt. The stitching is very tidy, all seams are tight, and the logos are all crisp and attractive.
The long-sleeve Drifter Crew accompanied me not just on fishing trips, but also while walking and just living day-to-day life. My shirt—a size L in the Quartz color—fits quite well and has an attractive cut that doesn't hang off my frame. Both the body and arms are relatively trim, and thanks in part to the CastCut construction and modest stretch of the polyester, the garment provides excellent mobility with no restrictive feel. Whether casting, walking, or whatever, I always felt comfortable and any sweat or moisture that accumulated didn't stick around for very long. The thumb holes are also a nice bonus touch for added sun-protection, and the crew neck keeps a sun mask tucked-in tidily.
To sum it up, this is a quality shirt that delivers sun protection along with a bit of fun at the same time. Don't care for the long-sleeve version? A short-sleeve variety is also offered with the same 3 colors but 3 different graphics to choose from at a slightly-cheaper price of $34.95.
Redington Long-Sleeve Drifter Crew