SmartPak Monday Morning Feed: Piper Sun Shirt Review

Temperatures are climbing! That means it’s time to think about sun protection. 

Photo by Jimmie Schramm.

Believe it or not, the first day of spring has come and gone. This means we need to start planning for warmer weather and sunshine! And there is nothing to better to boost the COVID-19 blues than online shopping.

I am a particularly fair skinned person who spent way too much time in the sun and the tanning bed in my adolescent years. Naturally, I am paying for it now by being covered in freckles and moles and getting something cut off every time I go to the dermatologist. Needless to say, I live in long sleeve shirts now, so I know a thing or two about “sun shirts.” I have tried every brand, all the different materials, and have ridden in them during all kinds of weather.

The first thing I noticed when opening the package from SmartPak that included the Piper Long Sleeve Crew Neck Sun Shirt was the beautiful color. I have a thing for spring/pastel colors and the Coastline color was right up my alley. Taking a look at the design, it has a simple crew neck, which is a nice change from traditional quarter zip of polo type neck lines. The underside of the sleeves is meshed for plenty of air flow. There is some different stitching on the back of the shirt that helps give it more of a feminine shape.

I am currently in Ocala, Florida (so sorry to everyone who has to endure an actual winter) and it has already started to heat up down here so I was excited to try this shirt out. When I first put it on I could not believe how light weight it was. The material is cool to the touch and not clingy and the sleeves weren’t skin tight, but have more of a lightweight open concept. As I expected, the seams down the back give it something a bit more than just a plain shirt. The back of the shirt does go a bit longer than the front, so it is a good shirt for those who do not care to tuck their shirts in. I live with my shirts tucked in and did not find the back bulky at all to tuck in even though it is a little bit longer than the front.

All in all I think this shirt is a win! It felt cool the whole time I wore it. The colors it comes in are beautiful and they are out just in time for the Spring and Summer. Lucky for all of you readers we joined up with SmartPak to do a contest that could include one of these awesome shirts! Stay tuned to EN for more info on the contest. In the meantime, you can pick up your own Piper Sun Shirt here.