Hiking Shirts for Women: 3 Best Lightweight, UV Protective Choices

Add one of these shirts to your hiking gear to protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays.

Nothing can put a damper on that post-hike high like a serious case of sunburn.

Wear one of these top women's hiking shirts equipped with UPF protection next time you hit the trail to prevent the pain and wrinkles that come along with prolonged sun exposure.

Patagonia Tropic Comfort Hoody

This thin, comfy, super-soft long sleeve hiking shirt/fishing shirt sports a thumbhole, zip pocket, excellent neck coverage, and a drawstring hood. The quick-drying, moisture-wicking material boasts breathability and odor control technology to keep you fresh in the backcountry or on the water. While the originally claimed UPF 50+ protection has since been proven inaccurate (and led to a recall), the women's hiking shirt does provide plenty of UV protection for most.

REI Co-op Sahara Button-Up Long-Sleeve Shirt

Designed to keep you cool in hot weather, this versatile button-down boasts a stretchy, sweat-wicking nylon and spandex construction while providing non-chafing protection from harmful UV rays during outdoor activities. Lightweight and ultra packable, the Sahara sports convertible sleeves and chest pockets with snap closures for securing small items. It offers UPF 35 sun protection in a variety of colors from size XS-XL.

Columbia PFG Tamiami II Long Sleeve

Ideal for anglers and hikers alike, this breathable snap-up shirt is equipped with Omni-Wick technology and an antimicrobial treatment to keep you dry and odor-free. A lightweight ripstop fabric with a mesh-lined vent on the back to keep you cool while you cover up. The PFG Tamiami II features zipper pockets and snaps on the sleeves for easy adjustments. It offers UPF 40 protection.

For the best results, pair your sun shirt with sunscreen as well as a sun hat and other sun protective clothing on any backpacking adventure.

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