I’m a big fan of Ex Officio in general but these shirts deserve a so-so rating. Let’s start with the positives. Great color selection and a few neck designs (v-neck, scoop neck and crew neck) make this shirt relatively cute as travel apparel goes. It looks more like regular clothing rather than some strange technical, trekking gear which is certainly appreciated on the road. [ad#reviews-image-only] The negative: the fabric doesn’t seem to hold up well under hand washing conditions. Granted I put these shirts through the ringer, literally, by regularly washing them on washboards, but the fabric has begun to pill and after 4 months is beginning to look old (color is still great though). The most negative thing I can say about these shirts is that they stain easily. The sweat and dirt are wicked away but I find myself soaking and scrubbing for what seems like hours to get them out. In addition the lighter colors, especially the coral really shows dirt and even after a thorough hand wash still looks dirty and often still smell. I recognize this is a problem with all wicking fabrics, but there are better wicking fabrics on the market.
Bottom line: These are good travel shirts, but don’t expect them to easily wash out or remain looking great after repeated hand washings.