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Time to tee off for the summer

Time to tee off for the summer

I am recently returned from an assignment in the Alentejo region of Portugal, where the temperature was hovering around 36degC, a good 10 degrees hotter than the norm, so I was grateful for the arrival of the following products to take with me, all of which were perfect for the conditions. Certainly, the tees all proved their worth in terms of breathability and comfort, and as for the bottoms, I travelled in the Regatta Delph, so was grateful to zip off the lower section once I had landed in Lisbon, and they also came in handy for casual evening wear. During the day I switched between the shorts, all of which performed well, and if you are going to ask me for a favourite, there was little to choose between them, although the Berghaus Baggy shorts prompted some likable comments, and I was also particularly taken with the Didriksons Emilio.


Stylish Compass comes with UV protection


The versatile Compass doubles as a lightweight, wicking tee that works as a thermal base layer in colder conditions, and a stylish tee with UV protection of UPF35+ when worn as an outer in the summer. It incorporates a polygene anti-odour finish, making it perfect for all-day walks and travel. £24.99,


Regatta Twain comes with a patch pocket


In a light and airy Coolweave cotton fabric, this breathable tee comes with a patch pocket on the chest, and has a relaxed fit and summery striped pattern, and is ideal for casual wear at home and on holiday abroad. £20,


Voyager Sonar features a mountain design


Made from Colourkind eco fabric, the Voyager Sonar tee features a mountain design, complete with contour graphics. With built-in UPF protection, this is a perfect tee for everyday casual wear. Colourkind uses 89 per cent less water and 63 per cent fewer chemicals in its production. £35,


Soft and light-t0-wear Regatta Cline


The Cline tee is made from Regatta’s soft and light-to-wear 100 per cent Coolweave cotton, which offers cool, dry comfort. The tee boasts a unique graphic print design inspired by all things Regatta. £20,


Polyester/cotton mix Regatta Delph


There is a lot to be said for travelling in a pair of zip-off trousers, because when you land at your destination, if the sun is blazing down, you can always whip off the bottom half. The polyester/cotton mix Delph is showerproof and features two hand pockets, Velcro fastening back and cargo pockets, and zip fastening. £50,


Stylish Berghaus Extrem Baggy shorts


These stylish, lightweight ventilated shorts are perfect for summer pursuits, with the baggy offering excellent freedom of movement. Features include large zipped hand pockets and zipped mesh side panels for extra breathability. They also come with Velcro fastening at the waist for a comfortable fit. £65,


Sprayway Compass have a UPF 50+



The Compass is made using a stretchy, durable woven nylon fabric, and features a UPF 50+ and DWR to repel water. Quick drying, they benefit from a semi-elasticated waist with belt loops, zip fly and internal zip-lock security pocket. £39.99 


Emilio offer breathability and comfort


In a polyamide and cotton blend and PFC-free water repellent finish, the Emilio have two zip closing pockets, on the rear and at the side. The materials have been selected to withstand outer elements, and at the same time to enhance breathability and comfort. The garment performs best in dry and light weather conditions when 100 per cent waterproofness is not necessary. £50,

Reviewer: Michael Cowton

About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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