Talking about clothing is a bit of a departure for me, but a little while ago, I ran into a guy who got Lyme disease from a tick. That got me thinking about insect repelling sprays, clothing, etc. While I was at it, I tried to find something that is also moisture-wicking and offers some reasonable protection from the sun. What makes this a bit complicated is the fact that some materials or chemical treatments are not compatible with my skin: I often develop rashes and irritations with clothing made from synthetic materials.
The funny thing is that I can not trace it down to a specific material. For example, something made of polyester will work well with one maker and not at all with another. I figure that it must be down to some sort of the treatment, rather than the material itself.
On paper Haeleum Darian shirt seemed to have everything I was looking for:
On top of that I like the Mossy Oak camo pattern. It is thoroughly useless for anything that I might need, so my interest in it is purely aesthetic.
I am not sure what the Haeleum Darian shirt is treated with, but it agrees with my skin. I wore it for a bit and had no issues. Testing how resistant it is to various insect proved to be a little bit difficult, but the chemical it is treated with (permithrin) is a pretty well explored quantity and it works well. However, I will fully admit that I did not try to seek out ticks or Zika-carrying mosquitoes just to see how well it works. The wasps, of which I have a bunch in my yard, did not land on the shirt, nor did the flies on a hot day when I went to chop some wood in the yard (I had five large pine trees taken down a little while back and I have been chopping them into firewood for exercise). I will spare you the pictures of me wearing the shirt as a public service of sorts. It is fairly tight fitting and an image of a fat man in a tight shirt is something you might never be able to unsee. The shirt I ordered is 2XL and the overall fit is pretty good. The only thing to note is that the sleeves seem to run a bit short. They do not cover the wrists, which I thought was a bit unusual. On the other hand, I prefer that to sleeves that are excessively long. The rest of the claims Haeleum made seem to have been accurate: I did not get burned through it (no mean fit in California), and it wicked moisture admirably.
One nice touch that I was happy to see was that the size information was printed right on the shirt material, rather than on a label that would get itchy at the worst possible moment:
The way the stitching is done is also pretty nice in a sense that there was nothing scratching or irritating me. The material is very soft and seems to be staying that way through a couple of washes.
All in all, despite the slightly short sleeves, I’ll keep wearing this shirt and see how long it stays comfortable. I think I will look into a few other shirt colors from Haeleum. This is a new brand for me and, so far, I am reasonably impressed.