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“Sand Salt Surf and Sun” – Wicking Fishing Shirts – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Item of the day is “Sand Salt Surf and Sun” – Wicking Fishing Shirts.  Now “Sand Salt Surf and Sun” is a brand of design put out by a company called Vapor Apparel.  I happen to like my shirts with something interesting on them, but you can also get these shirts in long and short sleeve in a generic version (plain no design) for on average 10-12 bucks less per shirt if you are so inclined.  Links to all the options are at the end of this review.

Note that the “Sand Salt Surf and Sun” branded stuff and the stuff with no design are the exact same shirts, from the exact same company.  Just one has some sort of art work on it and the other is plain.

There is a lot I like about these shirts, lets start with UPF 50 as a sun protection rating.  UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) is a new standard measure for how well fabrics protect your skin from the sun.  A rating of 50 means only 1/50th of the suns UV radiation will pass though the fabric.  More importantly this is for both UVA and UVB solar radiation.  Most sun screen does a really good job on UVB radiation but is pretty poor at the UVA radiation.

Next is the wicking technology.  To put it bluntly being covered in sweat sucks and the only thing worse is a soaked in sweat shirt that just won’t dry.  It feels like wearing a fricken giant body diaper!  Nasty.  These shirts wick the sweat off you and dry quickly, they turn your sweat into fricken air conditioning.

I wear them all the time now when working in the heat and when fishing in hot weather as well.  I really enjoyed them while wade fishing in the surf recently on Sanibel Island.  Talk about wearing an air conditioner.  When I would get too hot I would just kneel down and soak the entire shirt up to my shoulders (holding the reel above the water of course).  As soon as you stood up  you could feel your core temp drop as the moisture began wicking away and evaporating.

This isn’t really how an air conditioner works, it is more like how an evaporative cooler works, it is actually exactly how they work.  These shirts are great of course for swimming too.  And unlike sunscreen they don’t wash off and don’t expose your skin to chemicals.

As to price that varies based on color, size, designs etc but basically the branded design stuff ranges from about 26-35 dollars a shirt on average.  And the more generic non design plain shirts range from 16 to 19 dollars.

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P.S. – I really like the short sleeved shirts for wearing around the house, out in the yard and even out to dinner.  They look great and are very comfortable.  But when it comes to a day in a boat or at the shore, I vastly prefer the long sleeved ones.

Few reasons.  First it covers your arms from the sun and protects them.  Next especially when fishing and getting wet it increases the cooling power of the evaporative fabric.  Lastly, I can easily push long sleeves up if I want that look or feel, but I can’t stretch short sleeves down if my arms are getting too hot or burned.

P.S.S. – There is a lot of talk that “sun screen causes cancer” and such on the web today.  While there is a vein of truth to it, it isn’t that simple and most of what is online about it is total bullshit.  The best info on the subject and the info I personally trust is from Dr. Mercola.


Muckster II – Low Climbing Shoe from Muck Boots – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Muckster II – Low Climbing Shoe from Muck Boots.  I am late to the party when it comes to Muck Boots, primarily because Cabelas used to sell my favorite low waterproof shoe on the planet.  My last pair of those lasted three years of almost daily farm use.  They were lifetime guaranteed so I jumped on their website to get a new pair only to find them discontinued.

I thought about getting some shoe goo and patching them up, I actually am going to do this so they are a back up.  But come on, 3 years, they just are not that comfortable any more.  I am sure Cabelas figured a life time would be using them for hunting trips, not daily chores for 3 strait years!

So I went off to find a new pair of low water proof boots.  My life with the ducks is one of mud, muck and standing water, all the time.  But not high water and it is hot as heck in Texas most of the year.  High rubber boots are neither needed or wanted and good quality low ones that are water proof and are a slip on slip off style are tough to come by.

First I tried the Bogs Urban Farmer, hell the name seemed to fit!  They were well built, very well.  But they came out of the box, went on my foot (barely) then went back in the box, with a return label.  They were stupidly narrow, I don’t know who the hell could wear these things.  Too bad because they are a great boot.  If you have a very narrow foot, they may be for you.  I would bet women could order the men’s version and it might be about right.

Next I ordered the Muckster II – Low Climbing Shoe and at first I was afraid they were also too tight fitting, not too small just too tight around the ankle but they went on and didn’t hurt to put them on.  Not super comfortable like my old boots were out of the box but good enough to try them out.

It took about a week to break them in and now they are very comfortable and are serving me quite well.  I have had them now for over a month and I am very pleased with them.  I will be honest, if Cabelas were to bring back my old favorites I would be back in them quickly, but there is what we want and what is, for a low boot that will keep your feet dry and be easy to slip off and on so you don’t track mud in the house, these are the best thing currently available.

One note, as I said they did feel a bit tight on arrival.  My feet and ankles are a bit wider than normal but not massively so.  If you usually need to order shoes that are specifically wider than typical these may not be for you.  The good news though?  If they don’t fit returning shoes to Amazon is as easy as printing a label, taping the box back up, slapping the label on the box and dropping it off at a shipping location.

So if you are in the market for a low water proof shoe/boot, give the Muckster II – Low Climbing Shoe a try, it might be right what you are looking for.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

P.S. – The links above are for the men’s version of this shoe, you can find the ladies version at this link.  They have some snazzy color combos but no camo, I guess Muck Boots is not in touch with the fact that some of you ladies are damn fine huntresses.