By chance I had to buy on my Australian trip a new long sleeve fleece shirt, as the shirts of my other sponsors didn’t arrive in time from my gear depot in Melbourne in Sydney. I needed urgently a long sleeve fleece shirt, as I assumed my skin problems which had developed badly until now wearing a lycra rash guard, would get better. I simply went into a shop in Sydney and bought a “Thick Skin Long Sleeve ” Immersion Research fleece shirt in black. and loved it ever since that much I didn’t really wear any other shirt paddling around whole Australia and beyond!
Why wearing a black long sleeve fleece shirt on a trip which has some really HOT weather parts?
Well, the long sleeve protects your arm from sunburn, but you can roll them up if you feel like it. The fleece keeps the skin almost dry, being wet and immersed in saltwater on almost all days, or when you are sweating in the heat.
It feels like the skin can breathe! It is warm enough for chilly days, as the black absorbed the heat of the last sun rays, but cool enough on hot days when I’m wet anyway. I keep it dry or at least it feels still being dry when I put a jacket on during the day.
It doesn’t have any seams under the arms and flat stitching seams everywhere else, which resulted in never being sore in the arm pits or anywhere else from chafing. The only thing I added to the shirt was a zipper in the neck for even more heat regulation possibilities!
Now I have contacted Immersion Research to provide me some sets of new “Thick Skin Long Sleeve “ fleecse shirts, plus some matching “Thick Skin” pants of the same quality. The waist is not too tight like maybe on some other fleece pants, and it will keep me warm and dry also under a dry suit or in camp.
Thanks to Jesse from Immersion Research for providing the items!
The shirt you see on this picture is the one which went with me almost all around Australia!