A few years back I picked up a Columbia long sleeve, button up shirt with the flap pockets without buttons on the chest, and that has been my go-to shirt for most of my outdoor adventures. However, lately I have been searching for what in my mind would be the ideal outdoorsman's "performance" shirt but have not found what I am looking for, so I have this idea.
My inspiration stems from the old frontiersman, or "hunting" shirts that were a pullover style with a quarter length button or lace up front and a fold down collar. Other than Carhartt's Hickory Stripe Shirt, which is a little heavy for warm weather use, the closest thing I have seen to this design is the current "combat" shirt that is popular with military and law enforcement.
The problem with most combat shirts is that they are designed to wear under armor, so the moisture wicking fabric on the torso is not durable enough to stand up to repeatedly snagging on brush without pilling or tearing. So my design would have to incorporate a moisture wicking fabric for the torso that would be durable enough to withstand exposure to brush while maintaining a tougher fabric for the arms as the combat shirts already have. I would keep the quarter zip collar that can be folded down and either remove the sleeve pockets completely, or re-design them to be low profile, slash type pockets with zippers.
I am on the fence as to whether or not I would incorporate chest pockets with this shirt. If I did, they would be of a similar design to my favored Columbia shirt, ie. flap pockets without buttons.
So the idea is a shirt that can be worn as a stand alone garment for warm/hot weather use or as a layer in cooler climates, can be worn tucked or un-tucked, wicks moisture but is durable, has minimal snag points for use in heavy brush, has a collar that can be folded or zipped up, no buttons to cause hot spots if using a chest rig or kit bag, long sleeves that can be rolled up, comes in earth tones (tan, green and grey) and minimalizes a tactical appearance.
So my question for the experienced outdoorsmen here is, does such a design have merit? If so, what features might you add or change?