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I wear a Capilene baselayer when hiking in the mountains, and prefer a wicking button up long sleeve shirt over it.  My favorites have been an ExO Air Strip, and a Mountain Hardware Canyon.  They are 80/20 and 70/30 Nylon/Polyester.  

I know that Polyester is a better wicking material than Nylon and pills less, while Nylon makes for a stronger material and is softer.  When I looked at the tags I was expecting them to have a higher percentage of polyester.  So I was wondering why those two excellent shirts were made with such a high percentage of Nylon.  

Does that mean that there isn't that much of a difference between the two materials regarding wicking and drying?  Also, since the button ups are looser than baselayers, does that effect the manufacturers choice of blends?  

Fortunately my two shirts mentioned above are now too big and need to be replaced.  I was sorry to see that MH has changed the pocket design and material for the Canyon shirt.  For you who are familiar with the Air Strip and Canyon shirts, are there others you recommend that are similar to them?  I like a zippered front pocket, and a way to attach the sleeves when they are rolled up.  Thanks for any input.  I love this forum!
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I prefer all polyester, but it is getting difficult to find in the button down versions of hiking shirts.  I recently ordered 2 White Sierra Kalgoorlie Shirt from Sierra Trading post because they were described as 100% polyester.  Unfortunately the tag said 100% Nylon when they arrived.

Check the specs - they still are describing the shirts as 100 polyester even though I called and they agreed to take them back without charging me the return shipping (which was free to send them to me).
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Thanks NG -  with all the reviews on that shirt, I would have thought someone would have mentioned that mistake
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Both nylon and polyester are hydrophobic -- so both wick well and dry quickly.  Hard to say which type is superior due to different weights and all.  But I think the fact you mentioned there were "all the reviews" and yet no one mentioned about the mistake of poly for nylon is telling in its own way.  Moi, whichever type, pure or blended -- I would go with whichever feels more comfy next to skin.

Not answering your question, but re. comfort next to skin -- I prefer 80/20 poly/cotton blends.  I like them so much I wear them for hiking, traveling and every day wear.  I get the technical advantages of poly, the comfort of cotton, and no "stink factor" common to many pure polys.  Of course, YMMV.


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That will always be the rub.  Polyester tends to make good base layers, while nylon is used for those button-down hiking shirts.  Pata is coming out with a blend button-down at a slightly higher price than the other major brands.  Might give that a whirl.  

There's also buying just a plain (old) synthetic dress shirt with a lot of white, and putting it over a light base layer.


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If you are going to be in a buggy environment then the nylon shirts are nice as they are woven and opposed to  knit like polyester. Insects have a harder type biting thru woven fabrics as  opposed to knit fabrics. .
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Thanks for the info!  All of this is very helpful.
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Cabela's makes AWESOME 100% nylon fishing shirts like you're looking for.  They've served me in summertime as sun protection and in winter as wind protection.  Looking dashing is a bonus.

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