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AT reviews Craghoppers' Ricardo short sleeve shirt, a good value and versatile shirt for summer

Overall Score
Vibrant colours, sun protection, good value

The Craghoppers Ricardo Short Sleeved Shirt’s big selling point is that it features solarShield Zinc Oxide (ZnO) protection applied to the fabric.

This provides UPF30+ protection for the lifetime of the garment and prevents UVA and UVB radiation getting through the fabric and damaging your skin (although personally I’ve never actually been burnt through a shirt and I have pretty fair skin).

In addition it’s naturally anti-bacterial, has no odour or residue and actively disperses heat from the fabric to give a naturally cooling effect. Plus it maintains the same performance when wet.

The shirt itself is made from polyester cotton and has a light, cool feel to it. The one we reviewed came in a bold red check but it’s also available in the blue you see here, and features include a patch chest pocket with a useful concealed security pocket beneath, an extendable ‘solar collar’ to protect your neck from the sun and drying loops, making for a good value garment if you’re going to be out in the sun a lot this summer and want an alternative to a t-shirt.

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