Western Rise AirLight Review

Today we’re taking a look at the AirLight Button-Down shirt from Western Rise. It’s made from a highly-durable, incredibly soft, air-texturized SUPPLEX® nylon and an airy post-consumer recycled polyester. The fabric is finished with a light durable water repellent finish and it does indeed repel water very well as you can see here. Before embarking on a trip to thailand I applied a coat of Sawyers permethrin spray on insect repellent. And although it says it won’t harm water resistant coatings on clothing. I think it did somewhat reduce the efficiency of the water repellent coating on this shirt.

Aside from that, the shirt still does dry very quickly and it fairly resistant to creasing. It dries is less than an hour if you wring it out after washing. There were a few times I roll the shirt up and put it in my backpack and pulled it out and put it on the next day without any noticeable creases. The fabric is very lightweight and breathable too making it perfect for the humid Thailand weather. I usually rolled up the sleeve while wearing the shirt during the day and unrolled them in the evening (to protect against mosquitoes) and in both cases I never felt too hot.

In terms of sizing I’m about 5’10” and about 154lbs (70kgs). I usually wear a size XS for t-shirts and button down shirts. However the smallest size available from Western Rise is a size Small. I feel that it’s still probably at least half a size too big on me but it doesn’t look too bad. It looks like more of a relaxed fit on me but nothing a trip to the tailor couldn’t fix. 

Two of my favourite features of this shirt are that it has a hidden button down collar which makes the shirt look a bit more formal than those with a visible button. The second feature I like and was complimented on several times while wearing the shirt was the ‘rail-tape’ secured front pocket. It’s a really great feature and came in handy more than a few times while travelling. It is very quick and easy to open and securely close again. And it has a very satisfying closure clicking sound as you can hear.

The shirt costs USD$109 (AUD$158) which certainly is not inexpensive for a shirt but it is lower than competitive brands like Outlier. The quality of the shirt and its fabric and components alone make it worth the cost in my opinion. I’ve been wearing the shirt in some hard wearing conditions with a backpack and there’s no signs of wear or tear. So I can say with confidence that this shirt will last for a long time.

Overall a very nice, lightweight, quick drying shirt that is perfect for warm weather and travelling. I would highly recommend looking into this shirt if you’re in the market for a new techwear shirt.


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