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Poncho vs. Patagonia. Who makes the best outdoor shirt?


Quick Primer: I’ve tried a lot of outdoor shirts, both good and bad. These are my two favorites.

Poncho is a new kid on the block who I keep hearing about from my buddies, while Patagonia is one of my favorite brands and has been around for forever.


Poncho – $75-$80 in fourteen colors

Patagonia – $99 in six colors

Performance / Comfort

Both shirts excel here. They have built-in stretch and dry fast, which is great if you get hot easily and sweat a lot. Poncho might be a bit more comfortable because it feels natural, whereas Patagonia has a slight plastic-y feel.


Both have zipper pockets, hidden snap collars and a sunglasses cleaner. Poncho has hidden magnets in the chest pockets, so I can open them with one hand. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’m loving the easy access. Poncho also has a hidden slit to hold your sunglasses.

Look / Fit

Patagonia and Poncho both offer standard fitting shirts. Poncho also offers a slim fit shirt, which is a nice option if you have more of an athletic or slim build.

The Takeaway

These are both awesome shirts and you can’t go wrong with either. I give the slight edge to Poncho.

Good to know: Both of these shirts are Blue Sign approved, which is the gold standard for environmental sustainability. As an outdoorsman, I say props to both for making their shirts the right way.

George Lavas

George is dedicated to fashion and style for men. Based in the UK, George enjoys writing about lifestyle and fashion from both sides of the pond. George created BeStylish.org to help readers create a strong sense of style with minimum effort believing that everyone can look and feel good, all day, every day.

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