I work at a small nature center run by the local municipality. Next year we will be purchasing new uniforms, and staff and management are having trouble agreeing on what look to go for.
The current uniform is t-shirts with our logo embroidered on the front. Management is insisting on polo shirts for next year so we look “more professional”.
The primary concern of staff is paddling comfort, and we would prefer a light weight long-sleeved shirt for bug, sun, and abrasion protection.
So, I’m looking for a shirt with these attributes:
- Polo-style, not full button-down (I know, don’t ask)
- Performance fabric (light weight, wicking, UPF)
- Long sleeve
- Available in a light color other than white
- Available in both Mens and Womens sizing, or at least have a XS option if only in Mens
A tall order a know…the NRS Womens LS Guide Shirt would be pretty perfect, but the Mens version is too dark in color for our black logo, plus they don’t make it any more. lame.
Any shirt recommendations much appreciated, plus out of personal curiosity, what do you expect a canoe or kayak guide to look like? Does a certain look inspire more confidence? Does a collar really make a paddling guide look more professional, or just make them look like a displaced office worker…