The Best Travel Shirt I’ve Ever Worn

Amazing Shirts from Ably Apparel
Amazing Travel Shirts from Ably Apparel
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It’s not often I get excited about clothing. But this amazing new cotton shirt can repel liquid/stains, is quick drying, and super comfortable too! It’s perfect for adventure travel.

I have a confession to make. I’m a sweaty guy. When buying new shirts, I have to be aware of what color they are, because certain colors show my sweaty armpit stains more than others.

White t-shirts don’t stay white for very long either.

Gross I know. But it’s a real problem for many people.

The world is full of sweaty people — and we’ve been searching for a solution.

From what I’ve experienced over the past week, a company called Ably Apparel has just created that solution. A brand new technology for cotton that’s able to repel liquid (including sweat) while also keeping it breathable, comfortable, and environmentally friendly.

Last week I tested their new fabric in Mexico’s high-humidity summer heat, and now I don’t want to wear anything else!

Cotton vs. Synthetic vs. Merino

We all know there are many benefits to wearing modern synthetic performance fabrics for international travel and outdoor activities. Synthetic blends are somewhat breathable, lightweight, and wick away moisture. They air dry quickly after a wash.

The problem is they aren’t as comfortable as cotton. Synthetics also get stinky quickly. Because they’re petroleum based, they aren’t environmentally friendly. Cotton is a plant. It can be grown organically. It’s sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable.

What about merino wool? While it’s organic, it’s much more expensive than cotton. Merino is not as comfortable as cotton in warmer weather either.

Regular cotton is renewable, comfy, and breathable, but it absorbs sweat & moisture leaving dark wet spots. It doesn’t dry fast, and can leave you feeling cold in cooler weather during active sports like hiking or skiing.

Well, at least until Ably Apparel came along with their version.

Amazing Shirts from Ably Apparel
Repels Water Easily

The Perfect Travel Shirt?

Ably’s unbelievably odor and stain repellent natural shirts look and feel like regular cotton shirts. But that’s where the similarities end.

They use a special new technology called Filium™ that makes these incredible shirts stain resistant. Water resistant. Sweat resistant. And quick drying too!

I had to experience it for myself to believe it. It feels as if you’re wearing thin, lightweight, and comfortable body armor against the elements.

Go ahead. Spill wine all over it. Take it to the gym. Wear it for a few days straight. Ably Apparel keeps looking great, smells good, repels stains, sheds liquid, and feels like a regular cotton shirt.

A travel shirt with extraordinary super powers…

Amazing Shirts from Ably Apparel
Stain Resistant Too!

My Experience

I just returned from a four day trip to Isla Holbox, a small tropical island on the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Temperatures were in the high 80’s with 90% humidity. I wore the Ably shirt for 4 days without washing it.

Walking on the beach in the sun, spending hours on a boat searching for whale sharks, and going out to eat in town. While I sweated plenty due to the Mexican heat, there were no embarrassing sweat stains. No smell.

I experimented by splashing water, wine, even salsa on the shirt. All three liquids rolled off like it was waterproof.

It’s not waterproof though, more like water resistant. If you jump in the ocean, it will get wet. But it air dries 40% faster than a regular cotton shirt.

You get the best of both worlds. Comfortable, breathable, odorless, lightweight, fast drying, and stain resistant to boot. Not to mention environmentally friendly.

I’ve never seen anything like it before, and can’t wait until they are in full production so I can re-stock my entire travel wardrobe with Ably shirts!

Check them out on Kickstarter here, and make a donation to get your own as soon as humanly possible. ★

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It’s not often I get excited about clothing. But this amazing new cotton shirt can repel liquid/stains, is quick drying, and super comfortable too! It's perfect for adventure travel.


Hi, I’m Matthew Karsten — I’ve been traveling around the world for the last 10 years as a blogger, photographer, and digital nomad. Adventure travel & photography are my passions. Let me inspire you to travel with crazy stories, photography, and money-saving travel tips.
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  1. Cotton alone isn’t water resistant so this must be a fibre coating treatment like Nikwax. Seals the fibres but leaves the gaps free for breathability. I wonder if soaking in fabric conditioner would work too, like it does for DWR soft shells? Maybe I’ll experiment with a cotton tee.

  2. Good advice, I’ll have a look. I’ve been partial to Icebreaker’s merino for a long time, but always looking for a supplement!

  3. Sweating is a general problem of all people in summers.But I really hate the stains on the shirts especially on light ones.This shirt sounds pretty amazing.
    I will surely try this one.
    Great blog.

  4. Haha, I sweat a lot too!

    I do have a quick-dry t-shirt, but it’s not made from cotton, so it’s not really comfortable!

    Would love to order this!

  5. Looks like space age technology is trickling down to the T-shirt industry! Very cool stuff, cheers for the heads up Matt :)

    Have you had a chance to wear it whilst doing exercise/ hard working out? How does it compare to the synthetic Under Armour type shirts in terms of breathability and moisture wicking?

  6. This is the shirt I’ve been looking for all my life! I sweat and end up stinking so I have to throw my tshirts after like a few months of using them. This is so worth it.

  7. In my experience a lot of water proof shirts usually don’t fit me too well and most of the time aren’t as comfortable as cotton. This shirt sounds pretty good though Ill have to check it out!

  8. With the exception of the stain-resistant part, merino wool has all the same great features as this Ably shirt. I swear by it in both summer (lightweight tees and tanks) and winter (heavier weight base layers).

    • I like Merino for cold climates, but it’s not nearly as cool & comfortable as cotton in hot climates. The thin stuff also gets holes in it pretty easily.