The 5.11 Marksman Shirt is a nice addition to your shirt line-up. If you’re looking for something simple-looking, yet stylish then this is a good pick for under $50.00. The shirt comes in three colors: Cinder, Volcanic and Grey-Blue. I reviewed the Grey-Blue colored shirt.

Trim Fit. Not baggy at all. No excess material getting in the way.

Most of my shirts are of a heavier hand and are meant to keep me warmer in cooler temperatures. I like the Marksman because it is designed to keep the body cool in hotter temperatures in the outdoors.


The shirt is made of 100% polyester aero tech poplin, 2.6-oz.. While wearing it throughout the day I notice how light-weight if feels. The polyester has moisture wicking properties, and in combination with the mesh gussets of %100 polyester tricot mesh, they do the trick. The shirt will not stick to your body even under humid conditions.

Light hand: The weight and the feel of the material are light.

Darker colors give better UPF protection but ventilation options are a must. UPF gauges a fabric’s effectiveness against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) light. One good thing to note, the shirt is made with a 50+ UPF rating. Polyester and nylon do better at sun protection than natural fibers. Darker fabrics will usually perform better than light ones. I recommend that you select the Grey-Blue.

mesh gusset underarms for breathability

UPF rated clothing will keep your skin healthier if you choose to wear them. Make sure that you choose a looser fit rather than a tighter fit. Stretched material loses its protection properties. Look for denser weaves, when choosing a shirt. Washing your shirt and shrinking it can tighten the weaves, therefore providing more protection from the sun’s rays. When a fabric becomes worn or faded, it also becomes less effective at blocking UV light.

UPF RatingProtection CategoryEffective UV Transmission (%)
15, 20Good6.7-4.2
25, 30, 35Very Good4.1-2.6
40, 45, 50, 50+ExcellentLess than 2.5

The body of the shirt includes chest pockets, with button flaps. Not a bad piece of clothing for fifty dollars. Give it a try.

  • Body:
  • Mesh gussets:
  • 50+ UPF rating​
  • Short sleeve shirt styling with two piece collar​
  • Center front button placket​
  • Double layer yoke​
  • Chest pockets with button flap closure and pen guides​
  • Underarm mesh gussets
  • Shirt tail hem​
  • [+] high density heat transfer at upper back body​
  • 5.11 [+] woven label at left chest pocket
  • Regular fit
  • Imported

Cost: 5/5 Great price

Comfort 5/5

Durability: So far so good.

Style: Hot! 5/5

Overall rating: 20/20

By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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