June 7, 2023

Spotter Up

In Depth Tactical Solutions

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

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