Finding durable women’s outdoor clothing that actually fits (and isn’t just undersized men’s cut clothing), that also doesn’t cost designer prices, can be a bit of a challenge.   I really didn’t have much of an appreciation for this before I helped my wife prepare for her first backpacking trip with me over a decade ago. Today, her work and the day-to-day demands of living in a somewhat remote, mountainous area of northern New Mexico, requires practical clothing that can hold up to rigorous use while helping to manage the heat and cold.

My only familiarity with Propper brand clothing was military uniforms, so I didn’t know what to expect when we decided to try out some of their women’s shirts for my wife.

Our first impression of the Kinetic Women’s Short Sleeve shirts was very favorable, my Mrs. found the fit true to size with good comfort, but the real test would be yet to come:

The last few warm autumn days before winter in the mountains means gathering firewood from some of the dead and down areas managed by the forest service.  The Kinetic short sleeve shirt was a good choice for this type of work.

This shirt has plenty of pockets, including chest patch pockets with pen slot, and deep, internal chest concealed document pockets.  These are very useful for keeping ID, cash, and other small items secure, but also readily accessible.

So far, so good…  Next, my wife tried the Snag-free, Short Sleeve, Women’s Polo on a little hike in the mountains.  Like the Kinetic shirt the fit was true to size with good comfort. As advertised, the snag-free polo resisted the assaults of the local vegetation and rocks.

In addition to being durable and practical, these are good looking shirts, suitable for the range, the woods, and the workplace.  Propper women’s shirts are good to go.

  • 4.6oz 79% polyester 21% cotton ripstop NEXStretch fabric w/DWR
  • Updated styling and enhanced functionality
  • Collar stays
  • Mic clips at shoulders
  • Chest patch pocket with pen slot
  • Chest concealed document pockets
  • Button down placket
  • Reinforced elbows
  • Adjustable cuffs with roll-up stay tab
  • Epaulette kit included

Functionality 4/5 stars
Cost: 4/5 stars
Comfort: 5/5 stars
Durability: 4/5 stars
Weight: 5/5 stars

Overall: 22/25

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I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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About The Author

Writer Michael Lake is a Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association and has been actively involved in a variety shooting activities since 1989. In addition to being a certified range safety officer he holds several NRA instructor ratings and armorer certifications. He has received training from the US Army Marksmanship Unit, the US Marine Corps Rifle Team and some of the finest private training facilities in the nation. In 2013 Michael co-founded Adaptive Defense Concepts, a Northwest Ohio-based Training organization. He is currently a contractor for the US Department of Energy, an instructor for Badlands Tactical Training Center, and is an accomplished Freemason.

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