Patagonia Long Sleeve El Ray Shirt - Men's


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With 40-UPF sun protection, the Patagonia Long Sleeve El Ray Shirt- Men's is the ultimate, versatile solar shirt for an adventurous life outside. Whether you're fishing the Kenai River, checking the Florence surf, or trekking the Belise outback, this shirt mixes cool pin-stripe styling with high performance breathability, quick-drying, wrinkle resistance, and softness. Two snap-down chest pockets and a snapped front placket offer easy convenience. The regular fitting El Ray is recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.


  • Fabric: 2.5-oz 57% all-recycled polyester/ 43% nylon. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
  • Made from all-recycled polyester, all-recycled nylon yarn dye
  • Provides 40-UPF sun protection
  • Highly breathable, quick-drying, wrinkle resistant, and soft
  • Two snap-down chest pockets
  • Snapped placket
  • Convertible sleeves roll up and secure with snaps
  • Modest tails
  • Weight: 187 g (6.6 oz)

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

8 Reviews

  • Build quality: 6
  • Performance: 6
  • Great design: 4
  • Lasts forever: 4

  • Cost: 3
  • not for those looking for a slim fit: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Fit: 3.5 / 5

8 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

Good fit.
March 11, 2013

Well made, good fit. Patagonia sizes are just right. Snap buttons are very convenient. I wear this for work and play.

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Valencia, CA
25-34 yrs

Good backpacking shirt.
August 02, 2011

Good shirt for backpacking. It doesnt stink as bad as some synthetic shirts do. cleans and dries fast when you bucket wash it at camp. Good sun and bug protection.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, doesn't absorb order as much as others, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Outstanding shirt
December 19, 2010

I live in Africa and needed a light shirt that could protect against the sun while still having long sleeves to keep the mosquitoes off at night. This shirt fit the bill. High quality, lightweight, and the pockets fit my passports perfectly. I ended up buying four of these shirts for longer trips and field visits. One of the best purchases I have made in some time. Yes, it's expensive, but it actually manages to have value at that price because the shirt is so well made.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Great value, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Right Tool for the Job... LS El Ray
April 19, 2012

I'm not a reviewer by nature but Patagonia came through twice for me in the past few weeks and they deserve a pat on the back. First, I had sent Patagonia my 10 year old parka which had developed a zipper problem and they replaced the zipper at no charge. First class. Second, I had a trip coming up to a hot and very humid part of the world and needed the right clothing. A friend of mine who is really into this stuff pointed me toward Patagonia. My first purchase was this El Ray LS shirt. Very impressive. Fit, quality and all the things you expect from Patagonia were just right. But I really wanted to see how quickly it dried and how well it survived being rolled up and stuffed in a duffle. So as soon as it arrived, in to the wash it want. But not the drier. I just hung it up sopping wet and let air dry. Just like my sailing gear, it dried in no time at all. Then into the duffle in a tight roll with a lot of other stuff. Took it out the next morning and gave it a good shake. After both tests, it came through just fine... ready to wear. So I'll be stocking up on a few more Patagonia pieces for my journey, and doing so through Altrec. They seem to have a pretty complete selection and it was delivered much quicker than expected so no store front and drop ship operation here. Seems like a winning combination.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: Cost

Excellent sun shirt
July 30, 2010

I have to say, I'm surprised to see no reviews for the El Ray shirt versus 5 reviews up already for the Patagonia Sol Patrol shirt. First, it really is a "regular fit." I'm 5'11", 172lbs, 33" waist, and the medium fits perfect, being definitely more "fitted" in the body. As a sun shirt it has a slightly higher UPF rating than the Sol Patrol (which is 30-UPF), and is a blend of poly/nylon versus 100% poly for the Sol Patrol. If you are looking for the main differences, they are: 1) Fabric feel: El Ray has a soft, cotton-like feel versus a very synthetic feel of the Sol Patrol. 2) El Ray has no venting at all versus back vent and side vents on the Sol Patrol. 3) El Ray is advertised as "highly breathable" and may be slightly more inherently breathable than the Sol Patrol, thus the lack of venting. But make no mistake, this is still a poly/nylon blended short with high UPF protection and has a tight weave. If you are exercising and sweating, breezes feel cool and almost feel like they are coming through the shirt, but breathability is relative - maybe breathable compared to other synthetic materials, but still less breathable than a cotton shirt, a capilene shirt, or even a blended cotton shirt like the Island Hopper. Still, it is very functional for blocking the sun and does have a cooling effect, even more so if you have worked up a sweat. I've not tested it against the Sol Patrol in hot sunny weather, but have tested it against the Mountain Hardware Canyon Shirt (S/S) and the Patagonia Island Hopper (L/S). Frankly, all are comfortable in hot (and humid) weather. The full synthetic shirts build up a stink much faster than shirts blended with cotton - that I have definitely learned. The full synthetics, however, seem to be more comfortable the higher your exertional activity, maybe because of the slightly shorter drying time. For travel (like my recent trip to Thailand), I'd still opt for the Island Hopper if I was only taking 1 L/S shirt and was not going to be spending many long days with direct sun exposure, as it is more comfortable overall when doing a combination of low-exertional and high-exertional activities, dries quickly enough, is breezy enough (more breathable than the full synthetics), and washes just as well in a sink or shower. Still, the El Ray does exactly what it is supposed to, is soft and comfortable, resists wrinkles if you are using it for travel, and is great for sun protection. I hope this is helpful.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
35-44 yrs

Excellent Shirt - Roomy Fit
April 19, 2011

The quality of the the shirt overall is top notch. The fabric is substantial but not too heavy for hot weather and it sheds wrinkles so it travels well. The snaps rock. I purchased a medium. I am 6' 153lbs. I found the fit to be roomy on me. There is plenty of length in the sleeves and torso for me.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Comfortable and Flexible
April 16, 2013

I've hiked with this shirt a couple times since purchasing it, and it is very comfortable and I love the flexibility that comes from being able to roll and button up the sleves. The one day I hiked was chilly when the sun ducked behind the clouds for long stretches, but hot when it was out and beating down. This shirt was great in handling such a situation. No regrets on my purchase.

Pros: Great design, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5

from San Francisco, CA
25-34 yrs

Patagonia El Ray
March 22, 2013

I own two Patagonia El Ray long-sleeved shirts and wear them for a very specific purpose - sunny weather hiking/outdoor activities and this shirt excels in that role. The material is a little too 'firm and shiny' to make it a wear-into-town shirt in my opinion, so I put it on before heading out into the hills and take it back off when I finish. The SPF coating is perfect and the shirts wears very well - it holds up to having a pack over my back all day and seems like it will last forever due to the robustness of the fabric. All in all a great outdoor pursuit shirt #I can imagine it would be killer for whitewater rafting too# that should stand up to the test of time in harsh environments. Fit is true to Patagonia size.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance

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