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Patagonia’s Long Haul Western Shirt earns HI Travel Tales’ Seal of Approval for Travel Product Excellence

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HI Travel Tales, the insider travel website for inquisitive and active travelers, has awarded the HI Travel Tales Seal of Approval for Travel Product Excellence to Patagonia for the company’s innovative Long Haul Western Shirt.


The Long Haul Western Shirt is a cool-looking, button-down shirt made with an excellent wicking, fast-drying fabric. The construction offered great venting, and it felt great next to our tester’s skin. And not only did it work well for running in the morning, it washed and dried quickly enough and was good looking enough for touring in Seoul later in the day. Thus, it satisfies HI Travel Tales standards for take-alongs that are multifunctional, lightweight, safe, protective, durable, practical, packable and/or just plain fun. You bet HI Travel Tales editors and founders Michael Hodgson and Therese Iknoian put it through hard-core, on-the-road, real-world testing.

“I will admit that I was skeptical at first. Could I really just use one shirt for a run in the morning, wash it in the sink, and then wear it again later in the day for traipsing about the city, let alone to go out to dinner? The answer to that question is a resounding and unequivocal ‘yes’,” Michael Hodgson wrote in the HI Travel Tales review.

Every product awarded the HI Travel Tales (HITT) Seal of Approval has truly earned the award. That’s because not every product reviewed and field-tested by the HITT travel team fulfills the website’s high standards for must-have travel gear and even makes it onto the site, award or not. The HITT awards do not compare one product to others of its kind, but rather judge each on its own merits – including if Michael and Therese would want to keep traveling with it after testing!

Product reviews by HI Travel Tales are posted weekly and cover the gamut of travel-focused categories, from luggage and bags, to underwear and apparel, to accessories and footwear, and everything in between.

HI Travel Tales also posts regular content that focuses on off-the-beaten-track destinations and sites or how to make the most out of perhaps overrun and over-touristy destinations – they are popular for a reason! In addition, look for video features, slide shows, travel art by Michael, travel photography by Therese … and much more!

Go to to see what Michael and Therese are up to now, and what great adventure or must-see they’ve uncovered for your next trip. If you have a product or know of a product you’d like to see put to the true HITT test, email

About HI Travel Tales

Inquisitive by nature. Adventurous by spirit. Inherently optimistic. After two combined lifetimes of global travels, Michael and Therese pooled their curiosity and love of active and adventurous exploration with the launch of HI Travel Tales in early 2014. This is not adventure travel in the (unfortunately clichéd) sense of the word, but adventurous, insider, curious, peek-around-the-corners travel – if the crowd goes left, we go right; if the tour books don’t highlight it, we want to go; if somebody says you can’t walk there, our four feet hit the dirt. For Michael and Therese, an adventure could be across the globe or down the street; in a big city or on the top of a forested mountain; it can last a day or a month. In fact, it can be all of those things on one trip – thus necessitating multifunctional products to ensure lightweight ramblings that are simply more fun. Let go. Hit the road. Open your soul to the world.