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What is the best packable shirt?

Hi. Can anyone recommend the best packable shirt? I heard there are some nice, durable shirts that pack into the size of a large plum and is very lightweight. I'd like to get one as an emergency clothing item. Appreciate your suggestions!

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"Best" is going to depend on what you want to use the shirt for when you unpack it.

I don't know any plumb sized packed shirts and I am doubtful they are that durable or comfortable.

Personally, for backpacking I like long sleeve Columbia Silver Ridge shirts which are traditional buttoned and collared shirts with a number of features useful for adjusting for hiking. They are polyester so dry fast and have good sun, wind and bug protection. Mine rolls up to just over 1/2 liter or US quart. That's not tiny but it is a very flexible piece of active attire.  However I pretty much wear it all the time while I'm out there and don't pack it.  A patagonia capilene T shirt which I also use, rolls up to about half of that.