In an effort to simplify, I look for clothing that will serve dual purposes: Quality outdoor clothing that looks good, last long and can be worn outdoors and in the office. After testing out Royal Robbins’ Diablo shirt and Convoy shorts I can happily recommend Royal Robbins as an approved outdoor adventure brand.
Let’s look at the products and then get into the details:
Royal Robbins Diablo Long Sleeve Shirt
- Diablo Fabric: 3.75 oz., 50% Polyester / 50% Sorona Fiber
- Quick dry
- Wrinkle resistant
- Chest and back ventilation
- Rotated shoulder seams
- Roll-up sleeve with tabs
- Chest pocket with button closure
- Shirt tail hem
- MSRP: $78
Royal Robbins Convoy Short
- UPF 50+
- Multiple inseams
- Enzyme stone washed
- Drop-in cell pocket
- Tonal stitching details
- Triple needle stitching details
- Zip secured right back pocket
- Hook & loop secure left back pocket
- Hidden zip secured right front pocket
We’ve tested this gear all summer long. The Diablo shirt is now on our short-list of gear to bring on all outdoor adventures. It alternates with Columbia’s Voyager top that you saw in another review.
Why do we like them?
When it comes to clothing reviews we have some pretty clear requirements:
- Is it versatile?
- Does it look good?
- Will we wear it often?
- Is it going to last?
- Is it worth the price?
We love the Diablo shirt because it checks those boxes. It’s professional enough to wear to the office, comfortable enough to wear on the hottest days, and above all, it’s adventure proof. The stretchable fabric and shirt design means that you have full range of motion in active tasks like canoeing and it’s incredibly soft against the skin. The rollable sleeves and tabs mean that you don’t need to change the shirt in hotter weather or when doing nitty gritty tasks like preparing dinner on the trail or catching fish.
We’re fans of the Convoy shorts because of the heavier duty fabric, multiple inseams and style. They’re built to last and they do. They have triple needle stitching! Seriously these shorts are loaded with features, but don’t look like it. They are comfortable and stylish and have a great fit. We’re not as big of a fan of these as the shirt, but that’s partially due to me feeling conscious showing that much leg 😉
The price-point on these items is in-line with comparable high-quality outdoor and travel wear, and what I find is most important is: they will last.
For me, the proof of whether or not I like a brand is whether or not I wear it often. I’ve pulled out the Diablo shirt 1-2 times a week since I received them in May of this year. When I go backpacking, canoeing, hiking, or just out with friends, this is one of the top shirts I reach for. I’m not a huge fan of wearing shorts, but the Convoy’s have gotten nearly as much use as the Diablo shirt during this hot Canadian summer.
Since being introduced to this brand, it’s a brand we trust, and look for when in the market for quality, durable and good looking adventure wear.