Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Dus-T: A Good Shirt for Desert Hiking
A few years ago, I was on a backpacking trip in Canyonlands, Utah. On the second day, a strong sand storm moved in. It was so powerful that it turned the entire sky red and even snapped one of my friend's tent poles like a toothpick! The most annoying thing was that sand was flying into our mouths and it was difficult not to breathe it in. I think I had sand in my mouth for 3 days after. I tried blocking it by putting a bandanna around my face but the wind was still pushing it in on the sides. It would havebeen nice to have had a shirt like the Dus-T.
The Dus-T basically looks like a regular shirt, except it's got a hidden dust mask in it. It fits much tighter than a bandanna and will keep the sand out if you're ever in a situation like the one above.
They offer several different styles and materials but I got white cotton one. Wait, did I just say the "C" word? Yep. In the desert, I like to wear cotton during the day because it's cooler (at night, I switch to a synthetic). I also like to wear light colors to keep the sun off so this was a natural choice for me.
If you do any desert hiking, you might want to check out Dus-Ts. The next time you're caught in a sandstorm, you won't have to put up with that annoying crunching noise in your mouth all day. Plus, you'll look like a desert ninja!