Patagonia A/C Shirt

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Patagonia A/C Shirt
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The Men's Short-Sleeved A/C Shirt by Patagonia has a cleaner, trimmer fit with improved finish details look that make this shirt longer lasting, better looking and more comfortable in hot, humid weather

FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Short Sleeve A/C Shirt.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Short Sleeve A/C Shirt.


  • Reinforced collar won't curl


  • Delicate organic cotton in a fine weave acts like air-conditioning for your skin
  • 3.4-oz 100% organic cotton yarn-dyed plain weave. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
  • Made of a crepe-like organic cotton crinkle fabric that lifts shirt away from skin for warm-weather comfort


  • Regular fit


  • Button-front shirt with button-through, left-chest patch pocket and side vents


  • Hip length


  • Made in Vietnam.
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This casual and comfortable Men's shirt is made from loosely woven 100% organic cotton that allows maximum airflow; a wrinkle-defying crinkled texture keeps it from sticking to your skin.
As easygoing as a cold brew at the end of a hot day. The Patagonia Men's Short-Sleeved A/C Shirt is made from loosely woven 100% organic cottonthat allows maximum airflow; a wrinkle-defying crinkled texture keeps it from sticking to your skin. The clean design has a slightly trimmed-down silhouette and a reinforced collar maintains its integrity.
Stay cool in this breezy, finely woven and fast-wicking organic cotton short-sleeved shirt. The design and fast-wicking fabric favor tropical climates; the performance keeps you sane in the August heat of the deep south. Like air conditioning for your skin, the A/C Shirt has a breezy 100% organic cotton that allows maximum airflow. Its light fabric rests casually on your skin, and the clean short sleeve shirt construction features only the necessities: button-through chest pocket and side vents at the straight hem. A reinforced collar maintains its integrity.

100% organic cotton yarn-dyed plain weave.
The Patagonia Men's A/C Short-Sleeve Shirt features a fine organic cotton weave that acts like air con for your skin when the weather's hot. This regular-fit shirt's collar won't curl in humid weather, and a straight hem with side vents looks good tucked in or left out.

Patagonia's A/S Short Sleeve Shirt is cool in this breezy, finely woven and fast-wicking organic cotton short-sleeved shirt.

The ultimate performance shirt for hot and humid climates. A/C® Shirt fabric has an open-weave design and fast-wicking properties that keeps you sane in the August heat of the Deep South or the heavy humidity of the tropics. Like air conditioning for your skin, the A/C® Shirt has a breezy 100% organic cotton that allows maximum airflow. Its light fabric rests casually on your skin, and the clean short-sleeved shirt construction features only the necessities: button-through chest pocket and side vents at the straight hem.


Patagonia A/C Shirt for Men is similar to an air conditioning system, designed for maximum airflow and breathability with its' lightweight organic cotton fabric. This organic cotton is crinkled and crepe-like which keeps fabric away from your body during warmer weather months.


Stay cool in the iconic Patagonia A/C Shirt. It's made of breezy, finely woven and fast-wicking organic cotton.


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Available Color(s):Fetch
Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Fabric:Cotton / cotton blend
Material:3.4-oz 100% organic cotton yarn-dyed plain weave
Materials:3.4-oz 100% organic cotton yarn-dyed plain weave
Moisture wicking:Yes
Pockets:Left-chest patch pocket and side vents
Quick drying:No
Shirt style:Button-front
Size:M, L, XL
Sleeve length:Short Sleeve
Sun-protective fabric:No
Weight:5.7 oz or 161 g
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Patagonia A/C Shirt Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I ordered a couple of these. Despite a quality problem with one shirt (as others have mentioned), Backcountry immediately made it right and shipped a replacement shirt before my vacation (Many THANKS, Backcountry!)
Both shirts were as advertised -- cool, comfortable, attractive, well made. They were the most comfortable, airy shirts on my vacation to a frequently visited favorite spot, which happens to have a tropical hot and humid climate.
Pantagonia is made for quality, so not sure what's up with the mfg defects, but definitely, these shirts are Worth It! I only wish there were a few more solid colors and a few more versions made of this same material. Pants would be great too. Not as rigid as seersucker, but with a crinkly appearance, soft, and airy without being revealing, these really are perfect. I guess I've said that before so it's time to end this review.
Thanks to Backcountry for saving my vacation and taking care of me. Honestly, the best customer service I've experienced in a long time!

CRC56 at on 08/15/2009

Even cooler than going shirtless

I'm a total sweat hog. No kidding, I sweat buckets. The A/C shirt does a truly fabulous job of moving that moisture out so it can evaporate. It really does keep you cooler than if you just weren't wearing a shirt. You can feel even a slight breeze through this shirt, so if you're going to be shy about having your high beams on, this is not the shirt for you.
I held off writing this review to see how it came out of the wash. I was unsure if those little crinkles would come out the same. I've washed the shirt twice now, and it looks the same. No issues there. Just wash it and hang it up to dry. I've not tried drying it, so I can't comment on that. This thing dries in about four nanoseconds anyway, so drying it would be overkill.
I'll be picking up a few more of these.
UnkaJesse at Patagonia on 06/04/2012

I'm a Convert

I used to be a Fezzman only kind of guy... loving that shirt with so much enthusiasm. (and still do).. but I got one of these at the outlet in Reno and loved it. (bought another one too) Super soft, super airy. Love them for my hot weather shirts. I'm digging the 'built in wrinkles' because i don't iron. This regular fit also isn't that wide like some others. It really fits me more like the slim fit ones after a wash and dry. (then you can hang dry from then out). That's the main reason I haven't every bought one until now because it's not a slim fit for my skinny frame. Finally, I can rotate shirts for a change... Fezzman, AC, Fezzman, AC...
mmel at Patagonia on 01/08/2009

I wished the white was tagless

Patagonia AC shirt is one of my favorite shirts. I wear it all through the seasons and wear to everywhere.
However, I wish these shirts did not come with the tags especially next to the pocket. I do feel it does get in the way of being a real stylish shirt. I was considering picking-up a white shirt and the tag stood out a lot. I just want this one to be a low key, clean looking shirt. I think the tag next to the pocket sort of takes away the show if you know what I mean. If you must brand it, how about down the side or something like the Migration Hemp shirt?
Philoman at Patagonia on 05/06/2011

My favorite shirts!

The A/C is by far my favorite shirt of any type (I own 4 of them). It's ideal for warm weather: keeps the air circulating over your skin, thanks to the fabric's wrinkly, open weave and is cut just right for my average/medium frame. The look is great as well; the patterns and colors work just as well with khakis as they do with jeans and shorts. Machine washable but I avoid the dryer as they dry quickly on a clothes rack anyway, and - bonus! - need NO ironing. I did return one in white because it is too "see-through" for my taste, but no other complaints. You won't be disappointed.
RickInNH at Patagonia on 07/13/2013

Sweaty? Wear this!

It's a great shirt for a hot climate. Looks like linen, feels like linen, wears like linen, it just doenst last as long as linen. When traveling light around Greece for a couple of weeks this was my go to shirt. It washed well in the sink or shower and dried quickly so I would wash the sunscreeen out of it after being on the beach and then wear it to dinner. It was perfect for the occasion. After about 2 years mine is pretty threadbare and worn out. Boooooooo for me. I just went and got another one though because I got so much mileage out of it.
petetothemax at Patagonia on 04/01/2013

A/C... the name says it all

I wear Patagonia outside all the time, I wear patagonia in the desert, in the mountains, in the rain, and also... in the office :) The A/C Shirt does not seem as resilliant to snagging, tearing, stretching, or liquid as the rip-stop shirts are, but man does it A/C like NO OTHER. I have never owned a shirt that breathes so freely almost feels like you are not wearing a shirt. In two words: Light, Airy. If I am going to be in a hot environment, and still want to look sharp with a collared shirt on... I got for one of my Patagonia A/C shirts. This company rocks.
nickness at Patagonia on 05/17/2011

Great Shirt

Excellent shirt- I have three and love them. They are sporty and hip and do a great job of keeping you cool in the summer heat. I love the lightweight airless feel and as the name would imply, like having built in air conditioning. The only thing I don't like is they do require a bit of maintenance. It's not like a Puckerwear that you can just pull out of the dryer and throw on. I would also recommend washing them in small loads on a gentle cycle. I got a run in one of mine that was pretty much irreparible, but Patagonia sticks by their guarantee. Kudos!
chromie at Patagonia on 07/01/2009

Great tango shirt

I live in Hawaii and dance a lot of tango. For our practicas and milongas, I wear the A/C shirt with a vest over it, and it looks very neat and formal enough for the tango scene here. This year's colors are great, and the fit is just right for me. It also is one of the only shirts I can wear for a whole evening of tango, without having to change shirts midway through because of wetness. The A/C fabric keeps me cool and dry, even in Hawaii. I bought three A/Cs this year alone, and might snag two more. Tango siempre! Patagonia forever!
Mishkin at Patagonia on 05/09/2011

My go to summer shirt

I've owned seven of these shirts over the years and now won't be without a few if work takes me to summer climes. This is a fantastic product. Lightweight, airy, and very packable. Allows you to look presentable and feel comfortable in the muggiest of places. Wash and wear, or iron for a crisper look, this has become my go to shirt. Durable enough, you're likely to go through a shirt like this over a couple of seasons, but I'd happily sacrifice long-term durability for comfort, and now buy two at a time, once I know I like the color palette.
kerlings at Patagonia on 07/15/2012

Negative Reviews:

It used to be better, a lot better

I own about 3 dozen plus of these shirts. I have been buying several in selected colors for years. Patagonia changed the sizing from relaxed fit to regular fit a couple of years ago. Big mistake. In hot weather, which is what the shirt was "designed" for and "marketed" for, the extra air space between your body and the shirt was a huge benefit. Not now. It's just another organic cotton shirt that's overpriced. There are similar shirts on the market for less $'s so now you pay for the name "Patagonia" and the color schemes, which are usually pretty good. But the utility of the shirt is lost for what it was originally designed for. Now most guys I know wear a size up to get the cooler shirt effect to some extent. Even that's a poor substitute for correct fitting in a relaxed fit. Not really possible when you are a large or xl already. I never minded the extra material around the waist, I always wear it out and hanging so being "baggy" was ok and expected. The shirt is now a "regular" fit so you lose the "baggy" which is where it's now too tight and doesn't allow the air flow the shirt was originally famous for. Somebody at Patagonia should go back to the exact relaxed fit sizing they used for this shirt a few years ago.
tropicalsoul at Patagonia on 08/06/2009

Save your money

I'll list the good before the bad.
Good Construction, organic colors last, good color selections.
Bad is shirt is too tight to be a true "AC" shirt with AIR FLOW around the chest, back, shoulders. Shirt should be relaxed fit NOT regular fit. Regular fit only works if you buy a size larger than you would normally wear, and you have a 30" waist and 38" chest. Anyone bigger & shirt is too tight for AC air flow cooling in hot and humid weather. The shirt will get sticky on your shoulders, arms, upper back, chest, and under your arms because the sizing is too tight. Look great in an AC conditioned bar, but for real world wear outside in the heat & humidity, go with some other shirt. This one is cut wrong for air ventilation and air flow to keep you cool. Maybe rename the shirt because it's not an AC shirt & the marketing on this shirt is not right.
TexasBen at Patagonia on 02/23/2010

I tried to order the Patagonia A/C Shirt twice, the first time from another seller, the second from Backcountry. I returned the first one because it was missing a button and a button hole on the bottom so that it looked like the shirt started to part right about 2/3 of the way down. I'm not sure how Patagonia missed that, but for $70 I thought they could do better. My second order from Backcountry was better, but the shirt doesn't look quite even in the front when I leave it untucked, so I've resigned it to the most casual wear and nothing where looking neat is required. Of course, the delivery service from Backcountry was great, and I highly recommend them as a seller. As for the Patagonia A/C shirt, it's a great, lightweight summer material, but there's definitely more value in shirts from other manufacturers, the organic component notwithstanding.

mat2898638 at on 08/03/2009


I have been wearing the A/C and Puckerwear shirts for close to a decade. I just recieved one of each and assuming they were the same shirts I have come to love, I removed the tags and hung them in my closet. When I went to wear one I was disappointed to discover that it was to small. especially the A/C shirt. I double checked the size on the label and it was the same size that I have been ordering for years. I checked my old ones and they still fit fine, so it isn't me it is the shirt. So much for reliability.
Lpmarshall at Patagonia on 06/27/2011

Sizing is a joke

I have bought these shirts for 15 years and absolutely love the fabric. In the last year or so, the fit changed to where an XL, which I always wore, was too tight. The XXL fits OK through the body, but it's too long to wear untucked. The whole point of these "breezy" shirts is that they fit loosely to help keep cool. My only recourse is to have a tailor cut 2 inches off the bottom, which is ridulous at $12 per shirt. I'm out of the Patagonia shirt market until they fix this. BTW, Royal Robbins and Woolrich fit fine in the XL.
Kenji at Patagonia on 03/31/2010

Nothing special

This shirt is just OK. Not like having air conditioning, I pitted out in minutes in 80 degree weather. I used to own a similar style shirt from Bugle Boy of all places that I had bought at a thrift store for $3. It was actually a little better vented and I'm sure wasn't $70 new. Unfortunately it disintegrated on a recent trip to mexico after years of faithful service. Anyway, I might buy another of the Patagonia's on sale, but $70 just too much for a just OK shirt.
Gnice at Patagonia on 02/03/2010

Poor Fit

The shirt material and construction is great. The shirt just fits very poorly because the body is way too long. It is about 4in too long so not only does it look ridiculous having the shirt fall below your but but it prevents air flow. I'm 5,7 135lbs and the small was hanging over 4 in too low so this shirt would only work for someone who is very tall and very skinny. All other patagonia small fit much better but would like to see more extra smalls out there
kevw at Patagonia on 01/23/2010

Slim Fit

Great shirt, looks awsome , great material but the fit is just not right for athletic/muscular builds. I always wear a large in a button down shirt. The large in this is too tight in the arm pits. I tried the XL and it fits great across the chest but way too big in the torso. Disappointed.
DeadDog at Patagonia on 07/24/2011

Great Shirt but?

I bought this shirt and found the fabric to be a little uneven in the weave and fit very small. I have bought 4 shirts of the same fabric and size small in the past and this one does not meet those experiences.
MickeyQuality at Patagonia on 02/20/2010

SS A/C shirt

Ok shirt, comfortable when dry. Tends to hold sweat when out in the heat and humidity. Feels clammy after you've been out for a while in it. If there's no breeze you will be soggy.
flyingfrog at Patagonia on 07/24/2009

Neutral Reviews:

Sizing has me confused.

For years I've always been a Men's Large, and in jackets and most items I still am. I am confused on Patagonias sizing changes. I purchased an El Ray S/S shirt in Large, it's too small and had to return for an XL (fits great). Bought an XL A/C S/S and it was like a dress on me, the sizing has me very confused. Will replace for a Large and see if that fixes it. I must admit Patagonias guarantee is amazing! I have confidence they will figure out this sizing problem.
wisconsinite at Patagonia on 08/19/2011

Fit keeps changing...

I own several of these shirts, and have always liked the fabric- very light and airy. However, over the past 4 or 5 seasons, the sizing keeps getting smaller. An AC shirt from 5 seasons ago was relaxed and comfortable- exactly what is needed in a shirt designed to breathe- but each season the fit is tighter and tighter, now to the point that it does not allow airflow like it used to. Please return the fit to relaxed!!!
HokieJoe at Patagonia on 03/14/2010

Comfortable, but a little baggy

The shirt is very comfortable, but it's a little wide for my body type (6'0", 180lbs). If I tuck the shirt in it looks sloppy as there is material hanging out on each side. I have to wear the shirt untucked. Overall, it's very light weight and feels cool even when worn with temps in the mid 90s.
JackTuesday at Patagonia on 06/11/2012

Light and airy, but the sleeves are too big

The fabric is nice and the body is cut well, but (at least in the small size) the sleeves are much too large in both length and width. You'd have to be a massive body builder with exceptionally long arms to fill them out well. For the price I was hoping for a better fit.
Pataphile at Patagonia on 02/05/2010

Too shear for me.

I purchsed the white shirt online and was disappointed that the material was some what see-thru. However, it is very cool and comfortable so if you don't mind the shear material you will really like the shirt. For me though, I would not have bought it if I had seen it first.
mrhawk at Patagonia on 06/18/2010

These shirts are truly comfortable. Unfortunately, ordering two shirts of the same size doesn't mean you will receive two shirts of the same size. When one is 1 1/2 inches shorter than the other one, there's poor quality control somewhere.

CRC56 at on 06/26/2009