Rated 4 out of 5 by TheOtherRegularJoe Hopefully this will help...
So, I've had this shirt for about 5 months now. I started out with some sizing issues that I resolved and I recently took it with me on a vacation trip with a variety of weather and I think I can now write a review that may help people out in terms of the good and the bad about this shirt.
So, let's get the bad out of the way to start with and just deal with this right up front. The shirt is called a two-layer shirt and the two layers are cotton and wool. Hello, it's gonna shrink, and if you're a normal guy don't try to tell me your going to "reshape and dry flat". Nonsense, you're going to throw it in the dryer with the rest of your stuff. When you do that, it's going to shrink. So, here is what I found works, I buy up one size and wash it in cold water and throw it in the dryer. It shrinks down a full size after a few washes and then it stops shrinking. You do have to give it a bit of a stretch after each wash to loosen it up, but washable wool stuff is like that. If you can get over that you get to the good stuff.
And the good stuff is really good. Think of the best of both worlds, cotton on the inside, wool on the outside. So, why does this matter? I found out when I was on a boat where the weather went from low 60's cloudy and damp to sunny and mid 70's within the span of about 2 hours. This shirt works so well because the cotton on the inside is soft and it has little tiny holes in it so it breathes and you don't overheat. On the outside the wool does some amazing stuff. First, it is better in a little bit of rain than cotton, I.e. It doesn't just soak instantly, second it is surpringly wind resistant, which you don't get with cotton, third it insulates much better than cotton, fourth it breathes when it gets hot, and last but not least, it resists odor better than cotton. I wore this thing on and off for four days. Granted I wasn't doing anything too strenuous on vacation but normally a 100% cotton shirt is a one and done wear for me.
Top that all off wth the fact that the shirt looks good. Fits well in the chest. It has an unstructured bottom that doesn't cling to your pants and it's not too long so it hangs right. Don't wear this shirt tucked in; that's just wrong.
For sizing reference, I'm 5'8" and weigh 155 lbs and I buy a large and let it shrink down. Works like a charm. I only found that out by buying a medium first time around and not being able to wear it after I washed it for the first time. But llbean exchanged it no problem like they always do - I love that!
Net/net, great shirt if you're willing to be realistic about what you're buying and how you're going to care for it. Regardless of what the label says, c'mon don't kid yourself, you're going to throw it in the dryer.
April 25, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by MaineResident207 Not what it used to be.
I have owned several of these shirts over the past 4-5 years and received another one at Christmas as a gift. My older shirts wore and washed well. I was able to dry them in the dryer and they resisted shrinkage and fading. Loved these shirts as they were rugged and not "itchy" at all. The new one I received at Christmas looked nice out of the package, but after 1 washing and drying, shrunk considerably, especially at the hem on the bottom to the point I could no longer tuck it in. The material wasn't as soft as my previous shirts either. I returned the shirt to the Freeport store with no problems and received great customer service as always, but I am hoping that LL Bean will return to the previous manufacturer and bring back what once was a great product. I understand that in order to save on costs manufacturer's change over time, but quality shouldn't suffer. I would be happy to pay more for the original shirts because they were worth it.
April 23, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Tarheel24 Disappointed
Bought 2 of these shirts back in the Fall. They were great in the beginning. They both have shrinked to be unwearable for me. Taking them to the thrift store.
March 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SunbeltGirl My husband absolutely loves this shirt!
In fact, he likes it so much, when they went on sale he wanted another one.
He also suggested I get my dad and brother one which I did.
It's warm but not hot. The blend is soft and very comfortable.
March 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by EastTennessean1 Did the Fit Change?
I want to start out by saying that these shirts are great. I buy a new one just about every year if I can catch them on the daily mark-down for $20-$30. I just purchased one this past week and it is a much slimmer fit than the others that I have. I am 6 feet and 160 lbs. and a small in the "traditional fit" is perfect as long as I don't machine dry them. This last shirt has a MUCH slimmer fit through the shoulders, chest and waist. The waist is even a little shorter. It's as if they stuck an S on a size XS. I'm fairly slim so it fits well enough that I'm going to keep it but I was very surprised. If this is the new fit for these shirts I will need to move my size UP to a medium and those of you who sizing based on previous orders may consider doing the same. I will say however that the shirt is more true to size with this recent fit than it was previously. I have always ordered down a size and I guess now I can just stick to medium which according to the size charts is what I am. I am just used to LL Bean shirts running a size large and have gotten used to ordering accordingly.
March 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RDud Great shirt (but a few odd ones)
I really love these shirts, Over
the past three or four years I bought
8 of them! six of the Henley style
and two with a collar. I like the
Henley style better, and in the winter
that is pretty much all I wear,
I normally wear medium long which are
great for me, Unfortunately I found
that the most recent ones I bought
were not quite up to the normal high
standard. On one the neck seam to
shoulder seam distance was 1/2 inch
longer on one side than on the other. The
second one seems to have been
mislabeled as the sleeves are too short,
In spite of these problems I love these
February 23, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by AMelott Itchy and Shrinky
I loved these shirts. They now itch a lot and shrink substantially in one washing. I won't be buying any more until they change manufacturers (again?).
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February 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Texflix Quality Henley
I'm 6' 2" tall and weigh 225, but the large was a tad too small. LL Bean exchanged the large for an extra large no questions asked. In the XL I have more than enough room, but the sleeves are a bit long. However, if you want a quality henley that will keep you toasty warm, this is the shirt for you. Kinda wish winter wasn't so short down here in Texas.
February 17, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Makowa fairly good, few things to be aware of
just got one of these, I Am glad that it was long enough in the tall. I Am 6.4 whereas llbean's tall sizes are intended for persons 6.1 to 6.3.
there are a few things you should be aware of with this piece of clothing.
for one thing it contains merino wool, which cannot be put into the dryer. it will have to be hung up or placed flat to dry, which will take some time since wool can stay wet for a while.
also because they contain wool, they are a little on the scratchy side. and although they have a cotton lining, you will probably still want to put on something else underneath to keep you more comfortable.
I wanted a rustic green heather, but that was sold out by the time I got around to buying it.
they are also made in Canada, which is kind of a surprise since most clothing items are made in countries overseas.
overall it is a good clothing piece and it should hopefully keep me warm on the colder days.
my advice to you, get more than one, so that you have one to wear when you wash the other.
also wear an undershirt under these to avoid scratching of the wool fibers.
February 6, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by sjennine No good
This shirt was very disappointing
Collar was wavy (bacon neck?) before even washing and is not typical LL Bean quality.Very disappointed.
January 28, 2015