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 kmckenna Grandpa Shirt
My River Driver shirt originally belonged to my grandpa. He passed 25 years ago, and I still have the shirt. I LOVE it. It is soft, breathable and warm. I wear it when it is cold and snowy as a base layer. It keeps me nice and toasty with out the bulk. Still in great shape with no fraying. Now my nephew has fallen in love with my "Grandpa Shirt", so I am ordering him one for Christmas. I know he will love it for years to come as well.
November 20, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Mathom No dryer allowed
30 years ago your LLBean River Driver shirt could be washed in warm water & thrown in a warm dryer OVER & OVER again for years staying deliciously soft, snuggly warm & keeping it's shape. Same twenty years ago. Great quality. I'm wearing one now. Let me know when you go back to the original style so I can buy a couple more.
November 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JonnyMac Great Base Layer
Makes damp, raw days wonder why you're so content. Loved the one I bought last year and got another. Great base layer, fits well, comfortable, and has worn well despite wearing it constantly through the season.
October 29, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by MRKrmr sale item:fit/quality changed from prev purchaes
have purchased this shirt for my husband repeatedly over the years...excellent for winter but this time the same size/style fits TIGHT and the cuffs are sewed wrong so they do not lay flat....probably will not get him to wear it again
never had this problem...makes me hesitate to take advantage of a sale price on any item
September 23, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jerry4 Bacon Collar
This shirt was great....then I washed it. The collar became so stretched out, it was so wavy and wrinkled. The sleeves and the back of the shirt shrunk so bad it was unwearable. I really like the style of the shirt, it's just a shame it wasn't better quality.
August 20, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by marcsel Poor Quality
The shirt shrank a least a full size in 1 cold water wash.
May 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LuckyGrampa Old Shirt
I was at our hunting camp this weekend and looking at some old photos. There was one of me with a cast on my ankle from 1992. I was wearing my red 2 layer river driver shirt and I still have it. The thing is not ragged any place although kind of faded. I save it for the coldest days of which we seem to have many in northern Vermont. This shirt is at least 22 years old.
May 3, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Linda2279 Looked good before washing
My husband was complaining about not have any warm shirts...I noticed that this shirt was a double layer...hmm...must be warm.
My husband is 6'5...a tall man ...so ordered this shirt along with other warm shirts...did not notice the washing instructions...washed on warm and put in the dryer...it shrank so much that I hide the shirt...next time I will read the reviews
April 29, 2015
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