Rated 5 out of 5 by thequay Simply excellent shirt.
I bought 3 of these River Driver shirts and 3 Mini Waffle shirts for my husband several years ago because he is a heavy equipment operator year round on Cape Cod. It gets nasty out here. The River driver shirts are amazingly warm and tough. I have never had a problem with either the collars nor drying issues, as they are clearly wool and need to be laundered as such. Both styles of shirts are valiantly running their last mile and I am on here now replacing them. After 6 years of constant use and abuse, a couple of cuffs on the Mini waffle shirts are finally unraveling and the forearms are worn clean out on the underside. (from years on the joystick controls/ armrests in a machine). At $40-$45 bucks a shirt, we got one heck of a deal on excellent work clothes. The Fleece Lined Jeans are unsurpassed also. My husband refuses to wear anything but Bean for work. Right down to his gloves.
December 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by KatahdinGirl1956 Quality of Item HAS Changed
After years of ordering the famous river driver shirts for myself, my spouse and boys, I am deeply disappointed with my order last year of these shirts. Something about the fabric composition HAS without doubt changed within the past few years. The fabric now pills terribly and shrinks much faster than the previous fabric composition of the past. I have machine washed and damp dried these shirts for years without issues. The only common issue that we used to have with these shirts was that the underarms would wear away over the years; but with the fabric change now, I probably won't be ordering many more of these. Although they are the warmest layering shirt in my collection still, I would like the older fabric composition to come back. Perhaps not machine drying would help, but I will wish you all good luck.
December 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SharroninWV Guys love this shirt
I have bought DOZENS, literally dozens of these shirts for the men in my life over the past 25 years. You know a man loves a shirt if it's in the laundry basket every time you go to do the laundry - this one always is. I noticed some people complaining about the neck - well, most of my men (husband, brothers, nephews) are big guys with big necks and they like the fact that it doesn't choke them. It's warm, cozy and soft - it just doesn't get any better than that. They also last for years and years.
December 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Plwyman Fabric feels like the original but not preshrunk!
These River Driver Shirts are all I need around the house during the winter months as they are warm, yet lightweight (even with the thermostat set to 65...). I think they are the perfect winter pajama top, as well, and go nicely with baggy sweatpants.
While I loved the original RD with its loose fit and a non-itchy inner layer I returned those scratchy ones from last year. I was hopeful LL Bean would return to the original fabric and I think they have (although it's clearly not preshrunk this time around...).
So, I took the plunge and ordered some regular XL's. I also have 2XL's kicking around; I'm sort of between sizes depending on how loose I like things.
As others have pointed out, the shirts this year seem to fit just fine on arrival. Once washed, however, they shrink significantly in both directions. MIne became a bit snug in the chest and pulled up about 4 inches at the hem. I only had a couple inches left to tuck in. That's OK if you're layering, I guess, but the regular shirt wouldn't stay tucked in on its own.
So, I donated those XL's to a shorter friend and ordered the 2XL, tall, instead. Although they fit like a tent on arrival they matched my old regular 2XL's perfectly after a wash 'n' dry. Lesson learned on the sizing.
So, if you liked the original fabric and fit, be of good cheer; you can get there from here! But I suggest you order the tall version in your usual size if you are over 5'9" and go up a size if you prefer a looser fit. Not sure what you can do if you are super tall, however. I'm 5'11" and only have 4-5"s of tail left to tuck in on these Tall's.
Now that I've got the size thing worked out I'm totally jazzed about exploring the new colors. They are really rich, especially the reds and bright teal (which has a fair amount of excess dye left in the fabric, so do wash it individually or with your jeans...). Most of the colors I've seen have a heathery appearance that is reminiscent of Shetland wool sweaters. It's a classic look that goes well with pants, jeans, or sweats. Very versatile.
All-in-all, these RD shirts are a truly amazing value.. There's nothing on the market that even comes close in terms of warmth-for-weight. They also hold up well with frequent use and laundering. What's not to like? I recommend filling your drawer in a variety of colors. They're a great gift suggestion for relatives, as well. You can never have too many!
December 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by docbobbyk tried and true
Been wearing these for years. Both collar styles. I'm happy to just wear things I like and hesitate to write a review because I do wonder if I might contribute to driving up the price if an item becomes more popular. But a few reviews I just read goaded me into writing. For one thing, if you read the care instructions you are advised to lay flat to dry after washing. No dryer. I hang mine on a clothesline in the laundry room or sling it over my shower curtain rod. It behaves badly if you machine dry. Well, maybe if you pop it out while still damp (having used the low heat setting), but you don't get a second chance if you forget it and leave it in til bone dry. I wear it right on my own bare self and it doesn't itch. The inside layer is cotton. Wool is on the outside. Maybe some of you are mistakenly wearing it inside out? And why wool, why not 100% cotton? Well, If you spend much time outdoors you need to know that cotton is pretty useless in the cold. You sweat, it gets wet. And doesn't quickly dry. Wool has some wicking effect and is a better insulator (remember who was wearing the wool to begin with? hint: bahhh!) The collar? Something about bacon collar. Well, I mostly wear any one of my several of these under a flannel type shirt as part of my layering during cold weather. (In fact that is one of the things I like about the weather turning cold...I pull these out along with my non-itch heavy wool socks). I'm not sure anyone sees the collar. And I enjoy being warm and toasty, all layered up. If I wore it without something over it, I don't think I would care a bit about the collar. This is, after all, a nice warm partly wool shirt and...my mindset is pushing comfort rather than meticulousness. So maybe this wouldn't work for the Queen's Royal Guard, but for sipping hot chocolate or single malt next to the fireplace when the weather outside is frightful, this is my go-to shirt.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JT03 My Favorite Layer
Excellent for layering when outdoors. Love the cotton/merino blend. Warm, but not too bulky. Doubles as leisure-wear. I own two, and looking for excuses for more!
December 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by gocards1 not my favorite
Very difficult garment to deal with. It has wool in it so you really can't dry it. The neckline comes out looking like cooked bacon after every wash. I tried to light iron it, that didn't help much. It just looks like it is stretched out now. I tried partially drying it two different ways. flat drying it most of the way then throwing it in the dryer with other stuff for the final drying. That didn't help! I then tried completely machine drying it, and that didn't help either! It did shrink a little, but it was super-sized to begin with. This item has a very strange cut to it. The neckline is way too wide, and it seems like the chest and waistline are out of proportion. I am 6'3" with a 36" waist. I would not recommend until they re-tailor it.
December 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by turtlemens Bacon collar - yes
I definitely agree with the review saying these shirts have a 'bacon-collar' that wrinkles and looks poor. Other than that, the shirt is comfortable and warm. No problem with itching. Too bad about the collar, even ironing didn't help.
November 26, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by kjuiceman Bacon Collar
you remember the commercials with MJordan talking about the Bacon curly collar on the t's he was selling...this Henly has the same problem. It curls and really makes the shirt look funky. Nice and warm, but funky.
November 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Teagie Better than expected
I am really shocked at the bad reviews I've been reading about this shirt. It is wool and wool is not cotton or polyester. You must be careful when you wash and dry it. And it can itch, the only reason I have marked it down. But it is a very nice shirt (the yellow is a perfect shade), thick, much thicker looking than the one pictured in the recent Christmas catalogue.
I am 6-1 165 and the Large regular fit perfect, with a baselayer underneath. Look folks, you do not wear this shirt against naked skin, not even a t-shirt underneath. Bean has this thing about wool. I would prefer 100 percent cotton. Why wool? Oh, it keeps you warm. I'll tell you what keeps you warm. Layering. Wool is for looks, outer layers. Sweaters, etc.
I love this shirt and would recommend it. A thick, well-made shirt that looks great over a white baselayer. Buy it!
November 13, 2014