Rated 5 out of 5 by BigRed43 Your Grandfather's Overshirt
The soft colors and retro pattern of this shirt are so beautiful I might buy it even if it were impractical. Happily, it's almost as functional as it is beautiful.
I love these vintage products from LLBean and look forward to more of them--I've been shopping at LLB long enough to remember when such things weren't "vintage," but simply normal, and you could replace a worn-out item with an identical classic any time, year in, year out. Sadly, they now change designs so frequently, and feature so many things our grandfathers would have looked askance at, that such things as this Katahdin shirt are much more rarities than they should be.
The shirt is very generously cut--great for working in the garden but not so much for business casual. The fabric is almost like a thin canvas--a bit stiff, but plenty soft enough to wear against bare skin, yet it's lighter than flannel, and not really suitable as an insulating layer.
The snap on the right cuff ripped out as I was trying on the first example of this shirt. Since Regular Large was sold out, I tried both Tall Medium and, ultimately, Tall Large. I hope the version I kept proves as durable as other reviewers suggest, and the broken snap was just a fluke. As is typical with LLB, "Tall" means much longer tails but only slightly longer arms.
I'm not sure why the shirt is priced relatively high, but it does evoke some fine old shirts from my grandfather the likes of which are otherwise impossible to find today at any price, and it looks smashing with the eponymous shoes, pants, and other items.
January 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RightHereInMaine Rugged Shirt!
I love the fabric, the cut, the pockets, the elbow patches...what's not to love about this shirt? I like wearing it as an over shirt, and there's good room in it for a waffle weave or other thermal style long-sleeve. Just what I was looking for. I know it's on the more expensive end of things and that's okay with me, because it's exactly what I was looking for. Rugged, heavy duty work shirt or over-shirt. Yay!
November 14, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Spartan64 Poor fit-quality control lacking
I ordered the denim Katahdin shirt. I'm 6'3" tall and 170 pounds. My dress shirts are 15" collar and 35" sleeve so I ordered a medium tall. The shirt collar is at least 17", maybe larger. I would be embarrassed to be seen in this shirt. I'm sending it back immediately. I expect better from LL Bean. Who checks these sizes out before you order them?
August 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Atlantasuburbs Comfortable casual shirt
I bought this shirt a few weeks ago for casual wear around the house. The shirt fits very nicely and looks good straight from the wash. It will probably be a bit heavy for summer wear, but is perfect for the spring. The material is tightly woven enough to be a great shirt for working in the yard. I'm ordering a second as I expect I'll eventually wear this one out.
March 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tadluck Current favorite
I bought this shirt back in the Fall and it is currently the one I reach for first. The fabric has a great heavy heft and feels like it will last for years. It is full cut without being baggy and I really like the snaps. The pockets could be a little deeper, but I appreciate the lack of pocket flaps that get in the way of using a pen or phone.
February 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Gus0 OK if you also carry a purse.
The fabric appears to be a lightweight but hard wearing twill but the shirt has a fatal flaw, small pockets. The pockets do not have flaps. They have small hook and loop patches that close the center of the top. The pockets are small, similar to a pocket on a dress shirt. Most items that I carry in my shirt pocket are either too big to fit or overlap the hook and loop patches so I cannot secure the pocket. None of the following fit with the hook and loop closed: glasses, Ranger base plate compass, map, GPS, medium size carpenter's tape, 3x5 index cards, boarding pass, passport, small binoculars, tobacco pouch, folded large bandanna, box of fishing flies, spare ammo... You get the idea. I guess it is an OK shirt for people who carry a purse.
November 16, 2013