Nau Kanab Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Nau’s mission is to “make the world’s most sustainable performance wear”. When I saw their Kanab Short Sleeve T-Shirt on clearance last year and saw that it was made from a majority hemp blend, I had to give it a try.

The shirt has become a favorite over the last year, so I thought it was time for a review.

Material

The material (along with the whole Kanab line) is a jersey knit 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton. Some contrasting yarn gives the shirt a great heathered texture, and close-up it almost has micro stripes. To the eye, it has a slub cotton texture and to the hand it is substantial and slightly rough. With wear and washing, the fabric has broken in and softened nicely.

One thing I love about hemp fabrics is the weight while still being breathable. This fabric is no exception. The weight gives it a great drape and keeps it from clinging to your body like merino and synthetics can do.

Performance

This is definitely a performance t-shirt.

The breathability is excellent. The knit is slightly more open than what you typically find in a cotton or merino tee. I always see this in blends like this, I’m guessing it is because the hemp fibers are larger in diameter and rougher than a usual cotton or wool fiber. Even on the hottest days, I’ve remained comfortable.

While it doesn’t manage moisture like a synthetic, I find it more comfortable than merino when sweating a lot. While it does tend to hold a similar amount of moisture, it feels less heavy because the fabric is more substantial. I also find that it does a better job at holding that moisture away from your skin.

When it comes to odor-resistance, I can get 3-4 days between wears. This is quite impressive considering there is no odor treatment, and is a testament to hemp as another fiber to look out for.

Fit & Style

The fit here is a standard straight cut. To be noted is the size chart, as I am happy with the size L when I typically take an XL (with the exception of brands like Patagonia).

Style is perfect for an all-around casual t-shirt. The length sits right at that perfect middle ground for an everyday t-shirt that could be dressed up a bit (thanks to the drape and texture).

Overall

The Nau Kanab Short Sleeve T-Shirt is a great example of how performant a hemp-dominant blend can be without getting too rough from the hemp, and shows that it can be a merino alternative.

Hemp is also a great, sustainable option for clothing. It adds nutrients to the soil, so it needs no synthetic fertilizer. It also needs little to no irrigation. Hemp is also very durable so clothing lasts longer, and when it finally does wear out, it can be composted. While cotton does counteract some of the environmental impact, choosing to blend with organic cotton does help swing the pendulum back in the right direction.

I keep reaching for this shirt. Highly recommended.

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Nau Kanab Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket

We’ve reviewed quite a few Taylor Stitch items, but this is the first piece of outerwear we’ve checked out. The Ojai Jacket is one of their signature pieces that they make in various fabrics, from cotton to waxed canvas to wool. The style is a take on the classic French workwear jacket, sometimes called a “chore coat”.

I am taking a look at the Washed Charcoal variant.

Material

The fabric is a washed, 8-oz. 100% organic cotton. The wash gives it a soft feel right out of the box, so no need for any break-in to feel comfortable. To give the weight some context, it is heavier than all your shirting except the most burly wool or flannel shirts.

Performance

The fabric performs as you’d expect being 100% cotton, it breathes but isn’t moisture wicking. Functionality is where the jacket shines.

With functional sleeve buttons, dual entry patch pockets, and a large chest pocket (with stitching to keep a pen or pencil in place), the jacket shows its heritage as a work jacket. It is easy to roll up the sleeves when you are getting dirty or keep your hands out of the wind in the side entry portion of the pockets.

It’s a great outer layer for the 40-60s °F, depending on what you layer underneath — a t-shirt for warmer weather or a flannel in the fall.

Fit & Style

There is a reason the Ojai is one of Taylor Stitch’s signature styles that keeps coming back. They’ve managed to make the classic French chore coat a more modern and functional jacket. The fit is perfect, as it’s not too bulky while still allowing for a layer underneath. It’s a good balance where it works with something as light as a t-shirt up to a flannel.

This fabric makes the jacket a pure casual/workwear piece, but works well with the overall look.

The most interesting style choice is the ring-back buttons. This means that the buttons have a brass stud on the back with a ring on the inside to hold the buttons on.

Having these buttons on the cuffs is the only issue I have as it isn’t great for watch-wearers. I’m not sure if it would cause damage, but I’m cautious when wearing a watch, as the metal button stud and ring can come in contact with it.

Overall

The Ojai Jacket in Washed Charcoal is a great interpretation of a chore coat in a classic fabric. I found myself reaching for the jacket quite a bit in the spring, and I am looking forward to wearing it more once the weather cools down.

At $188, I don’t think I’d add the jacket to my wardrobe, but during a sale, I’d definitely pick it up. Recommended.

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Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket

Alex Mill Paper Cotton Popover

Popovers are all the rage for looking sharp and casual at once. Alex Mill offers a take on the garment using ‘paper cotton’, something I haven’t tried before. Here’s what it all adds up to.

Material

This is 100% cotton, so the difference in this is how the cotton is put together, not the material itself. The best way I can describe this is that if most shirts feel like construction paper (not super smooth, not rough, and maybe a little porous feeling) then ‘paper cotton’ feels like white copier paper. Dense and incredibly smooth, while still being very thin.

That’s paper cotton. It’s smooth (almost unrealistically so) and very thin.

Fit and Style

As I mentioned above, these shirts are very on-trend right now. They are somewhat like a mullet: business up top, party in the back? If you are only looking collar bone and up most will think you have a button-down on. But show the whole picture and — is this some weird polo shirt?

Either way, the fit is great, cut a little loose while still looking sharp. The style is what I am going to dub ‘laid-back but put-together casual’. Or maybe it’s more like ‘poolside cocktail formal’?

Performance

Nope. Sorry I thought it would perform much better. It’s wrinkly as hell, and thin, but somehow not that breathable. That’s not the entire story, but when I compare it to most of the other stuff I review for this site, it’s near the bottom for performance.

Here’s the deal: it’s made to be completely no-fuss. Toss in the washer, hang it dry, wear it. And in that sense the wrinkles and rumples become a part of the style. It’s what keeps it from looking weird. If you iron/steam this then the looks is really like a mullet. If you leave it be, the look is relaxed. So in that vein, there is a nice style-performance with the care of this.

The last point is that it is weirdly not the breathable. However the thinness also means it doesn’t insulate at all, thus it actually wears well in warm-to-cold environments. Think those that take you from a hot outside, to a chilly AC interior. You won’t be overly hot outside, and the shirt does dry fast if you sweat in it. And inside the AC doesn’t seem to be penetrating your soul through the shirt. Very hard to describe. It’s light without being breezy.

Overall

I still really like this shirt, and would wear it all the time for work from home. But it’s not performance. So while I recommend it, I don’t in the vein of performance, as a standard athletic poly shirt performs better. But, of all the shirt-sleeved items I have reviewed on this site, none look as good as what Alex Mill made here.

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Alex Mill Paper Cotton Popover

Alex Mill Blazer

Alex Mill is a small clothing house which makes items tailored towards a more modern casual to smart casual wardrobe. One thing which caught my eye about the brand is how they take a style first approach towards making functional clothing. It’s almost like classic items with modern cuts and subdued performance highlights. Their Mill Blazer seemed to fit a hole I had perfectly, so I snapped it up to throw on for work, or a night out.

Material

This is the cotton-twill variant which is 98% cotton, and 2% spandex. The jacket is unstructured with no lining or any other details. The hand feel is fantastic, thick and durable feeling but still soft to the touch.

Interestingly, the 2% spandex is actually noticeable when you wear the jacket. It’s not going to make you feel like you have full and free movement, but it is enough to allow give where and when needed. More than that, this allows the material to look and drape properly.

Fit and Style

Aces on both here. The style is great, it will dress up a casual outfit, and tone down a more dressed up look. The Vintage Kahki color is also great, and pairs well with most pants that I wear.

My standard size large produced a great fit, and you’ll find it is a more tailored fit than not. I think their size charts accurately reflect the fit of the items. The style itself is a casual blazer, which means it will dress up a pair of jeans, and dress down nicer chinos. Dead on smart casual for style here.

Performance

Unfortunately, the performance of this jacket isn’t there. It wrinkles when you wear it, the weight is mid-weight and will work well in cooler, but not cold weather. It soaks up water, no repellency here.

The only performance aspect is the minor stretch — which I think is quite nice, but certainly not enough to stand up to the Kinetic blazer. When compared to other performance blazers, this one fails. When compared to stuffier blazers I have owned in the past, this is a refreshing change.

Overall

Here’s the thing, it is super comfortable to wear this jacket all day long. I love the fit and style and that alone means that the touch of stretch is welcomed. However, it is hard to compare it to the other blazers I have reviewed for this site. Every other blazer listed on this site, is a better performing garment — flat out.

That said, every other blazer reviewed here to date, cannot hold a candle to the Mill Blazer when it comes to style. The Mill Blazer is cut better, wears better, and looks correct. There’s an odd balance there. When paired with a high performing shirt, the blazer works well and as long as you wear it in normal temps for normal tasks you are fine.

You’ll need to decide which is more important: style, or performance. I have yet to find a blazer that does both well.

For me, this will not make it in my suitcase when I travel for work, but will likely be my go to when I travel for personal trips. It will also likely become my go to blazer for the office as well.

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Alex Mill Blazer

Western Rise Site-wide Sale

Western Rise, one of our favorite brands, is having a 20% off site-wide sale through Friday.

Just this week their new Active Collection arrived for us to try, so be on the lookout for full reviews. I am trying out the Spectrum Jogger, which are made from a stretchy warp knit fabric with a nice texture to it. Ben is giving the Session Tee and Movement Short a try as some new workout gear.

Two of our other favorites to check out are the Evolution Pant (our review) and the Limitless Merino Button-Down (our review). If you are looking for something more casual, the Diversion Pant (our review) and X Cotton Everyday Tee (our review) are good picks.

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Western Rise Site-wide Sale

Lululemon Evolution Polo

Since we started Everyday Wear we’ve been reading people’s glowing reviews and recommendation of lululemon business casual wear. We gave in this summer and chose some pieces to try.

My first is the Evolution Polo and seeing that we are in the middle of a heatwave, it is a great time to test it.

Material

The material is a blend of 82% Polyester, 10% Lyocell, 5% Lycra® elastane, 3% X-static® nylon. It also contains an anti-odor technology.

Silverescent® technology, powered by X-STATIC®, inhibits the growth of odour-causing bacteria on the garment”

This is a light- to mid-weight fabric, not as light as something like the Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo (our review), but lighter than the Ministry of Supply Apollo 3 Polo (our review).

The fabric has a subtle knit texture with no technical sheen, giving it some visual interest over the typical non-pique polo. The addition of the 5% Lycra® adds great stretch in both directions.

Wrinkle resistance is unfortunately missing. While it doesn’t wrinkle further while wearing, it comes out of a wash and hang dry with wrinkles like what you see in the photos.

Performance

The performance is middle of the road.

The polo wicks sweat well, but it doesn’t dry as fast as I would like (although even in a light color, it doesn’t show strong sweat marks). Despite the fabric being damp, I didn’t find it uncomfortable in 90°F+ heat and high humidity.

When it comes to the odor resistance claims, the technology seems to help give the polo more odor resistance than a traditional synthetic option, but it’s nothing amazing. I’ll put it this way, on a long travel day, you won’t smell by dinner time, but you likely won’t get a second days wear.

The unique part of the performance is the stretch. It is by far the most stretchy polo I own (and stretches equally in both horizontal and vertical directions). So if stretch is the main feature you are looking for in a polo, this might be a contender.

Fit & Style

The fit is straight and the length works both tucked and untucked. With the sizing chart, I ordered my usual XL, and it fits well.

Both the subtle texture and sharp collar make for a polo that works from casual to business casual.

Overall

The lululemon Evolution Polo is a middle of the road performance polo, with its biggest differentiator being the high level of stretch.

At $88, I don’t think this is a great value. Not recommended.

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Lululemon Evolution Polo

Bonobos Short Sleeve Linen Henley

I’ve been looking for more warm weather shirts to wear and test out, and came across the Bonobos Linen Henley. I grabbed one to test out, and while nice, it is an imperfect shirt.

I’ve been testing it in the heat for some time now, so let us dive in.

Materials

This is a 100% linen shirt with a very open knit to it. The linen itself is still a little rough feeling, but as typical with linen it should soften over time. More than the fabric, it is the open knit of the shirt which really stands out here.

It can almost feel see through at times, and yet the fabric itself feels substantial. From that perspective, it is really neat.

Fit and Style

This is a great looking Henley, with a sweater like look, but still light and airy. There is a slight cuff around the waist and the arms to enhance the sweater like feel to the style. Overall the style of the shirt is fantastic.

The fit is where things get tricky with this shirt, I ordered my normal Large, but should have tried to get a large-tall in this shirt as I find the body to be short feeling. But in appearance it doesn’t look short at all — I can’t reconcile that for you. I think the cuff around the waist makes the shirt feel like it is constantly riding up your waist all day.

One thing to note is that the shirt does tend to shrink up vertically after being washed and hung to dry. You can pull it once dry to get the length back and it stays until washed again, which is nice. However be warned that any pull on this shirt, if not done carefully and evenly, will result in warping and stupid looking spots on the shirt. Very odd. The fabric, even when hung dry, tightens back up and requires a bit of tugging to get it back to the shape it came in, but that’s rife with problems as the fabric shows any little mishap in your tugging on it.

Performance

The idea with this shirt is that it is a sharp looking Henley which wears cool. Both the linen fabric, and the open knit lend itself to being exactly that. But, the shirt falls down a bit when you really put it to the test. Because in the hot and humid outdoor weather here in Houston, this shirt fails.

The shirt soaks up moisture and seems to hold on to it. While the shirt is breathable, that goes away once wet with sweat. This is one of the warmer shirts I own to wear outdoors, and yet it wears cool inside where the AC is in full effect.

My bet is that in a drier climate this would be great even outdoors, but otherwise it doesn’t work well in the humidity. It gets wet enough that I had trouble taking the shirt off, so yeah. Those of you in Arizona might love this.

I’ll stop short of saying it doesn’t perform, because it does wear very nicely indoors and on less humid days. But I will say to avoid this if you live somewhere humid. There are better options, even other linens perform better in humidity.

Overall

Not great for hot and humid, but still pretty solid and a really good looking shirt. If you can find it on sale, go for it. Otherwise you might look towards different options.

At $88, I would pass on it.

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Bonobos Short Sleeve Linen Henley

Baracuta G9 “Harrington” Jacket

The Harrington jacket is a classic design, which has been reimagined by most menswear brands out there. Each claiming to bring modern performance to a classic style jacket. I wanted one badly, and so I started looking, and decided to get the one I wanted, the original, the classic Baracuta G9.

In looking at how to size this jacket, and which color to pick, I learned that this wasn’t just cotton. In fact, it was originally made to be a performance jacket. I bought it not thinking of reviewing it here, but after wearing it and owning it for a while, we need to talk about it — because I am completely unsure why anyone thinks this is not a performance jacket.

It was made for the tough golf outings on a rainy and windy day. Something that allowed you move (swing a club) while keeping you warm and dry. Yeah, shocked me too…

Material

I figured this was going to be something all cotton, that’s what it looked like. But I was surprised to learn it is a 50-50 Cotton-Poly make up. The inner lining is Coolmax brand cotton-poly as well. What I find most interesting is the weight, despite looking heavy, it wears very light with excellent venting. You won’t find this great in Houston outside of winter, but I could see myself wearing this most summer evenings/nights back in the Pacific Northwest.

The material itself does wrinkle a touch when pressed and packed. However in most wear the wrinkles fall out and the jacket always looks sharp. The hand feel on the jacket is near perfect. With it mostly feeling like a strong cotton, and cotton always feels the best.

Fit and Style

Perhaps the two most iconic jackets a man can wear are the Trucker (jean jacket) and the Bomber jacket. But, that’s likely because most men simply don’t know what this style of jacket is called, Harrington. It often gets grouped up with Bomber jackets, and has been a staple of menswear and style since it arrived on the seen in the late 1930s. Made iconic by people like James Dean and many others in Hollywood.

There are two fits to this jacket: classic and archive/authentic (they keep changing the name). Classic fits slimmer, archive/authentic boxier. Either is fine. James Dean wore it loose, James Bond wears it slimmer. I went with the classic cut, and it looks amazing. Rarely does something bring a smile to my face the moment I put it on, but this did.

The sizing can be a bit tricky. They size in European sizes, but I found their online size guide to be spot on. They list a US Large as a 44, and that’s what I ordered. It fits perfectly.

Performance

This was always designed to be a high quality performance jacket. Here’s how Sven Raphael Schneider at Gentleman’s Gazette explains it:

It was therefore no surprise that initially it became extremely popular among golfers, as it was designed to keep the rain away from the wearer without compromising appearance. The angled flap pockets were ideal for keeping golf balls and its elasticised waist and wrists allowed for a free swing of the arms. There was also an element of ventilation in its design that made it ideal for sports in general. In fact, the “G” in the name designation stands for golf, and the Japanese named it a “swing jacket” because it was worn on the golf course.

I am amazed that this jacket performs as well as it does for understated materials. The jacket has decent venting and decent water repellency. I cannot imagine using it in heavy rain for long periods of time, nor would I want to wear it when the temps get above 75°F. That said, water beads off nicely, and the jacket does offer breathability.

Care tags have a little pocket inside the jacket.
Care tags have a little pocket inside the jacket.

Where I think this jacket really excels is in mobility. The cut of this jacket allows for a lot of movement. You can drive without the sleeves tugging back, and yes you can most certainly swing a golf club easily while wearing it. And yet it works with jeans and a t-shirt, all the way to business casual.

Overall

This is my favorite jacket I own, I love it, and I want more. It is not cheap, at $390 retail it really is out there, but I think the quality of the jacket speaks for itself. And it is telling that even at that price, I will likely buy another.

There are a lot of colors for this jacket, and so let me tell you why I selected ‘natural’ as my jacket: it contrasts almost all my pants the best. Basically the best advice I read was to look at the pants color you wear the most, and select the color jacket that will look best with those. I only own one pair of khaki pants, so the choice was easy for me. Navy, Black, Natural, and Green are the go to colors for this jacket, so use that as a starting point. I will say James Bond wears black, James Dean wore red… so to each his own — they all look amazing.

This jacket is a classic for a reason, recommended.

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Baracuta G9 “Harrington” Jacket

Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo

While we’ve found some great performance pieces from Proof, I’ve resisted trying their 72-Hour Merino Polo because I wasn’t sure how I felt about the snaps instead of buttons. I’ve been wearing this polo at home for work and outside in some very hot temps, and I am impressed.

Material

The polo is made from Proof’s 72 Hour merino fabric (89% 16.5 micron New Zealand merino, 11% nylon).

This fabric is lightweight; not so much that it is see-thru while wearing, but holding it up to the light, it appears quite sheer. This makes it a great merino option for the depths of summer heat.

There are no UPF claims here, and it’s not a fabric that I would trust to protect me from strong sun.

Performance

The lightweight fabric makes this one of my most comfortable merino pieces for the heat. Even though merino does soak up moisture, the fabric dries so quickly, you never feel damp.

This is also great when washing the polo — it was almost dry out of the washer and was dry within 15 minutes. I’d venture to guess that you could hand wash the shirt hand have it be dry within a few hours. Any wrinkles from the washer also fell out completely.

Odor resistance-wise this shirt is as expected for 89% merino — it usually needs to be washed for some other reason before it smells.

Fit & Style

The polo is described as a “trim, athletic fit”. I find it to have a straight fit, but more along the lines of a nice t-shirt rather than a polo. This, along with the length (it is most suited for untucked wear), works with the more casual style. It looks great with shorts, but could also be dressed up with a pair of chinos (probably not for business wear though). The normal XL size I get from Proof works well.

For a polo, the collar is a make or break feature — I didn’t have high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. The collar is described as a “free collar rests around the neck and retains shape”. This is an apt description that makes more sense once you wear the shirt. The collar doesn’t have any structure, but I don’t find it to get folded under, curled, or sloppy. It helps that the collar dries flat without any fussy positioning to dry.

On to the placket at the neck. Rather than buttons, there are two low-profile snaps in a matte black finish. After wearing the polo, they grew on me and they fit with the overall style. My only concern is the durability of the fabric from the force of undoing the snaps — that remains to be seen.

Overall

If you are looking for a casual polo to wear in the heat, the 72-Hour Merino Polo is a great option. It handles the heat, dries quickly with no wrinkles, and adds something extra over a t-shirt.

Even at the full price of $88, I think the polo is a great value. It can also often be found in Huckberry’s (Proof’s parent company) sales.

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Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo

The New, Outlier New Ways

For 2020, Outlier updated one of our favorite pairs of shorts with a simple, but awesome change. There is only one thing about these New-New Ways (and New Way Longs that has been changed, and that is the pocket material.

Outlier has always billed the New Ways as a singular pair of shorts, which can do everything. They can be dressed up for a night out, the are durable and rugged for wooded adventures, and they are always pool ready. New Ways have been my primary shorts since 2016 (and the only ones I wear outside of items for review here). I have swam in them and traveled with them all over.

This update is fantastic.

A core part of any item which you rely on to keep you cool, is the ability for that item to breathe — to allow moisture to easily escape your body. One obvious area that most items gets tripped up is the pockets — the addition of any material makes for reduced breathability here. We’ve all felt that pain.

Pockets are also doubly important to be designed correctly to keep items in them. And, when talking about swimming, to drain water quickly out of them. To handle this, New Ways originally had a mostly Supplex pocket, with a strong mesh “port” full width along the bottom of each pocket. This allowed for the pockets to be durable, drain quick enough to swim in, and hold items well.

However they didn’t drain that well, and they held moisture on a hot and humid day.

This is no more. The updated New Ways have full mesh pockets in the front (it is a finer, elastic mesh) and the back pockets retain Supplex against your body, and full mesh on the outer face (this helps them lay flat).

Top: new. Bottom: old.
Top: new. Bottom: old.

This change is fantastic. If you swim in New Ways, the performance add is enormous. If you live in a hot and humid area (as I do in Houston) you will immediately notice that the breathability of the front pocket areas is tremendously better.

Blue: new. Gray: old.
Blue: new. Gray: old.

The one area of compromise: how the pockets carry. As I mentioned, they are elastic, and so really heavy items will bounce a bit in the pocket. But I have yet to find this to be problematic in use. To test how well they carried items, I have been alternating between the original New Ways and the updated variants around my house to see if I lose any items. Thankfully I cannot tell the difference at all, these hold items just as well as the old New Ways.

This is a great update, and one you might want to take the plunge into if your life has you doing a lot of impromptu swimming, or if your humidity levels live well about habitable. Great work all around.

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The New, Outlier New Ways