Faherty Brand Epic Quilted Fleece Pullover

Note: This pullover was provided by Faherty Brand for review purposes.

With the pandemic and work from home still part of daily life, a good pullover has become an essential part of my wardrobe now that the weather is changing. My office is located in one of the cooler portions of my house, so I often find myself adding and removing layers throughout the day. Lacking a nice looking pullover, I had been resorting to a sweatshirt or one of my technical mid-layers, not the best look for video calls. Enter the Faherty Brand Epic Quilted Fleece Pullover which solved that and more.

Material

The fabric is a three-layer, double-knit jacquard. The faces are cotton with a poly layer in the middle for insulation, bringing the content to 67% cotton, 33% polyester. An interesting part of the material is that rather than being stitched, the quilting looks like it’s fused through the fabric — no loose threads here.

The hand feel of the fabric is super soft, which is likely why the care instructions are to machine wash cold, inside out — the website states tumble dry low while the tag says lay flat dry. I haven’t seen any pilling on either side though, so that’s a great sign for long term durability. One note: it does not dry quickly.

Fit and Style

I am on the cusp of L/XL sizing, and since the large short sleeve button down I have from them fits closely, I decided to go with the XL for plenty of room for layering. A large would likely have fit, but I’ve been enjoying the extra room.

Faherty Brand states “”Sweatshirt-level comfort with extra polish” was our M.O. when designing this midweight layer.” and I think they hit that spot on. The quilting, chest pocket, snaps, and ribbed cuffs and hem make this a great looking layer. I’d have no problems wearing it into the office.

Performance

This pullover exceeded my expectations in performance. I was able to wear it over a t-shirt on a windy 40 °F day and be comfortable outside walking the dog. The ribbed hem was welcome here, keeping the wind out.

It also breathes well enough that I was also completely comfortable inside. The snap neck adds to the versatility, allowing for some adjustment of heat retention.

The only downside to the performance is how long it takes to dry. Definitely not something you’d want exposed to wet weather.

Overall

The Epic Quilted Fleece Pullover is just that, epic. It looks great from casual to business casual and is comfortable in a wide range of temperatures.

While I likely would have hesitated with the $148 price point before wearing it, but I think it’s fairly priced for the level of finish and quality of the materials.

It’s also available in a CPO style, for anyone who prefers a jacket over a pullover.

Recommended.

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Faherty Brand Epic Quilted Fleece Pullover

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Taylor Stitch The Camp Pant

Taylor Stitch has quite a few standard items that they make in different fabrics. The Camp Pant is one of them, and I’ve been testing the pants in the Dark Olive Boss Duck. You can also find these in Corduroy, Wool, Herringbone, and Reverse Sateen.

Let’s dive in.

Material

Boss Duck is Taylor Stitch’s workwear fabric. I believe there were iterations before this version, but here it is a 12 oz., light stone washed blend of 54% hemp, 30% recycled polyester, 14% organic cotton, 2% spandex.

That’s a mouthful, but what it comes down to is a heavy, tough workwear fabric that feels soft from the start. When I looked up the content, I was surprised to see the spandex listed. I hadn’t noticed any stretch in the fabric while wearing, but now that I’m looking for it, I can feel it by hand as just a slight stretch in the horizontal direction.

The hemp content here is what helps increase the fabric’s strength, gives it a great texture, and gives it some performant features.

Fit & Style

The Camp Pant and the more workwear styled The Chore Pant share a cut. I find it to be relaxed without looking baggy or sloppy and something that should fit in well with the trend towards less slim pants. These styles also come with a button, rather than zip fly.

The fit is spot on where you don’t ever feel restricted, even though the fabric doesn’t really have stretch to speak of. This is also helped by the availability of even and odd waist sizing, as you can make sure you have a good waist fit. This is important because the waist is the only place I occasionally noticed the lack of stretch.

To be noted — this fabric comes in the old 36” inseam, but they are currently transitioning to 34” inseam and offering free mail-in tailoring.

This style could find its way into a business casual wardrobe (front slash pockets, rear patch pockets), although not in this fabric. The hemp texture, for me at least, keeps it in the casual realm. It looks really sharp with a flannel or other casual shirt for the weekend.

Performance

The high hemp content of this fabric not only helps with the durability and abrasion resistance, but also with the breathability. I found these pants to have a wider range of comfortable temperatures than a standard cotton or cotton/poly workwear pant in this weight.

Even though they are breathable enough for a warmer day or heavy work, I also found that the weave of the fabric seems to keep cold wind from cutting through the pants — something I was wondering about when wearing these comfortably before the temperatures dropped. I’d call these three-season.

Overall

The Camp Pant in Olive Boss Duck is a great use of workwear fabric in a less-casual cut. These are at home anywhere from on the weekend hanging out with friends, to chopping wood or woodworking. The fabric is three-season for the northeast temperatures, and wouldn’t be too heavy for the colder months down south. They come broken-in, and I expect them to only soften up more with wear.

At $128 they are certainly on the high end of the pricing spectrum. I’m not sure I’d pay quite that much for them, but if you can grab them during one of Taylor Stitch’s sales, I think they are a great value.

Recommended. Buy from Taylor Stitch for the full line-up, or Huckberry for a more limited selection.

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Taylor Stitch The Camp Pant

Wellen Stretch Chore Coat

The chore coat seems to be the new hot outerwear item this Fall. I’ve been wearing the Wellen Stretch Chore Coat for a few months now, with a lot of wear recently with the cooler weather.

Material

This jacket is a lighter hemp canvas made from 66% organic cotton, 32% hemp, 2% spandex.

The texture looks like a tough canvas, but the hand-feel is quite soft since it is garment washed. The 2% spandex adds a slightly noticeable stretch while the hemp adds strength and breathability.

Overall, this seems like it will be a long-wearing, casual fabric.

Fit & Style

The jacket is listed as a “tailored, athletic cut” as well as a “Classic workwear silhouette made with sustainable materials you can feel good about wearing”. I’d put it more towards that tailored cut. I ended up with a XL, which is listed as a 48” chest (I have a 44” chest). It has room for layering with a heavy flannel, but wouldn’t fit something bulky like a hoodie. So if you want to wear this over a thick insulation layer, size up.

Style-wise this is fully casual workwear. Something that can look good with a flannel and boots, but not something that you are going to dress up or wear to an office job. The patch pockets and shank buttons work well with the style.

Performance

The performance is in the hemp content of the fabric. When I first got this jacket, it was still warm out, but the jacket was comfortable even in the 60s (ºF) — the hemp makes it quite breathable. I could even see this being a shirt to throw on over a t-shirt in the summer when you need some extra protection. While I haven’t abused it yet, the fabric seems like it will hold up quite well to the abrasion of using it for woodworking or the like.

The stretch content is not very noticeable in the hand, I don’t feel my motion ever being restricted, so it must be doing something since the cut is a bit tailored. Likely the splits at the side seams also help when the jacket is buttoned.

The pockets are what make a chore coat have its unique style and functionality. Here the lower two patch pockets are dual-entry, meaning you can store something in the top opening, while having a side opening available to warm your hands. There also is a generous interior chest pocket for something like a phone or wallet and an exterior chest pocket.

The functioning sleeve buttons also add to the performance, allowing you to easily roll up the sleeves

Overall

The Stretch Chore Coat from Wellen is a worthy contender in the sea of chore coats that have been coming out for the Fall. The lighter weight but durable fabric makes it a very versatile piece. A great option if you are going for a comfortable and casual chore coat or something you want to do heavy work in. Currently on sale for $75 ($128 retail price), it is a great deal. Recommended.

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Wellen Stretch Chore Coat

Pistol Lake All-Around Shorts

Note: These shorts were provided free of charge by Pistol Lake for review.

I’ve been wearing Pistol Lake since they released their Minimalist Tee (our review). They recently updated their All-Around Shorts, taking into account customer feedback, and I was excited to give them a try as they looked like a good combination of workout and casual shorts (more on this later).

Material

These shorts are made from a 90% nylon/10% spandex blend with four-way stretch and a DWR coating. Weighing in at 213 gsm, it is a substantial fabric, but the weight doesn’t take away from the comfort, it simply adds to the durability.

There is no technical sheen here, and minimal texture — the fabric just blends in.

The inside of the fabric does have more of a texture with very low loops, making it feel comfortable against the skin.

Unfortunately, there is some “technical swoosh” while walking. It did tone down some with washing, but I don’t expect it to ever go completely away.

Fit & Style

The fit is great. It is slightly tailored to help make the shorts more versatile, but not so much that they don’t work for exercise. The size chart is spot on (just remember that the waist measurements are actual and not vanity sizing). The 9” inseam works well for me and is a nice middle ground for versatile shorts.

As I mentioned in the intro, these fall more into the exercise shorts that look great around town vs. the great looking shorts that you can exercise in (like Outlier New Ways (our review)).

I’ve both worn these out of the house and for working out, and think they do well in both situations. They are certainly a step above gym shorts for casual wear, but remain casual.

The only negatives to the style are the lack of a button (they are elastic waist) and the pocket flare. Pistol Lake did reduce pocket flare with the 2.0 variant, but it’s still there for me, especially on the right side pocket where the cell phone pouch is located.

Performance

These shorts perform well. They stay out of the way, don’t bind, and don’t soak up sweat or get clammy. They seem breathable, but I wasn’t able to test them in hot weather.

Being elastic waistband, I’m glad they don’t have an external draw string, but found it strange there was not an internal one. While I didn’t feel like I needed a drawstring, it always is a nice addition on these shorts that are designed to be worn anywhere.

Pistol Lake also included their secure phone pocket, here as a snap secure pocket inside the right front pocket.

They “reshaped pocket bags so they fall toward the middle/outer part of the thigh” for the 2.0 version, and I think the pockets are great — nice and deep without allowing your phone or other larger objects to fall over/twist. There also is a nice back pocket, adding to the feel of them not just being workout shorts.

Overall

Pistol Lake did a great job making a pair of shorts that can be versatile. At a price point of $74, they represent a good value. Much cheaper than the New Ways and not too much more than a workout only pair of shorts.

The only caveats are the noise and slight pocket flare, but I don’t think that detracts from the value enough to not recommend these shorts. While not the best out there, they are certainly worth a look, especially at the price.

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Pistol Lake All-Around Shorts

Lululemon ABC Pant Classic Warpstreme

Lululemon has had their ABC line of mens’ pants around for a while, and they are widely talked about on the travel/one bag Reddit community. A long ways back I tried on some in a store and was not super impressed, but decided to finally give them a try with their new “Warpstreme” fabric.

Specifically, I tried the ABC Pant Classic Warpstreme.

Material

These pants are made with Lululemon’s four-way stretch Warpstreme fabric, which is 100% polyester. It is heavier than I’d have expected and is smooth and has minimal texture.

While walking, these pants do make noise, and especially in bright light, they have a sheen that gives them away as technical — no mistaking these for your standard chinos.

Performance

Quite a few claims are made about these pants, so I’ll go through each:

  • Shape retention: seems to be there, haven’t had any bagging out between washes, remains to be seen how this holds up long term. I’m guessing some of this comes because there is no elastane to stretch/wear out.
  • Quick-drying: these dry about as expected for heavier polyester pants. Nothing magic, but will dry overnight.
  • Four-way stretch: yep, these are stretchy. Not the stretchiest I’ve tried, but very comfortable.
  • Breathable: in the summer heat and humidity, I didn’t find these very comfortable, so I’d challenge this feature.
  • Wrinkle resistant: yep, no wrinkles, ready to wear right from the washer.
  • Feels smooth & falls softly away from the body: not sure this is a positive, but true.

The performance features are rounded out by a crotch gusset, a nicely done hidden zipper in the right back pocket, and reflective tape inside the outside seams that is visible when the pant leg is rolled up, for bicycle commuters.

Fit & Style

These pants come in both a “Classic” and “Slim” cut. I have the Classic variation, and I’d say it fits straight with room in the seat and thighs, all while not being baggy. The fit works well for me and the style is classic five-pocket.

With no-to-minimal break, you wouldn’t ID these as technical fabric, but the drape seems like it could be off if you prefer more break. The sheen and noise, however, do give these away. While the sheen isn’t noticeable in normal indoor light, it really shows in the sun or harsh lighting.

The final straw to keep these pants from blending in is the seam across the back of the knee, these typically are added to very technical pants to keep the pants from binding when you bend your knee. It is disappointing that Lululemon decided to add these here, as with four-way stretch, they shouldn’t be needed.

I purchased the “Obsidian” color, which I expected to be grey (as it looks in the Lululemon website photos), but it turned out to be a blue-grey, leaning towards the blue side.

Overall

These pants retail for $128, and I don’t think they are worth that price. There are numerous other pants we’ve reviewed that fit in this category (high stretch but good looks) that are better (Olivers Passage Pant, Western Rise Diversion Pant, Aether Kelso Pant).

If you live somewhere where it’s hard (or expensive) to get our other picks, these aren’t bad, but wait for a good sale.

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Lululemon ABC Pant Classic Warpstreme

Jungmaven Baja Tee

Jungmaven focuses on hemp-forward, casual apparel, and has been at it since the early 90s. The founder is a founding member of the industry association that helped make growing hemp legal again in the US. They are now working on helping to increase production and build the infrastructure to knit hemp in the US.

When I saw this mission and how long they’ve had to perfect the hemp tee, I grabbed their Baja Tee to try during a sale about a month ago.

Material

The fabric is a mid-weight 7 oz. 55% hemp/45% organic cotton blend. This is the fabric they started with and I think it shows. The weight (they compare an average cotton tee at 5 oz.) makes it substantial and gives it a natural drape and handfeel.

Being a majority hemp blend, the fabric does have a slightly rough look to it, making it casual without looking worn out or sloppy. Hemp also gets softer with each wash while still remaining strong, making it a great choice for a casual shirt.

Performance

This t-shirt performs much better than its weight. Typically a 7 oz. fabric would be too warm for the summer, but with the breathability and moisture wicking of the hemp, this shirt remained comfortable, even on days into the 90s °F. The heavier weight also makes it nice when moving in and out of air conditioning, as it seems to keep that “AC chill” away.

As discussed by Jungmaven, hemp also has antibacterial properties and sheds dirt more readily than other materials. I found these claims to be true, as I got at least 3-5 wears out of the shirt between each wash.

The only area where this shirt is lacking is in its’ drying ability. When it gets wet, it takes a long while to dry. While the breathability keeps me dry while wearing it, when I got stuck in a rainstorm, I had to change shirts when I got home.

Fit and Style

This shirt has a great fit that I think is coming back in style, it is a little boxy and shorter than most of my XL tees, but in a good way.

The fit combined with the fabric makes puts it solidly in the casual category. The natural drape and classic look keep it looking good (and much better than a workout tee for those work from home video calls).

Overall

The Baja Tee has been my most worn t-shirt since I got it at the beginning of August. The weight and style make it perfect for working from home and around town. I think it will continue to get a lot of wear into the Fall, due to the great weight.

Highly recommended, and if you like something a lighter, there also is a 5 oz. fabric in the same blend.

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Jungmaven Baja Tee

Western Rise Spectrum Jogger

Note: these were provided by Western Rise at no cost for review.

When Western Rise launched their new Active Collection, I was excited to see the Spectrum Jogger, as I was already thinking that I needed another pair of joggers going into Fall.

Joggers are something that can easily go too far in the fashion or comfort directions, but Western Rise hit the sweet spot with these pants. Performant for exercise while still looking great.

Material

The joggers are made from a 100% polyester, warp-knit, four-way mechanical stretch fabric with a C6 DWR from Toray in Japan. It weighs in at 220 gsm, so it is substantial.

What does that all mean? The hand feel is soft like a knit fabric, but it is thicker and more durable like a woven. The DWR helps repel water and stains. All while having a firm stretch so they can move with you.

This is the perfect material for a jogger.

Performance

Being a warm summer, I hadn’t had a chance to give these pants much of a try until we had an early morning in the 50s (°F). I wore these for a run and I was impressed by the performance. Typically, I don’t wear pants for exercise until its into the 40s but these pants breath so well they remained comfortable. I was expecting to get too hot, but never got there. That in its own is enough for me to get excited about them.

They also never seemed to pick up much sweat, absorbing and releasing the moisture quite quickly. This is also beneficial when washing, as they air dry quickly.

The mechanical stretch, while firm, is surprisingly forgiving even with the modern fit. I never felt the pants binding or restricting my motion running or stretching.

Fit & Style

The fit here is great. It’s a modern cut, which for me means that there is enough room for my thighs, with a taper from the knee down, keeping them from being too big around my calves or ankles. This is a solution I prefer to the typical elastic ankle cuff you see on many joggers.

I found the design of the elastic waist to be top notch, as it never felt too tight or too loose where I needed to use the drawstring (which ends with a small knot secured by shrink tubing).

This fit combined with the fabric make these look great for around town on the weekend.

A few other touches include a zipper pocket hidden in the side seam that’s a good size for keys, and a zippered back pocket for your wallet.

Overall

These are a great entry into the jogger space, and have earned a top spot in my closet. They can easily go from a workout or hike to coffee or hanging out on the weekend. I’m excited to see how these perform as the weather cools off, as they seem like they will have a wide comfort range.

Highly recommended.

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Western Rise Spectrum Jogger

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