A Lot of Potential
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XL
I purchased this flannel in red/ochre through Backcountry subsidiary, Steep and Cheap. The reviews there and here are the same, identically, so I will post this here.
First, the pros: like other reviewers, I have to note the color way and fabric feel are stellar. Really quality material and attention to unique colors. I bought this because I could not find a fall flannel that could match the color way I wanted with the warmth of a flannel.
Cons: like all reviewers said, the sizing is really weird. I am lucky I had a ton of other reviews to read. Not just for this shirt, but other Backcountry shirts as well. I really scoured the reviews of other flannels, Tees, jackets, etc in the Backcountryâ Brand, and it is safe to say Backcountry clothes just run small. So I ordered up, and it worked. I wear a medium-standard (not slim) fit in brands like Eddie Bauer, prAna, L. L. Bean, Patagonia, Carhartt, Filson, Pendleton and others. I am an XL in this Backcountry shirt. Which, whatever. As long as it fits, and it does, with one caveat: the neck is huge. I read that in another review of a Backcountry shirt, and it is true. It is really not that noticeable, though, except it can be a bit breezy on the back of the neck on a brisk day.
All and all, I think if Backcountry dials in sizing, they will be right up there with other great brands. I’m definitely keeping this flannel around.