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11/23/2020 05:22PM  
I'm searching for a new button-down shirt that is equivalent to a Woolrich Bering Wool Shirt https://www.bobwards.com/woolrich-mens-bering-wool-shirt-106021

Apparently Woolrich has turned to the hipster crowd and has discontinued anything useful. The Bering shirt was a 7oz wool -- about the thickness of a good fleece, but not so thick that it's like a coat. It was also machine washable.

I ordered a couple of different Pendleton shirts but they were more like thick dress shirts. I really wanted to get my husband a new shirt since he's worn through the elbows of his old ones. There's only so much patching you can do before the whole arm turns into a patch!

Suggestions?
 
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mhart
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11/23/2020 06:08PM  
 
martian
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11/23/2020 06:08PM  
Pendleton lodge shirt is 9.7oz wool from the q&a portion of their site. They do last as I still wear my grandfather's.
 
11/23/2020 06:32PM  
I have several pendleton lodge and trail shirts. They are fairly beefy. If you get the "sir pendleton," those are indeed more like dress shirts.

I know I am cheap (in fact I am proud of it) and buy used stuff. You can get some almost new stuff, or more heavily discounted stuff that has a few flaws. If you buy wool that way, make sure to verify measurements and compare to something that fits well.
 
11/23/2020 07:25PM  
Patagonia's recycled wool button down shirt is my favorite
 
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11/23/2020 08:09PM  

Prettypaddle,
I am in the same exact boat. Every year for the last 5 or 6 years I would wait until Woolrich would have their after Christmas sale and buy myself a new thick wool button down. I am very disappointed in the the turn that Woolrich has taken. That's a topic for another thread. So, I have also been on a search for new button down wool.

I have found that the closest match to Woolrich is L.L. Bean. They have a Maine Guide Shirt that is 85% Wool and 15% nylon. The colors are more limited, but I think the quality is about equal.
Maine Guide Shirt

Filson is still making some wool shirts, but I find that Filson of 10 years ago isn't the Filson of today. The quality is ok but they have jacked the prices beyond what I think should be paid.

Surprisingly, I have been getting some really good deals for wool shirts off Etsy. Especially the 1970's shirts, that are more closely sized to me. And the costs are usually half of what a new one would cost.

There are niche, independent sellers that are doing some good work, but I don't have enough input from them.

Good luck.
 
SevenofNine
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11/23/2020 08:24PM  
LL Bean sells wool shirts as well. Have a look on the website for the Maine guide shirt.
 
11/24/2020 08:59AM  
Thanks for the suggestions everybody! I knew I could count on you all!

It hadn't occurred to me to check etsy but they had a vintage Woolrich shirt that looks like it'll be perfect. If not, it was cheap so I can still try one of the other options.
 
11/24/2020 01:59PM  
Woolrich still lists quite a few wool shirts, but the cost have skyrocketed past Pendelton. An unmentioned source is Johnson Wollen Mills
Even with the high cost a good quality wool shirt will last for a decade plus, making them a value though not a bargain.

Being cheap I will also recommend Ebay
Once past the used clothing fear (they wash well especially used wool), very good bargains can be found.

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tonyyarusso
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11/25/2020 10:11AM  
The used market is worth a whirl for this kind of stuff. One of my best wool shirts is a Pendleton that I got on eBay for $11. At that kind of price you can buy a pile of them and if only one of them really works out it's still worth it. Picture
 
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11/25/2020 12:18PM  
Check out Army Surplus stores in Ely and Duluth. I've replaced my 40 year old LLB wool jacket with new ones from the Ely store made by Johnson Woolen Mills. JohnsonWoolenMills.com. We usually take October canoe trips and you need to dress appropriately. I've gotten cheap wool (army surplus) pants for $5 on sale in Duluth. Instructions say dry clean, but I don't. They work great for canoe trips.
 
11/25/2020 09:18PM  
Bemidji Woolen Mill
 
Northland
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11/26/2020 12:19AM  
Be wary of the Filson shirts. It used to be that they were all made overseas and the ones I bought were junk. Now, I did not buy wool shirts, and I know all of their wool coats are made in Seattle, so it may be the same with their wool shirts.
 
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11/26/2020 08:02AM  
Lester River Bushcraft has a button down wool jacket, expensive, but worth looking at.
 
11/29/2020 11:48AM  
tonyyarusso: "The used market is worth a whirl for this kind of stuff. One of my best wool shirts is a Pendleton that I got on eBay for $11. At that kind of price you can buy a pile of them and if only one of them really works out it's still worth it. Picture"

Exactly my approach. Select what you think is a nice one, bid low, and be patient. If it goes above an attractive price, let it go and try again.
 
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