June 21, 2012

Review: Filson's Alaskan Guide Shirt

Six months of abuse on two Alaskan Guide Shirts has proven to be indiscernible. Comfortable fit, room to move, and toughness are absolutes when purchasing my outdoor clothing. From ice fishing for brook trout to working fireside on cool spring evenings – these shirts have been ideal. Filson’s website calls the product a “favorite of bush pilots, year-round guides, and anyone who works or hunts in the cold.” I’m not a pilot, guide, or hunter, but I would already recommend this for anyone who spends and enjoys time in the outdoors.

Absolute durability is apparent with each use. Bushwacking through dense brush and overgrown forests to reach fishing holes is worriless and snag-free. When the sun drops below the tree line, along with the temperatures, the 7 oz. shirt holds your body heat well. Warmer weather has pushed my favorite shirts a few hangers back in the closet, but summer in Maine is a short season.

I will warn that the shirt is long until laundered. I wear size large and was astonished when I held the shirt up and looked at the length. I was hoping they’d sent the wrong size. But, after washing and drying on medium heat – each shrunk to a perfect size. I’d also note that a button or two were loose on both shirts. After a quick stitch, they are now solid as a rock.

Overall, The Alaskan Guide Shirt is already a Backwoods Plaid favorite. It’s been a staple for Filson since the beginning and so will it be with me. I look forward to providing plenty of wear and tear in hopes that it holds up and always looks as good as it does now. Swing into the Filson online store to pick one up.

P.S. – I successfully passed the motorcycle course and received my license in this shirt last weekend. I’m thinking plaid will look damn good atop a blacked out Harley Davidson.









11 comments:

Nigel said...

I like Filson goods, I just invested in a Mackinaw Cruiser and last winter acquired a Mackinaw vest. I'm adding these to my "wish list", they look good solid dependable shirts.

Rhon Bell said...

Hey Nigel,

The Mackinaw vest is awesome, too. I find lots of occasion here in Maine to put it to use.

Drop me a comment when you pickup the Alaskan Guide Shirt to let me know what you think.

-Rhon

Steve C. said...

Had this Filson shirt for years. Good choice...

Adam Turner said...

Nice looking threads, but I wouldn't wear them backpacking. Cotton, especially as thick as that, could be deadly in the sticks. Merino or synthetics is the only way to go. For around town? Sure, good-looking shirt.

Rhon Bell said...

Adam, I agree with you. If I were venturing out in the cold for example, I'm not wearing cotton. This shirt would be more of a work horse - chopping wood, an afternoon bird hunting, or a day at work.

Rhon Bell said...

Adam, I agree with you. If I were venturing out in the cold for example, I'm not wearing cotton. This shirt would be more of a work horse - chopping wood, an afternoon bird hunting, or a day at work.

Rhon Bell said...

Adam, I agree with you. If I were venturing out in the cold for example, I'm not wearing cotton. This shirt would be more of a work horse - chopping wood, an afternoon bird hunting, or a day at work.

Dustin said...

I have the Mackinaw Cruiser, Shelter cloth Fly Vest and jacket, 1.5" Belt and numerous other pieces. Most of their items are very practic
Here's how I feel about Filson. The fit, craftsmanship and durability are legendary. Most is made overseas anymore and it costs about 3X what it should. That means you can buy 3 shirts for the same price as one.
They have great customer service (warranty).
Somethings they make you can buy even better (shoes, down for super cold, socks, luggage,etc and spend less.
If you can pick their items up used (Ebay) they can often be a terrific bargain.

Rhon Bell said...

Dustin, I have a lot friends who swear by the Mackinaw Cruiser. I'm thinking of getting it for this winter. Although I agree that the prices are rather high - I would surely shell out that cash for American made goods, however it seems that many are made overseas. However, with that said - they all are great quality items that are sold by a great American company with a great outdoor heritage - that my friend is a lifestyle I can live by.

Dustin said...

I have seen double Macks on Ebay for as low as $150. That piece is made in USA. I picked up mine at Cabelas Tent Sale about 6 yrs ago for $100! It's a classic look, and warm to boot, but if this wind is strong it will go thru. Down (with hood) is my go to for very cold. They make a hat to match the coat, but if I'm fishing I wear a Mad Bomber and haven't found warmer.

Rhon Bell said...

I like Down myself for most outdoor sports too, but to be out in the woods - it can be easily ripped and then is a mere piece of material without insulation. The Mad Bomber is by far the best ice fishing hat - agreed.