As the leaves begin to turn and the snow starts to fly, it is hard to deny that fall is in the air. Fall has always been my favorite season as it signifies the end to hot summer temperatures outside, tasty pumpkin spiced beers, unfiltered ciders, and the annual clothing swap out from shorts and t shirts to pants and long sleeves and cozy sweaters.
While the colors of the aspen tree leaves are neon yellow this time of season, muted colors tend to be the colors of choice for most brands. This means a lot of blues, dark greens, burnt oranges, khakis, etc., you get the picture. Flannels continue to be flannels and jeans and khakis don’t only come in size skinny. Below are some of the hottest styles from both large and small outdoor brands
Mountain Khakis Saloon Flannel – $79.95
When I think of style that signifies Fall, Mountain Khakis has always been a brand that pops into my head. The Mountain Khakis Saloon Flannel is that thick flannel that is sure to keep you warm and styling. With snaps to fasten up this flannel, it’s easy to regulate your temperature whether the sun comes out blazing or the cold weather clouds try to chill you to the bone.
The fit of the MK Saloon Flannel has what they call a classic fit. At 6’0 tall, 175lbs, I found that a size M is a little roomy, but sizing down to a small would be a little too small. Please select a size as you see fit.
Outdoor Research Gastown Long Sleeve Shirt $80
My favorite shirt out of the bunch, Outdoor Research creates the perfect long sleeve shirt with the Gastown. The OR Gastown truly finds the perfect blend between the mountain man and the city slicker look. As OR states, “can chop wood, but doesn’t have to advertise it” which is spot on. This shirt is great for hanging around the campfire, but if you just want to use it for hitting the town, your nickname won’t be Paul Bunyan for the night. With a 55% Cotton / 45% Polyester blend, this shirt is super soft on your skin providing stiff competition for your favorite t-shirt. While I tested out the charcoal color, the color options of the OR Gastown Long Sleeve Shirt look pretty sweet, making me wish I had this shirt in every color.
Aside from my personal preference for this shirt, I’ve received numerous compliments of this shirt while wearing it at work and out on the town from co-workers, friends and my wife. After all, that’s the true test, right?!
The fit of the OR Gastown Long Sleeve button up is exactly as you would expect. Testing out a size medium, I found the shirt to be an exact fit. Stats – 6’0 tall, 175lbs. For more info visit www.outdoorresearch.com
Toad & Co Canvas Seward Pant $85
In case you missed it, Toad & Co is hitting it out of the park with their men’s pant line. In the past, I’ve usually stuck with your mall brands such as J Crew or Banana Republic for my khakis, but Toad & Co has perfected both the fit, color, and price point for a pair of khakis. The Toad & Co Seward Canvas Pant is a blend between your favorite pair of jeans and khakis. As a Gen X’er, skinny jeans never really made it into my closet, but I like to keep up with the trends wear possible. If you haven’t tried on a pair of Toad & Co Pants on lately, I highly recommend giving them a try.
The Seward Pants have a slightly skinnier fit, but not to the point where you have to line them with Crisco to put them on. The fit near the bottom of the pants are big enough to fit around most pairs of shoes, which gives them major bonus points in my book. The fabric used in these pants is 98% organic cotton and 2% spandex which gives the Seward Pants a little spring. toadandco.com
Akinz – I just want to Ride Bikes Tee $24
Akinz, a Colorado screen printing company out of Fort Collins has a few good people drinking lots of good beers and coming up with some great designs for tee shirts, hoodies, hats, etc. After you take a look at the Akinz website, it is evident that they love the outdoors and athletic scene with plenty of fun mountain themed apparel along with some cool apparel for running, cycling, and skiing. As we have a big place in our heart for small business, I say give them a try if you have the choice!
prAna Hooded Henley Sweater $139
For when the temperatures begin to drop and you’re protesting your winter jacket, the prAna Hooded Henley Sweater is your next line of defense. This sweater hoody is super thick and warm, allowing you to keep your jacket in the closet for a few extra weeks. Contrary to your typical beefy sweaty, this sweater comes with a hood with a jersey tee lining for comfort and style. Keeping up with the trends of uniqueness, the sweater comes with draw strings for the hood, and patches on the shoulders which can come in handy when you’re wearing a day pack.
The fit of the prAna Hooded Henley Sweater runs a tad on the small side. I am 6’0 tall, 175lbs and I found that a size medium fits good, but after a washing and a little bit of shrinkage, it’s a little small.
Royal Robbins Valley Performance Plaid Long Sleeve $79
If you can’t get enough of plaid flannel shirts, Royal Robbins is no stranger. A long time maker of the plaid shirt, Royal Robbins introduces the Valley Performance Plaid Long Sleeve shirt which is perfect for both casual, but performs better than many plaids on the market that have a higher cotton to polyester ratio. Coming in at a 98% polyester and 2% spandex fabric combo, this shirt is great for your fall color hikes as you sweat out the pumpkin spiced beers you had the night before.
The fit of the Royal Robbins Valley Performance Plaid is just right. Testing out a size medium, I found this shirt to fit perfect. It looks great both tucked and tucked out.
Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt – $89
Howler Brothers, an upcoming brand for men is quickly gaining praise for style and performance for men of all breeds. The Gaucho Snapshirt is a lightweight plaid shirt that is designed to not only look good in social scenarios, but also perform whether you’re on the water or the trails. The Gaucho is made with a cotton/polyester blend including a 15 UPF to protect your body from the sun. It’s a lightweight shirt, making it great for when the temperatures are a little warmer, but still offers the sun protection with long sleeves that won’t stick to your arms. Snaps along the front of the shirt and along the cuffs are a nice touch for style.
The fit of the Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt is a little boxy, so if you have a regular to a tad heavier cut, this shirt will fit great. If you lean more towards the slender side, you might swim a little too much in this shirt.