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Goodbye Plaid, Hello Flylow Anderson

A shirt to upgrade the wardrobe of a self-proclaimed un-stylish mountain dude

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Price: $60

Materials: 50% bamboo, 50% polyester

Features: Breathable, wicking, antimicrobial, 50+ UPF sun protection

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We’re all familiar with it. Scruffy beard, flannel shirt, possibly missing a shower—ring a bell? It’s the quintessential mountain man uniform. I get it, it’s easy to roll out of bed everyday and pick from a pile of questionably clean clothes. Dudes, if you’re going to do that you might as well bypass flannel for a shirt that makes you look fly. I took it upon myself to upgrade the wardrobe of one self-proclaimed un-stylish mountain dude this fall (alas, the Anderson does not come in a women’s-specific version) as he hiked, biked, traveled, and socialized all over Colorado. The results? He still has a scruffy beard but at least he looks presentable around town.

Flylow takes the guesswork out of looking ‘put together’ with the short-sleeved, collared Anderson Shirt, bringing a touch of effortless style to mountain men near and far. Reminiscent of a bike mechanic’s shirt, the Anderson–a 50/50 blend of Bamboo and Polyester–bodes stink-resistancy thanks to renewable, antimicrobial bamboo that kept our extra-sweaty tester smelling fresh as a daisy. Switching gears from sport to serious (sans shower or clean shirt) was easy thanks to wicking polyester that helped the nearly soaked shirt dry in less time than it took to drink a beer (about ten minutes). Metal snaps button up the shirt for a classy, almost dressed up look and the lightweight construction was more than welcomed on days where warmer temps accompanied adventure. The relaxed fit won big with our sweaty dude—the cut offers room to move but still fits true to size—and incorporating wind or insulating layers with colder temperatures means he’ll wear it all spring, summer, and fall.

In the spirit of do-it-all equipment (think one-ski-quiver) the Anderson makes a solid effort but left my tester wishing for one thing: sleeves, for February. Either way, the highlight of Flylow’s new spring line scored bonus points for nailing function and form on the head.

Skiing Hot: Go from desk, to trail, to cocktails (clean, sweaty, clean enough) without making a serious wardrobe change.

Skiing Not: Took on noticeable weight when wet, even though it dried quickly.

PHOTO: Crystal Sagan