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    Five Brother Flannel Shirts!


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    In the last couple of years I've been disapointed with the quality of flannell shirts, they where getting more expensive, and lighter weight all the time.
    The last batch of flannels I tried I sent back, 40+ dollars a shirt and "negligee' weight.

    I just discovered this brand a month ago in a small town store. These shirts are heavy weight and well constructed, not fashion plate designs, think Buffalo check. Very soft hand. Less expensive then LL Bean or etc.

    http://www.sapko.com/FiveBrother/

    I haven't found a good online suplier, here's sacks link, it has nasty javascript that may lockl up your browser though:

    http://64.251.197.86/detail.aspx?ID=485

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    Absolutely outstanding flannel shirts. I have 2 from where I worked and purchased them 8 years ago. Wash, wear, durable and are heavier ply than a regular flannel shirt.

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    They sound like good quality shirts, but dang...not available in size Small which is what I need.

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    Amen ,Brother......

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveH
    In the last couple of years I've been disapointed with the quality of flannell shirts, they where getting more expensive, and lighter weight all the time.
    The last batch of flannels I tried I sent back, 40+ dollars a shirt and "negligee' weight.

    I just discovered this brand a month ago in a small town store. These shirts are heavy weight and well constructed, not fashion plate designs, think Buffalo check. Very soft hand. Less expensive then LL Bean or etc.

    http://www.sapko.com/FiveBrother/

    I haven't found a good online suplier, here's sacks link, it has nasty javascript that may lockl up your browser though:

    http://64.251.197.86/detail.aspx?ID=485


    Friend wife bullied me into buying 2 & I love them. They serve as a cold weather jacket in Florida unless it is record cold or very windy. Mine have some years on them & they have shrunk very little. Normally ,shrinkage would be less but wife wants to wash them before they are due.
    Mine came from Beales in Daytona & were very inexpensive.

    Uncle Alan

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarsier
    They sound like good quality shirts, but dang...not available in size Small which is what I need.
    Can you buy a medium? Mens shirts don't start at Small, I may be wrong there but haven't come across it. Go back and get the medium because you don't want to pass on it. Keep throwing it in the dryer and see if that will help it shrink a little but don't wash it in hot water.

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    How tall are you and how much do you weigh? Don't tell us but I was 100 lbs and 5'6" when I bought mine and they fit. Oh you don't want to wash in hot water because in my opinion that temperature setting is overkill for nicer clothes like that. Warm or cold water instead.

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    The Filson Alaskan is a nice flannel shirt, it is made in the US (a rarity these days).
    Jerry ~

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    I haven't tried the filson, at $90 though I'd need $400 or $500 worth for regular wear. I usually spend that much once every two years for ALL my clothes that need replacing. Not complaning, just saying.

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    Cindy,

    Many shirts and jackets are available in Men's Small, but only via mail-order catalog or online shopping. This size is almost never stocked in retail stores, because so few men wear it. The only time I've seen Small stocked regularly was when I lived in an area that had a lot of Hmong and Vietnamese people... I might try the Medium. The chest and shoulders of Medium sometimes fit okay for me, but the stomach area is usually too loose, and the sleeves long and floppy.

    Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarsier
    Cindy,

    Many shirts and jackets are available in Men's Small, but only via mail-order catalog or online shopping. This size is almost never stocked in retail stores, because so few men wear it. The only time I've seen Small stocked regularly was when I lived in an area that had a lot of Hmong and Vietnamese people... I might try the Medium. The chest and shoulders of Medium sometimes fit okay for me, but the stomach area is usually too loose, and the sleeves long and floppy.

    Thanks for the info.
    You welcome tarsier, I've got 1 idea to mend that remedy of a medium and I see you are in the mid-west so it's cold there. I see local guys wearing a long sleeve medium weight cotton t-shirt under their flannel shirt and rolling up the sleeve and either tucking it all in their informal pants or to really be honest if you want to wear this with really nice pants, the extra material in the tummy area is too loose for guys. I was able to tuck mine into my thermal underwear in the winter, so that worked for me. If you can order from that catalog then I sure would persue it. I've got a sewing machine and if you lived closer I'd fix it. Good luck!

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    Dave,

    All the Filson stuff is quite expensive (US labor ain't cheap), but usually lasts for years not months. The nice thing about Filson is that they will repair or replace it if it doesn't live up to your expectations. I have some Filson gear that is twenty years old and is still in great condition. I can say the same for Russell Moccasin, they just re-built some snake boots I bought in 1971.

    Best,
    JB
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB in SC
    Dave,

    I can say the same for Russell Moccasin, they just re-built some snake boots I bought in 1971.

    Best,
    JB
    No Chippewa or Rocky snake boot could stand up to that, believe me.

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    After calling Sapko customer service, I got this number for a store that carries these shirts 800-638-6311

    The people on the phone are certainly friendly and the background noise reminds me of a classical old time country store. They were sold out of mediums but, put some on order for me. I hope they get here before I leave for Oklahoma otherwise, I think they may be a tad warm for the high 60's and low 70's like I'm seeing during the day around here.
    Last edited by Sid Post; 12-10-2005 at 09:27 AM.

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    wow, good idea. thanks for calling!

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    Thank you for turning me on to this brand of shirt. I'm so tired of $10 flannel shirts that bleed in the laundry and disintegrate after a few washings and minimal wear.

    After looking at the Five Brother web-site I was sold on the quality combined with your statements above. It will be nice having a good shirt for a change that I can wear away from the office. The reasonable price sealed the deal for me

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