The Guide Shirt from Eddie Bauer is ready to go out on the river, into the office, and out for date night.
Eddie Bauer is a storied staple in the industry of outdoor apparel and gear. So, I was pretty hyped when I got my Long-Sleeve Guide Shirt in the mail. What I was not expecting was how versatile this shirt would be.
The light weight was to be expected, as I find in most of my fishing shirts. Where the “Long-Sleeve Guide Shirt” really stood out were the versatile ways in which it could be styled. From the water, to the office, and stepping out on date night. The stretchiness of the shirt wasn't overdone. It allowed ease of movement and recovered back to its original shape well.
My first time wearing the shirt was on a guided trip. The humidity alone was proving to be difficult, but in the middle of the trip the sky opened up and then the hail started pelting the water right as we made it safely to the dock. Within the hour, while putting the boat away and shooting the breeze under the boat port, it was nearly dry.
I really enjoyed the breathability of this shirt due to the vents. I appreciated that they were large enough to be effective but not so large that they made the shirt sag and look frumpy. And the hidden pockets looked good even when in use, and did not cause that baggy look. The attention to detail with the cloth for cleaning glasses proved very handy both on the water when I was sight casting and at work while reading reports.
Overall, this shirt really impressed me with its performance. It impressed my wife when dressing it up, and it impressed the bank account with its approachable price-point.