High-Quality, Warm Shirt
The definition of warm and cosy, this is a shirt thick enough to be worn in place of a jumper (with the added flexibility of opening the front if it gets too warm), but not so thick that it looks like a jacket. Worn under a jumper it would be a fairly serious mid-layer.
The fabric is not 'itchy' by any means, but is certainly more coarse than cotton. Though it may soften after a wash or two, I plan to wear it over a T-shirt rather than next-to-skin.
My one and only criticism, given my intended use, is that the shirt is cut quite long. I can see why: when worn tucked in, it would afford great mobility without ever coming untucked, however as I intend to use mine around town, rather than hunting some unfortunate beast across a Norwegian fjord, I'd rather wear it untucked and not have it look like a smock. I had just shy of two inches taken off the hem and it's now spot on (for me).
Top quality shirt.
Perfect comfort fit, allows good movement without riding up the back or arms. I'm 6ft 34waist 44chest and bought a large which is perfect. I do have quite long arms and often find shirt sleeves too short but this covers my wrists well so no draught between gloves and cuffs.
Have only had this shirt for a month or so but worn it on a few 2 - 3 hour dog walks with a light base layer underneath and a waxed waistcoat on top and I've been toasty at around 5°c. It's a dense weave so keeps a bit of breeze out and light drizzle seams to beed up on it then blow away rather than soak in - but like a swannie but smarter.
I personally wouldn't get away with wearing this next to skin as it would be a tad itchy but I didn't buy it with that in mind - this might improve after a wash anyway. Very pleased with it as a mid / outer layer that you could get away with it you call in for a beer at the pub! Mmmmm pub.