Italian Army Wool Blend Shirt - Wool and Cotton Blend Long Sleeve Shirt from Italy
Italian Army Wool Blend Shirt
The Italian Army Wool Blend Shirt is an off white long sleeve shirt made from a wool and cotton blend. Soldiers in the Italian Army used these shirts to provide a warm under layer while on patrol during the winter months. Like virtually all Italian Army produced equipment this shirt is made incredible well and this shirt looks great when worn with any type of civilian clothing.
Description / Italian Army Wool Blend Shirt
For centuries people have been wearing wool clothing to keep warm and covered when the weather turns cold and wet. Wool is one of the first recognized natural fibers that offers protection from the cold even when it becomes wet. With this long history and proven properties, even today with all of the modern synthetic fabrics many still choose wool and wool blend clothing to stay warm and comfortable in the winter.
The Italian Army makes use of wool in this wool blend shirt. With the primary duties of this shirt being to provide a warm under layer under soldiers uniforms, the Italian Army has increased the comfort of this shirt by blending the wool with cotton. This blended wool greatly reduces the itch factor that some experience when wearing wool clothing and makes these shirts more soft on the skin. The wool content is still high enough to be able to enjoy the weather resistance that wool provides and each shirt has a look and feel that goes with any civilian clothes as a top layer.
- Authentic Italian Army Shirt
- Made from Wool Blended with Cotton
- Brand New - Never Issued
|Manufacturer||Italian Army Surplus|
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As others have noted, these are VERY tight by American standards. I ordered XL, and the garment labels agree, but these are *skin tight* on me (5'11" and 210ish). No worries, I knew this going in (from previous reviews) and intend to wear as a cold-weather base layer.
It fits and feels like a nice long john shirt. It's warm, thin, and snug fitting. The wool Cotten blend is thin but dense feeling. I'll be wearing this as cool to cold weather active wear while cycling.
I bought 3 shirts and I'm glad I did! Highly recommended! High quality, dirt cheap, and I expect the wool cotton blend to outlast a synthetic shirt, and it should breath better and not get that "wicking shirt stink". You know what I'm talking about.
The only drawback to these shirts is that they run very small. As such, I'd recommend ordering at least one size larger than normal. The XL fit me like a trim fit large. Wool stretches though, and when I washed mine, I stretched them and hung them to dry. It fit much better, and stretched even more as I wore it.
Highly recommended as a base layer. I don't think it's suitable as an outer later, because it's more like a long John top.