It’s that time of year. Time to pull out the snow tires, the knit hats, and yes, everything flannel.
There’s just something about this time of year. It’s wood-chopping, pumpkin-carving, leaf-raking, and soup-eating season. It’s time to put away your camping gear and start thinking about dusting off your ski stuff. It’s also time to enjoy empty trails on your mountain bike and throw on a few extra layers for early-morning runs.
Here’s one thing you need for nearly all of that: a good, sturdy flannel shirt. That old thrift store flannel in the back of your closet works just fine and is probably well-loved and worn-in, but if you’re due for an upgrade, Flylow has you covered.
For men, the Handlebar Tech Flannel is our classic. It looks and feels like your average soft, cottony flannel button-up, but it’s actually made with a quick-drying, slightly-stretchy polyester, which means you can wear it for active pursuits (like a fall hike or chopping firewood) without sweating out and freezing. “If you’re looking for one shirt for work, a bike ride or backcountry tour, followed by a dinner party, then this should be in your arsenal,” Powder Magazine once wrote about the Handlebar, and Outside said its “polyester interior adds sweat-wicking, quick-drying power.”
If you want a little extra warmth, the Sinclair Insulated Flannel is part shirt, part jacket (we think they call that a shacket?). It’s got a tough polyester flannel fabric on the exterior and it’s stuffed with a thin layer of 40-gram Spaceloft synthetic down insulation, which is enough to keep you warm on a breezy fall day but not so much you can’t move around. As Outside once wrote: “Flylow took your favorite flannel and boosted it.”
And that’s not all! Let’s say you have too many plaid flannel shirts in your closet (um, yes, we’re looking at you.) The men’s Brosé Work Shirt helps you solve that problem: It’s a flannel-lined canvas button-up but it’s not plaid. And though technically it’s not a flannel, the Fez Shirt is a vintage-looking corduroy shirt that serves as a warm flannel-like shirt but with a different vibe.
For women, the Brigitte Tech Flannel is your everyday driver. This thing is comfy, fits just right, and it’s made with a breathable, soft polyester so it’s ready for action or lounging, whichever you prefer. Need more warmth? Check out the women’s Penny Insulated Flannel, which packs an incredible amount of warmth without looking puffy. You could wear this as a midlayer under your shell while skiing, or as a lightweight jacket on its own for fall hikes or strolling through pumpkin patches. This is the shirt that Powder Magazine once called a “flannel and a jacket in one.”
Not into plaid? That’s OK. The women’s Tomari Shirt has the feel of a flannel but it’s actually a cozy corduroy and it comes in solid colors.