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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 7:32 am 
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What do people do for sweatshirt in these lax, postmodern times?

I've been getting the LL Bean crewneck model, seems about as close as it's likely to get to the indestructible sweatshirts we were handed, unceremoniously, in high school. I had one of those well into my 20s.

They are 91 percent cotton, they have the V in front and a reinforced thing on the neck in back, and they're not made in China!

They're made in Vietnam!

Vietnam doesn't irritate me the way China does. (No logic or facts were harmed in the forming of this opinion.)

I picked up a modern Champion once and found it wimpy. It's still around somewhere.

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/22786?fe ... s-crewneck


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 Post subject: Re: Sweatshirts
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 9:54 am 
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I haven't bought from them, but Kellsport seems to produce what you're looking for. I've got several good Champion sweatshirts that I've purchased recently that I think are as durable as my college Champion sweatshirt, circa 1973. You have to avoid their Eco line, which has less cotton, more synthetics. And the LL Bean sweats are a good alternative. We have a Maine store, Renys, which gets remainders from both Bean and Champion and I've now got more cotton sweat gear than I can possibly wear.

As for the country of manufacture, well, if you can wait for Trump to straighten out the trade imbalance you might then get what you had forty years ago. My feeling is that since there is little craftsmanship involved in sewing together a sweatshirt I can live with something that is good quality, but produced offshore.


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 Post subject: Re: Sweatshirts
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 10:31 am 
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LLB sweat is my weekend exoskeleton, Fall through Spring. I really like them.

30 years ago I wore Champion, Russell, a few others… they were heavy-duty and all cotton, but not any more.

I tried a supposedly superior sweatshirt a few years ago. Forgot the name. It was close to $100. It was stiff as 3/4" plywood and fit so horribly I sent it back immediately.

Below: LLB sweatshirt, this morning, after making breakfast for Mrs. Ensiferous.


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 Post subject: Re: Sweatshirts
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 2:45 pm 
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Good topic, I've been looking for sweatshirts made like the good old days, seems that Kellsport might be the best bet for me, but I'll see what else is posted in this thread.

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 Post subject: Re: Sweatshirts
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 9:29 pm 
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There were a couple threads across the street about this topic within the past year and a half. Kellsport was recommended in both threads. USA-made, under $50. Word is the fit is a bit roomy.

http://www.sweatshirtsusa.com/mens-heav ... shirt.html

I thrifted a Russell that I really like. USA-made, 90% cotton. It's nice and beefy. Problem is, it's too short at the waist. I figure someone must have shrunk it in the dryer, although it fits great otherwise. Come to think of it, the short length probably accounts for its appearance at Goodwill.


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 Post subject: Re: Sweatshirts
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 9:38 pm 
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Anyone have experience with American Giant??
http://www.american-giant.com/classic-c ... us#start=1

The classic crewneck in grey looks quite nice, I've never seen one in person though. I found a hoodie made by AG at a thrift a few weeks back, seemed good quality, but I'm really not the hoodie type.

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 Post subject: Re: Sweatshirts
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 9:40 pm 
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If you're looking for saddle shoulders and made in America, Gustin's are pretty good, moderately cheap, and plenty long enough. Size-wise you may want to go up one over your normal letter size but definitely not two. I'm an L-ish right now and bought an XXL and it's too large for me. Fine to wear about the house or gym though, so i'm getting my use out of it. Here's a link to a couple they have in stock:

Grey: https://www.weargustin.com/stock/usa-he ... sweatshirt

Mid-blue ("navy"): https://www.weargustin.com/stock/usa-navy-sweatshirt

Marled grey: https://www.weargustin.com/stock/usa-ma ... sweatshirt

If you need a referral link for a Gustin account, here's mine: https://www.weargustin.com/i/364fc

It's good for $15 of credit for each of us though I'm not sure what I'd use it on. Jeans don't work for me, sadly. I'd probably another sweatshirt.


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