Gear Roundup: 16 functional flannel shirts to keep you warm and stylin’ this winter

Gear Roundup: 16 functional flannel shirts to keep you warm and stylin’ this winter

When most people think “flannel shirts,” visions of Pearl Jam and the city of Seattle often come to mind. For years, the flannel shirt has been a staple in any skier’s off-hill wardrobe. With the technologies employed these days—moisture wicking, water resistant fabrics, insulation, etc.—flannels have become a go-to layering option, too. In the spirit of the holiday season, we’ve rounded up fourteen of our favorite flannels for 2014-15, listed below.


1. Orage Men’s Hunter Shirt

The big brother of the Women’s Cole Shirt (see below), the Hunter is also reversible and features the same polyester quilted liner, is lightly insulated and boasts a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating to help shed the wet stuff. The shirt comes in two colorways, a bright red for the flashy type, and a gray for those with more subdued flavor. MSRP: $110

2. The North Face Fort Point Flannel Jacket

This reversible flannel jacket offers the ultimate versatility. The polyester outer fabric is treated with DWR to keep you from getting soaked, while the flannel inner is both comfortable and warm. Its light insulation and loose fit is optimal for wearing over baselayers when the temperatures aren’t too brisk, too. MSRP: $99

3. Mountain Hardwear Women’s HerraLake Long Sleeve Shirt

The HerraLake Long Sleeve Shirt employs Mountain Hardwear’s Wick.Q technology for the ultimate moisture wicking, toasty warm experience. Plus, the feminine styling and colorways—Rich Wine (pictured), Blue Forest and Aristocrat—will have people turning their heads to stare in your direction. MSRP: $65

4. Dakine Buckshot Flannel

The Buckshot Flannel is a practical lifestyle piece that will both protect you and help you stand out no matter what mountain town you’re in. Polyester construction is supplemented with spandex fiber for increased mobility, and the flannel is quick-drying and highly breathable to help keep the ever changing elements at bay. MSRP: $110

5. Armada Reading Flannel Hoody

This burly apparel piece from Armada is packed with 40 grams of polyester fill insulation to block out the cold of the harsh winter weather. In addition, an integrated hood made of 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester fleece will keep your dome toasty when the wind is howling and air is freezing. MSRP: $100

6. Mountain Hardwear Men’s Trekkin Flannel

This self proclaimed “shacket” is constructed with Mountain Hardwear’s Wick.Q technology—a fabric combining the warmth of merino wool with moisture wicking properties of synthetic fibers—for ultimate versatility. The chest pocket provides a place for your small belongings and a full snap closure on the front helps keep the unwanted elements out.

7. Marmot Anderson Flannel

The Anderson Flannel is ideal for chillin’ out on the deck, bathing in the sun’s toasty rays. Why? The fabric utilized in this piece comes with a UPF—Ultraviolet Protection Factor—of 50 to help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. In addition to its cotton construction, the flannel features Marmot’s Coolmax, a moisture wicking, breathable fabric that keeps water away from the skin. MSRP: $60

8. Flylow Handlebar Tech Flannel

The Handlebar Tech Flannel fuses the quick-dry, odor-repellent, temperature-regulating properties of wool with polyester to prevent your skin from getting too itchy. Add in two button pockets, workshirt styling and duraflex snap cuff closures and you’ve got a piece you can wear as a layering option on the hill or as a go-to aprés piece. MSRP: $99


1. Orage Women’s Cole Shirt

The Women’s Cole Shirt from Orage is a flashy piece that’s fashionable and functional. The reversible flannel features a quilted construction for a super soft, warm feel and is water resistant and breathable, to boot. The colorful print, featured above, is also a plus for those looking to get noticed. MSRP: $110

2. Columbia Royce Peak Flannel

This men’s flannel from Columbia is constructed with a stretch material to ensure comfort and easy mobility in your off-hill pursuits. A zippered chest pocket ensures you can stash valuable items without worrying that they’ll fall out and a high-performance wicking fabric, dubbed Omni Wick, helps keep you dry. MSRP: $65

3. Oakley Beatbox Woven

The Beatbox utilizes Oakley’s Thermogauge—temperature regulating fabric that employs hollow core yarns to warm you up in the cold and cool you down when the heart rate increases. Style isn’t an issue here, thanks to a swanky plaid, heathered print and the two chest pockets that more than enough storage. MSRP: $80

4. Dakine Women’s Cameron Flannel

Imagine yourself curled up in front of the fire under your favorite blanket, enjoying a movie while a snowstorm rages outside your window. That’s the feeling the Cameron Flannel will bestow upon its wearer. The flannel is constructed with an über warm quilted liner, and a hybrid neck cuff can be worn up to keep your neck toasty, or down as a collar if the weather warms up. In addition, spandex fiber helps increase mobility and retain shape. MSRP: $120

5. Outdoor Research Feedback Flannel

The Feedback Flannel from Outdoor Research is a versatile piece that you can wear as a layering option or a stylish outfit in your aprés excursions. The shirt is constructed with brushed polyester that breathes well to keep you from overheating, but also wicks away moisture to keep you dry. MSRP: $85

6. Hippy Tree Eugene Flannel

Those looking for warmth and soft, supple comfort should look no further than the Eugene Flannel. A Sherpa fleece lining will keep you warmer than Mark Wahlberg’s loins in Boogie Nights, and satin lined sleeves ensure a luxurious comfort usually only afforded to the Hollywood elite. MSRP: $88

7. Tomahawk Brave Flannel

Bleed Black in the streets with the subtle stylings of the Tomahawk Brave Flannel. This piece includes two breast pockets for ample storage space, as well as the Tomahawk logo on one pocket and the sleeve to let everyone know that you’re part of the Tribe. MSRP: $50

8. Patagonia Insulated Fjord Flannel Jacket

This flannel will keep you warm in the coldest locales you can imagine. A burly cotton construction is supplemented with 60 grams of Thermogreen polyester insulation for an ultra toasty feel. Two handwarmer pockets ensure you won’t have to worry about freezing extremities and two button-up breast pockets provide storage space, as well. MSRP: $169

Related: See all of the best ski gear for 2014/15, here

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