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Royal Robbins Merinolux Plaid Flannel L/S - Raspberry Crush

What is it?

Ladies Merinolux Plaid Shirt, Autumn/Winter 2017
Available in Raspberry Crush (as shown) as well as Poseidon and Green Gables
£80 Royal Robbins
Buy it here

What did I think?

Though the inclusion of Merino wool always commands a premium, my first thought when I saw the £80 price tag of the Royal Robbins Merinolux Plaid Shirt, was that it needed to be one seriously special shirt to warrant the cost….and since putting it on, I’ve been reluctant to take it off again, in fact the moment it’s dry, it’s straight back on me.

Royal Robbins Merinolux Plaid Flannel L/S - Raspberry CrushI recently traveled to to Denmark in the shirt and it was brilliant!

Before I’d even put the shirt on for the first time, It was clear that this wasn’t just any old checked shirt. The Merinolux material consists of a blend of Sorona® Fibres and Merino wool, which enhances durability and provides breathability but also makes for an incredibly tactile and soft material that’s thick without the bulk.

I tend to be quite warm-blooded and dislike very thick layers, and whilst the quality of the material does make it thicker than your average brushed cotton shirt, it’s not at all heavy or bulky.

Royal Robbins Merinolux Plaid Flannel L/S - Raspberry CrushGreat at regulating temperature even when worn on a warm day in summer

The verdict

I’ve been lucky enough to test some great products over the years, but the Royal Robbins Merinolux Plaid Shirt is hands down one of the very best and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

One my favourite items in my wardrobe, this shirt is exceptionally high quality and I wear it every chance I get. Despite the hefty price tag, I am seriously considering buying another one in a different colour – the comfort and fit is superb and its quality makes this a true ‘buy well, buy once’ investment.

Royal Robbins Merinolux Plaid Flannel L/S - Raspberry CrushThe shirt after being packed in a bag for more than 24 hours

The best bits

  • Exceptionally high quality material which includes Merino wool as well as a small amount of stretch so there’s no restriction in mobility
  • I found the shirt to be excellent at maintaining temperature; I’ve stayed cool whilst wearing the shirt on hot summers days, and snug during chilly early Autumn evenings
  • True to size fit and a flattering cut and langth, with concealed poppers instead of buttons and a clever concealed zip pocket on the right hip
  • Excellent for travel as it washes easily, dries quickly and remains crease free

Thank you to Royal Robbins for supplying this shirt for us to review.