Comfortable shirts are always a valuable commodity. I’m talking about the ones that you grab time and time again and wear around the house, on the trail, to the office and out on the town. Solid colors are always the winner here, but comfort is always the trump card. Los Angeles-based Pistol Lake aims to deliver that perfect shirt with their Eudae fabric — available in both short and long-sleeve flavors.
Pistol Lake Eudae Tee and Raglan Features:
- Soft, stretchy Eudae fabric (76% Poly / 19% Tencel / 5% Spandex)
- Crew neck on both styles
- Long-sleeve features raglan sleeves
- Cut with a slight drop tail for extra coverage
- Simple Pistol Lake tag on hem
- 100% made in Los Angeles, CA
- MSRP: $55 (Tee), $70 (Raglan)
Soft and stretchy comfort
My long-time favorite shirts are I/O Bio Merino Wool. They are soft, stretchy and nothing compares to the comfort of Merino. That said, Pistol Lake’s Eudae fabric easily rivals the feel of my well-worn Merino tees — right out of the box.
The magic is in the Eudae fabric’s blend of polyester, tercel and spandex to make a shirt that feels broken-in right from the start. With that stretchy fabric, these shirts move with you and drape comfortably. I’ll add that you should be careful to reference their size chart before choosing a size as sizing is slightly larger than expected. With a 38″ chest, I should have opted for the medium and found the large to be just a little baggier than I’d like. It’s not terrible, but a medium would have been preferred.
To me, the integrity of the collar is one of the most important aspects of any crew neck shirt. Maintaining a nice, round look after use is critical. Unfortunately, the Eudae fabric lacks much in the way of structure and the collar gets a little frumpy and oblong instead of remaining tight and circular. Some of that could be improved if I had sized down, but it still lacks structure. That said, it’s in line with the overall comfort of the shirt, but just be aware that the collar can get a little loose.
The raglan sleeves on the long-sleeve Eudae are extremely-comfortable and well-cut. I love the flat lock seams used throughout the raglan. Because of the traditional sleeve construction on the short-sleeve flavor, you don’t get that and the seams can be felt on the tops of the shoulders. Raglan is the way to go for sure. I’ll also add that the short sleeves are cut really short and you’ll be showing off your armpits if you raise your arms much — not the best look in my opinion.
After a workout, the fabric does tend to sag a little bit. Some of that is due to the unstructured nature of the fabric, but the large-ish sizing also plays a factor in that. As advertised, the Eudae fabric does dry very quickly, so that’s a bonus.
Durability thus far has been great with good anti-stink properties as well. I’ll also mention that you will definitely want to make sure you wash and dry these separately or with dark colors. I dropped mine into a mixed load with mostly darks, but a few whites slipped in and are now permanently blue.
- Soft comfort right off the shelf
- Drop tail adds coverage
- Subtle, classic styling
- Dries quickly
- Raglan uses 100% flat lock seams
- 100% made in USA
- Wash separately (initial couple of washes)
- Collar gets a little frumpy
- Short-sleeves are cut a touch short
The Bottom Line: Pistol Lake Eudae Shirts
I can’t high five the folks at Pistol Lake enough for the Eudae fabric’s soft, stretchy and comfortable qualities. These shirts function quite well for everyday duties around town and in the mountains. Be sure to get the right size and proceed to enjoy them for years.
Buy Now: Available at Pistollake.com