Everyday Outside — every time I put this shirt on, the label reminds me that I need to spend more time outdoors. With the Ventilair, Toad&Co makes it easy to transition from office to trail in style and comfort.

Toad&Co Ventilair LS Shirt Features:

  • UPF Rated 25+
  • bluesign® approved fabric
  • Hidden zipper secure chest pocket
  • Forward shoulder seam for backpack compatibility
  • Locker loop at back neck
  • MSRP: $79.95
Toad&Co Ventilair LS Shirt Review

Classic lines and quality construction make the Ventilair LS sing.

Stay cool and be cool

Ahh, the ubiquitous plaid shirt. They are everywhere and available in a myriad of colors, patterns and fabrics. So, what makes the Toad&Co Ventilair LS shirt so different? Well, it’s not so much that it’s entirely-different, but it does have enough touches to make it stand out in the crowd.

As one of the premiere apparel brands in the outdoor industry, Toad&Co has a reputation to hold up. That reputation is one of sustainability and commitment to improving the lives of customers and employees. You can read up on their philosophies here. Everyone wants to have a feel-good story and Toad&Co has had one for a long time.

Toad&Co Ventilair LS Shirt Review

The shirt tail has this tagline on it — a good reminder to get outside.

So, onto the Ventilair. First impressions are key to every relationship — including the one with your clothing. I slipped on the Ventilair and it immediately fit me perfectly. At 5’11” and 170 lbs, I went with the medium and that was the ticket. For some brands, a medium fits everywhere except sleeve length and large has me swimming. Here, I’ve got perfect chest fit and both sleeve and hem length are absolutely spot-on.

The modern plaid design is kind of a mixture of faded/pixelated designs and it just looks awesome. On test has been the Blue Abyss color and it does an excellent job of delivering style in the office, traveling or at the trailhead.  In fact, I love it as a travel shirt because it both breathes well when things get warm on the trail and adds warmth for those cold cross-country flights. Additionally, the sleeves and shoulders are quite comfortable underneath a backpack.

Toad&Co Ventilair LS Shirt Review

A zippered stash pocket can store plane tickets, cash or a couple of credit cards.

There is a hidden, zippered left chest pocket that’s suitable for a credit card or two, but that’s about it. And, like all Toad&Co shirts, you get a constant reminder to live “Everyday Outside.” The organic cotton/poly mix is said to help cool the body by 1-3 degrees F. I can say that in direct sun, the Ventilair always feels quite nice and comfortable. The weight of the fabric is just right as it just feels airy and light on the body.

I’ve not noticed any shrinkage over time and goodness knows I don’t do anything special with it in a house full of six people (there’s no delicate cycle or any of that and it’s a win of darks and lights get separated).

Note on Fit: I’m 5’11”, 170 lbs. and the medium fit perfectly 

The Good

  • Love how lightweight it feels
  • Great for travel, office and adventures
  • Nailed the medium fit guys
  • Love the faded/pixelated plaid design
  • Collar has maintained shape/form
  • Stash it and pull it out — wrinkles disappear in short order

The Bad

  • Expensive but high-quality

The Bottom Line: Toad&Co Ventilair LS

Yes, plaid shirts are a ubiquitous part of the outdoor culture and Toad&Co is doing their part to keep things that way with the Ventilair LS. The Ventilair is one fine shirt for frontcountry or backcountry adventures and travel.

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About Author

A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 --sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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