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The Wool Boreal Shirt and Wool Blanket Shirt. Stock items and Blanket Conversions.

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Visit Lester River Bushcraft and you’ll find the 100% wool Olive Green Boreal Shirt in stock. In the years since we bred the first one, more than 2 thousand have shipped to folks who really wail on clothing: S.E.R.E. instructors, deputies, SWAT Teams, the US Forest Service, guides, and  other rugged souls.

Two ways to get one from us:

  • Got a nice blanket? Got permission from your spouse? Drop a line to empirecanvas@charter.net, and we can chat about building a Boreal Shirt or Wool Blanket shirt from it.
  • Buy from stock. Limited seasonal availability here.

The Wool Blanket Shirt Is Classy.

We start with a thick 100% wool blanket. We cut and stitch them with B69 Nylon thread and heavily serged seams.  The shallow neck opening has deer antler buttons, made right here in our shop. Our simple collar rolls down when you don’t need it, and snuggles high against your neck when you do. The WBS is romantically large and long, so the plain hem reaches to mid thigh. Rolled cuffs ride down over your wrists, leaving room for you to tuck in your work gloves or wool mittens.

The Boreal Shirt is a different animal entirely.

We began with the universally cool WBS pattern, and it’s also built like a cast iron skillet.  The full coverage hood rides just high enough to cover your hat, but it still fits inside a shell. Crank down the visor to cradle your face, or open the gusset and drop the top for warmer days. We kept the depth reasonable so it won’t cut your peripheral vision. The huge front pocket is perfect for warming your hands. Inside you’ll find two D rings anchored to a double-layer zippered security pocket to protect your electronics or shield you from your pointy EDC gear.  We also tucked in three small pouches for foraging or holding tools.

Snaps dot the wrists to cinch them shut in the cold. They’re slim enough to stay out of your way when you roll up the cuffs, and they won’t clog with burrs. You can wear the hem open to cover your bottom, or cinch it up  and tuck it under for a more agile fit. Like our Camp Coat and Jackpine Vest, all our load bearing hardware is stainless steel anchored in nylon webbing. (We placed muted black grommets at the neck to reduce glare.) You can swap out all the draw cords and cord locks without breaking a stitch.



Fabric: Customer supplied blankets. Fabric varies for stock items.

Stock Item Retail price varies.

Wool Blanket Shirt conversion price $150 patterned/striped blankets, $125 for solid/plain blankets

Boreal Shirt conversion price  $250 patterned/striped blankets, $200 for solid/plain blankets

Prices include return shipping in the USA. Domestic orders only.


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