My 1Ks went to Peru over the holidays. It's the rainy season, so they saw thunderstorms in the Amazon and plenty of rain at Machu Picchu too. Obenauf's LP kept my feet nice and dry, and the commando sole was great in the mud.
I've contacted twice in the past--once successfully (I got store credit), and once unsuccessfully (I'd already washed the shirt before realizing the fabric was not the same as the one I'd backed).The general tone of the correspondence was: we'll take just about anything back that hasn't been washed or worn. They didn't seem particularly concerned with any quality control or quality improvement initiatives, or feedback regarding the customer experience when things go...
My mistake! Will edit.Gotcha. It might work with a bowtie. You never know until you try! I can't compare to Mercer, but I can compare to Kamakura, LE Hyde Park, and Brooks Brothers oxfords.. The Gustin collar is significantly shorter and softer.
Eh, the collar is pretty short, which makes it difficult or impossible to wear all but the skinniest of ties. The 3rd button on the back of the collar means these shirts aren't designed to be worn with a tie, and will never really look quite right.The collars are also pretty light. This is nice when worn unbuttoned, but combined with the relatively lightweight fabrics, there's really not much of a collar roll at all.
I don't know if there have been any systematic measurements of shrinkage in Gustin shirts, but I figured I'd post up the following for reference. My Gray Ember Flannel (size large) shipped in March 2014 and is washed and worn weekly during winter, fall, and spring. It's always washed in cold water, and never put in the dryer.
Here are the current measurements:
Chest: 43.5" (published is 45.5")
Waist: 41" (published 43.5")
Center back: 28.75" (published...
Eh, you'd be surprised. I've tried it. Sno Seal is pretty sticky, tacky stuff. I'd say that traction actually slightly improved on everything other that ice (which is hopeless anyway in a leather-soled shoe).I'm not saying it's essential, but don't knock it till you've tried it.
I've used both and highly prefer Obenauf's LP over SnoSeal for my 1Ks. Apply it the same way as SnoSeal, just rub it on lightly with bare hands. Your body heat will melt the Obenauf's, and so I didn't find that any additional heat was necessary for Obenauf's. Brushing wasn't necessary either, just wipe off any excess for a sort of satin-shine.I bet that's good enough. If you find you want more shine or color after that by all means use the wax or polish of your choice,...