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Glad to find a Swanndri Ranger shirt in a colour scheme that I could live with. I am faithful to these garments because they are warm, dependable, adaptable, durable, mosquito-proof and safe around a fire. The plain weave makes a flexible, comfortable garment that breathes well, so you can work all day with a chainsaw in a steady drizzle and be comfortable. Plus, if you fold the arms over the upper back and roll the whole thing from the bottom up into a torus, it makes a fantastic shoulder pad for portaging a canoe. For the last 30 years or so I have kept a couple of 'respectable' Ranger shirts on the go at all times, and find the very ragged ones had to part with - they're still handy for dirty building jobs in the rain. The high collar is something I have missed in rival wool shirts, likewise the sensibly-placed shoulders and long tails. Whoever stitched this particular one got the cuff buttons in the right place, for which I am grateful. However, these shirts aren't what they once were. Twenty years ago, they were noticeably fluffier (and seemed lighter, though that could be imagination), you could get them in pleasant colour schemes that didn't send shock waves through the entire local ecosystem. Some vintage ones are a positive pleasure to look at. If Ray Mears could persuade the manufacturer to make a batch in a choice of cheerful but earthy colours, I'd buy several immediately. Also, why did they change the tasteful old logo to this large clumsy black and white square? I have had to cut the logo off my new Ranger because it offended my eye, so it's counterproductive in terms of brand image.
Jonathan Reynolds6th August, 2018