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Beyond the Bale : September 2017
OFF FARM 7 Four years ago McNair Shirts had the idea of making a wool shirt based on the same fabric as the famous Dachstein mitts – the classic heavy duty, felted wool mitts that have been providing mountaineers and skiers with serious hand protection and warmth for decades. Their idea has become reality. McNair Mountain shirts are now available (shipping worldwide), made at the company’s factory near Huddersfield in Yorkshire, England. The company is rightly proud that the shirts are designed, spun, woven, milled and finished all within 10 miles of where they make the shirt, which enables the company to keep a very close control on quality. The Merino wool fibre – what the company calls ‘the world’s finest Merino’ – is from Australia. The shirts are available in mid-weights and heavy-weights. Indeed, teamed with a Merino base-layer the shirt is designed to be so weatherproof and warm as to perform like an outer shell in most conditions. The company set out to make the absolute best shirt it could and then work out how much it would cost, rather than starting with a price point and working backwards. So for such a premium product, you can expect to pay a premium price, starting at £335 (about $550). There are more than 45 separate pieces in each shirt (excluding buttons), all put together by hand over the course of a day and half – and when finished it is signed and numbered by the skilled craftsperson that made it. Aside from the fabric, there is delight in the detail: bar-tacking on key stress points for extra strength, twin needling and reinforced seams, baffles for weather protection on the front and cuffs, buttons effectively fused onto the shirt so they won’t fall off, and much more. These shirts are made to last. MORE INFORMATION www.mcnairshirts.com McNair Shirts of Yorkshire promote their Merino wool shirt as the “best mountain shirt in the world” – and if the reviews of the shirt are anything to go by, it most probably is. McNAIR MOUNTAIN SHIRTS McNair Mountain shirts that are made from Australian Merino wool. The shirts are handmade with great features and attention to detail. Members of the Talbragar RFS gather in July at the property of RFS Vice Captain John Stippard, to be presented with the donation of Merino wool apparel from Norwegian company Devold, with the assistance of wool buyer G. Schneider and Macdonald & Co woolbrokers. Woolgrower Edward Martin who volunteers with the Talbragar RFS and whose wool is supplied to Devold. The Devold Safe zip neck – an example of the Merino wool-rich apparel donated by Devold. NSW RFS fire-fighters battle flare ups during the fire near Uarbry, just south of Coolah NSW. PHOTO: Peter Lorimer/Newspix
In the Shops - September 2017