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Pendleton's Snap-Front Canyon shirt is a true classic, and since it's made of wool, it's extra durable and warm. (Inga Hendrickson)

Fall Covet: A Classic Camp Shirt

There's nothing cooler than wool

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I wear a lot of wool. Always have. And while I love my merino boxers, socks, and base layers, my favorite woolen top is probably the first one I can remember coveting: a Pendleton shirt.

I was an impressionable teen at a canoeing camp in Wisconsin’s Northwoods; the counselors were the coolest guys on the planet. They taught me the lyrics to Jimmy Buffet tunes and how to do truly remarkable things, like start a wet fire with birch bark and flip a canoe from your knees onto your shoulders. When it got cold at night, they put on Pendleton shirts, like the Snap-Front Canyon pictured here. Naturally, I begged my parents for one when I got home—and haven’t stopped wearing them since.

It’s not as soft as merino, but the U.S.-sourced virgin wool is more durable and the tighter weave more windproof. Plus, it reminds me of my glory days in the Northwoods.

From $120,

From Outside Magazine, Oct 2014 Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson