Särmä Polo Shirt, merino wool

45.99 USD
Särmä Polo Shirt, merino wool
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Fans of the classic Polo Shirt no longer have to settle for a choice between casual cotton or sporty synthetic fabrics, because merino wool combines the best of both worlds: looks good and works well.

To realize why we would make such a shirt, scroll down to get a history lesson. While we take pride in this item, we also realize the size of the shoulders we're standing on: they are shoulders of giants. If you already know what's going on, let us introduce the Särmä Polo Shirt and help you choose the right size.

A pocket for a small radio or PTT at the collarbone and two more for pens on the sleeve were added for work purposes - gentlemen will leave these empty. Raglan sleeves allow a wide range of movement and the shirt has a "tennis tail": it's a bit longer in the back to stay tucked better.

Mulesing free merino wool

The fabric is 210 g/m2 piquet knit merino wool: 80% wool and 20% polyamide. Piquet knit is strong, breathable and elastic already when made from cotton, and switching to merino wool only improved comfort.

Sizing and fit guide

Sizes by user's recommended chest circumference in centimetres, the length is pretty universal, but less than 175 cm tall people should probably keep the hem tucked in the trousers or have it shortened. These are slim fit with narrow sleeves, as a polo shirt should: fitting, not tight. A lean person will be delighted with their usual shirt size. If you are less athletic of shape, consider one size larger compared to your usual T-shirt, so the shirt will drape better and hide what you wish to hide.

Polo shirts are worn without an undergarment, but these are not skinsuits. A couple of fingers should fit easily between the sleeve and arm, and the torso should be loose enough to drape. A properly fitting shirt allows you to close the top button, but you shall not actually wear the shirt like that. Popping the collar is only allowed for sunshade purposes while engaging in gentlemans' sports. Finally: tucking depends on the situation, but an untucked shirt should not hang over the apex of your buttock.

The main product picture features a 175 cm tall guy with 96 cm chest circumference and a Medium size shirt.

Särmä by Varusteleka

Särmä is our own brand of clothing and equipment. When you're buying Särmä you're getting purpose built stuff at a decent price, something that will fill it's intended role well and not cost you an arm and a leg!

Manufactured in Lithuania.

A brief history note

The history of this piece of garment has certain points of debate, but interpretations aside British soldiers witnessed games of polo in India around mid-19th century, founded the first polo club and wore shirts with distinct collars. Brooks Brothers introduced the button-down collar to the US and polo player Lewis Lacey made his own design in Buenos Aires.

Most of the defining features of a modern polo shirt were brought together first by a certain Rene Lacoste, who developed his shirt in the 20's and won the US Open in 1926 — of course wearing one. Even though his discipline was tennis, the shirt was called a polo shirt as a nod to the origins. Lacoste short-sleeved polo shirts were made from piquet knit, had a longer back and a sturdy pop-up collar instead of a button-down design.

Fast forward to the 50's and never mind WWII, "Ike" Eisenhower was spotted wearing a polo shirt while playing golf. It didn't take long for golfers to adopt this style and add polo shirts to the list of acceptable garments on courses and at clubs. In the same decade Fred Perry strongly influenced making the polo shirt fashionable among sharp young adults and teenagers.

If you remember anything about the 70's you weren't really there, but Ralph Lauren seems to have launched his version of the polo shirt back then. You may ask if he actually invented anything but it did inject a bit of new life to this old shirt.

These days special agents and security personnel wear polo shirts, because whether you're getting shit done the easy way or the hard way, you still have to look good while doing it and a tie might be too much of a statement.

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5/5
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12.07.2017
Loistava!!!
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4/5
I would recommend for a friend
17.07.2017
Harmittelin ensin, että helma on liian pitkä tällaiselle vajaamittaiselle (Tinderissäkin alle 175 cm heitetään armotta takaisin). Pesin koneessa 40 asteessa, eipä ole enää! Suosittelen sitä 30 asteen pesua jos efekti ei ole toivottu. Itselle pikeepaita on kuitenkin housujen päällä pidettävä juttu.

Olkapäiden istuvuus ei ole ihan täydellinen, ei ennen eikä jälkeen pesun, siksi 4 tähteä. Muuten vaikuttaa toistaiseksi oikein mainiolta vaikka mitään kynätaskuja en tarvitsekaan.

Rinnassa minusta pitäisi olla brodeerattu lekan kuva, eik sekin vähän kuuluisi näihin?

Ja sanotaan nyt vielä, että tähän on vaikea löytää laadukkaan oloista pikeepaitaa. Ja jos löytyykin, se on tehty jossain vinkuintiassa lapsityövoimalla (samassa paikassa kuin se satasenkin paita).
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3/5
I would not recommend to a friend
30.07.2017
Kerran piti vaihtaa, koska kokotaulukko oli hyvin kaukana todellisuudesta. Mittanauhan mukaan valitusta koosta piti ottaa kaksi numeroa pienempi koko, jotta liikuttiin edes suunnilleen oikeassa kokoluokassa. Paidan rinnanympärys oli 8cm suurempi kuin mitä kokotaulukon haarukan maksimikoko - se on muuten aika paljon se.

Nyt pituus on rimaa hipoen just ja just riittävä, mutta parempi varmaankin jättää tämä pesemättä, koska jos pituus lyhenee milliäkään (kuten aiemmassa kommentissa mainitaan), tämä jää kyllä selvästi aivan liian lyhyeksi tällaiselle 189cm pitkälle.

Eli ihan ok paita, mutta mitoitus on vähintäänkin haastava..
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3/5
I would recommend for a friend
15.08.2017
Todella mukava päällä, mutta ei tämä kauheasti kulutusta kestä. Omassani joka on nyt ollut 5-10 kertaa päällä kaulus on nukkaantunut epäsiistiksi eli materiaali ei vaan kestä.
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3.5/5
I would recommend for a friend
27.08.2017
Paita on mitoituksiltaan loistava ja materiaali on 5/5. Lisäksi ei tule mieleen tilannetta, johon paita ei sopisi. Jouduin kuitenkin muutaman viikon käytön jälkeen ompelemaan kaikki napit uusiksi kiinni paitaan, koska meinasivat lähteä irti. Olisiko nappien ompeleen viimeistely pettänyt? Anyway, ostaisin toisen jos Oxloodin lisäksi tulisi toinen yhtä pirtsakka väri.
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4/5
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09.09.2017
Nyt ollaan niin lähellä unelmien täyttymystä että on pakko valittaa ainoasta yksityiskohdasta jota huomasin kaipaavani - tyylirikko tai ei, niin rintataskua tulee harottua sen verran usein että sen puute yllättää vielä kuukauden käytön jälkeenkin melkein päivittäin. Jos valita pitäisi, niin epäilen että (1) radiopuhelimen paikkaa enemmän tarvitsevat harvemmin valitsevat itse työvaatetustaan, ja (2) jokaista tällaista operaattoria kohti löytyy sata konttorirottaa jotka kaipaavat vain paikkaa johon sujauttaa kaulassa roikkuvan henkilökortin ulkona käydessään.

Muuten leikkaus ja materiaali on aika pitkälti sitä mitä on aina kaivattukin - riittävän siisti käytännössä kaikkeen mikä ei vaadi pukua, eikä vähemmän hiostavaa työkelpoista paitaa ole vielä keksittykään. Kahden kappaleen otannalla suositus pykälää isomman koon valinnasta tuntuu hätävarjelun liioittelulta, mutta jos tykkää väljemmästä pukeutumisesta niin ei se ainakaan isommassa kokoluokassa pahaltakaan näytä. Tilanne voi olla toinen jos laskostumismarginaali pysyy samana taulukon alapäähän asti.

Kun nyt tarkemmin katsoo niin kauluksessa - mutta vain kauluksessa - tosiaan esiintyy jo selvää nukkautumista. Tähän kun saisi vähänkään paremmin kulutusta kestävän materiaalin niin viides tähti olisi siinä, oli rintataskua tai ei.
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