March 1, 2021

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LA POLICE GEAR Back Up Light Weight Flannel

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Just got the new flannel called Fugitive Green from LA Police Gear (LAPG), and I’ve been wearing it for a 3 weeks. So far so good. I’ve been happy with what the company sent me.

Flannel is never bad, unless you select some crazy colors. LAPG didn’t steer me wrong. The LAPG flannel I received came in muted tones and I like it. What’s flannel?

If you don’t know yet, flannel is a type of cotton fabric that has a certain kind of softness, and this is accomplished by machine brushing the fabric until it naps. Flannel basically has a raised texture. One other feature of flannel is the raised fibers of the fabric also allow it to more easily trap heat. Therefore, if you’re looking for a shirt with nice, insulating properties, a good flannel shirt is the pick for you. Pants, blankets and shirts with a good weight will keep you warm during those chilly mornings and evenings. Flannel gets softer as it gets older.

The shirt came in the mail the beginning of January on a Saturday. I unboxed it, unwrapped it and threw it into the laundry pile for Sunday. Once it was piping hot in the dryer I pulled it out and threw it on. It didn’t look bad at all. The shirt was a bit wrinkly; a good ironing would sort the crumpling out if I wanted. I’ve purchased shirts in the past that shrank under the least amount of heat. The shirt itself is made from 100% preshrunk, cotton fabric, and this would reduce some of that particular issue.

I really like the color of the shirt. The more I wore it, the more the color won me over. I don’t like to stand out, and I like to look respectable too. The blue and green go with blue jeans and can be paired really with any kind of pant or trouser. So too can the other colors that they offer. LAPG offers a few good color choices: Battalion Blue, Bunker Blue, Smokescreen Gray, Covert Black, and Fugitive Green. Shirts come in Small-3Xl sizes.

The shirt has a few notable features: dual, front chest pockets that are fastened with button snaps. This is a great shirt for concealed carry. The fabric is light weight, and comes in right about 5.5oz.

A few things to know about flannel. Close weaves are a sign of a higher quality flannel. The LAPG is not as soft as high-end flannel but this doesn’t mean that it’s stiff, or feels scratchy. It is a light-weight flannel and it will keep you relatively warm. The way to tell if flannel is good is to rub it between your fingers. Good flannels are thick. Also, the weave should be close and tight. This is important to know because it won’t fray easily on the cross grain. Look for good weight. Standard Flannel I’ve been informed come in around 4.0z/linear yard. Heavyweight comes in around 5.0-6.0 oz. Heavier kinds of flannel are double napped to make them very soft. Shirts should be made out of a stiffer or less soft flannel for reasons of durability. The LAPG at 5.5 oz. isn’t bad at all.

I think LAPG thought it through when they came up with the pockets and buttons. The button snaps are on the inner side of the pockets flaps, and not the outer side so you have the ability to open the flaps faster. I wore my shirt with concealed carry and only buttoned the top two buttons and the lowest button on the shirt. I carry appendix carry and I was able to access my weapon quickly every time I slapped the fabric away.

The shirt is cut in an athletic cut; this means the shirt is more tapered than boxy. For those with large shoulders or heavier in the waist I do recommend buying the next size up.  People that exercise or those with body types larger than the average person tend to have fuller chests, forearms, shoulders and arms. Slim fitting shirts are sought out by people who want to show off their physique however this cut of shirt tends to be body-hugging and doesn’t provide the upper body a full range of motion. Slim fitting shirts is also ideal for someone with a lean build. Slim fitting shirts have stitched material called side darts, back darts, and center-folds to pull the shirt in to give it a cleaner look.

The shirt has a squared hem. Shirts with a tail hem are designed to be tucked into your pants. Shirts with a square hem are designed to be untucked. If you are buying a shirt, check to see if it has a tail hem so that it can be fully tucked into trousers. This makes sense when using an in the waistband holster (IWB). It is also good for an outside the waistband (OWB), with or without a jacket for concealment. I like the casual out of the pants look, but do what floats your boat. Tuck if you want. The LAPG meets all of my basic criteria.

The tail of your shirt should fully cover, and not half-way cover, your seat. If it does not cover your seat it is likely to pull out of your pants when you are active. There is enough material for a tail. I dislike shirts that fit my shoulders but end up being too short in the tail. I felt that the LAPG shirt was adequate for my wearing needs.

Overall I think they did a good job. Good flannels go from about $49.00 to $79.00. They tend to be thicker, have decorative fabric lined inner-collars, etc. Basically lots of bells and whistles to them. If you are looking for a good, starter shirt, this LAPG flannel is for you. for under $30.00 you can’t go wrong. Check to see if they have sales to get that twenty dollar mark. Give this shirt a try.

  • Cost 5/5 Can’t beat the price.
  • Comfort 4/5 I prefer softer shirts; this shirt is not scratchy or stiff.
  • Durability 4/5 So far so good. 3 washes and no shrinking, and no tears or rips. I haven’t seen any pilling yet. It’s gotten remarkably soft. Let’s see how it wears over the next 6 months. These shirts are made from pre-shrunk cotton. 
  • Functionality 4/5 My shirt didn’t have pen pockets; I like those on shirts because I am always writing something down. 
  • Weight 5/5 5.5 oz. Light weight.
  • Overall Rating 22/25

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I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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