While writing this review, I do have a confession to make. The first Shemagh short sleeve button up shirt I received from Viktos was in a large size and Cadet color (like a navy blue). I did not read the warning on the web page about the chance of shrinkage while washing and the need to order a size larger. When I first tried on the Shemagh after receiving it in the mail it felt snug around the shoulders and chest but, would still work. I usually wear a size Large in in shirts from most manufacturers. My first impressions on the first shirt was that I liked the way it felt when wearing it. The fabric was  lightweight, breathable and as it fit against my skin was comfortable.

Label found inside shirt

I started the review by washing the Shemagh shirt and by my not paying attention to the warning on the webpage and not reading the washing directions on the tag on the shirt the shirt shrunk. The size dropped at least one full size (just as written in the warning on the webpage). To fix my error I called up Viktos and ordered another Shemagh shirt and this time in extra large.  Customer service at Viktos was awesome!!!!! The person I talked to was professional and helped me with not only ordering another shirt but, set me up with my LEO discount. Veterans also get the same deal.

When my second shirt arrived I was ahead of the curve this time. I washed the shirt and let it hang dry.  I did need to iron it prior to wearing to smooth out some of the wrinkles.  Due to the problem I had with the first shirt I took longer with this review then normal.  After numerous times in the wash and tumble drying at the lowest setting, the Shemagh held up very well.

The Shemagh shirt has two zippered chest pockets. The zippers are easy to open and close and the pockets are deep enough for a small to medium sized cell phone. I does not fit my Note 8 if that helps you to get the sizing down. The Shemagh does not hang too far down on your body and conceals a firearm well. Sometimes a longer shirt will give me issues with drawing a pistol due to the extra length.  I wore mine with both 1911 style pistols and double stack semi autos without any issues.

If your looking for your next shirt to buy the stylish, lightweight and breathable Shemagh short sleeve shirt is one that will take care of that for you. While I created my own issue with not following directions, I can not fault the shirt for it. Make sure you read the warnings and directions….

The Shemagh shirts come in three colors.  Nightfjall (gray), Spartan (an olive green) and Cadet (blue).  Retail price listed at $75.00.

Product description:

  • 55% linen / 45% ryon
  • Two YKK brand zippered chest pockets
  • Rear hang loop
  • S. Veteran design and deveolped
  • 1 year workmanship and materials warranty.

Cost:               5/5

Comfort:         5/5

Durability:      5/5

Functionality: 5/5

Weight:           5/5

Total:              25/25

Overall Rating:  Excellent.  Highly recommended.

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Poor/Unacceptable: Worse than expected, or desirable: of a low or inferior standard or quality.

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Average:  Common item; item neither lacks from or is superior than a competitors item.

Good:  The item is desirable and has qualities that excel in comparison to a competitors item.

Excellent:  Outstanding, possesses superior quality remarkably good.

Material Disclosure

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so that 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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Shemagh Shirt
By: David Holzinger
Photos: Grace Holzinger

By dwh747

Holzinger has been on the job since 1990. His primary assignment is the patrol division where he has served as a Field Training Officer. He began his SWAT duties in 2000. Since then he has served as an entry operator, ballistic shield operator and sniper. He is currently the Sniper Team Leader with the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT) a multi – jurisdictional SWAT that covers over 30 suburban towns on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Holzinger is a firearms instructor, Taser instructor and armor for his department. He is certified as a Master Firearms Instructor through the University of Illinois, Police Training Institute. He has attended numerous firearms instructor courses to include: pistol, shotgun, semi auto rifle, SMG, police sniper instructor as well as various NRA Instructor courses.

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