As someone who has relationships with companies from all over the world, it’s always fun to be a part of one from the ground up. We have been fans of Pistol Lake since April 2016, when we first discovered them via our Kickstarter of the Week feature. Joe got to check out one of their prototypes and raved even then. A few months later, Joe received an updated item and, once again, had nothing but good things to say. Last April, we reviewed a couple of their tops and had feedback such as this:
[B]oth the [tops] – are fantastic additions to their apparel line and I absolutely love them. The first sound that came out of my mouth upon pulling them out of the box were, “dang” and “these are soft”. They are super breathable and quick drying, and, while I have only had the opportunity to wear on the treadmill, I CAN’T WAIT to wear these on my warm summer runs!
This past month, we were able to check out the newest top in their arsenal – the Short Sleeve Minimalist Henley.
First and foremost, it always catches me off guard with the softness of Pistol Lake tops. I just want to snuggle up on them. This is likely due to their creation of Eudae – a fabric they spent years in perfecting. Here’s their description:
It combines a natural-looking aesthetic and the comfort and moisture wicking of a workout shirt. It’s the first fabric that is insanely versatile — equally as awesome at the office as the bar, in the mountains, or at the gym. We made it versatile, breathable and odor fighting. It’s wrinkle resistant, easy to care for, and built to last. Made from 76% recycled bottles (polyester), 19% Eucalyptus pulp (Tencel), and 5% Spandex (Lycra) – it’s the most comfortable shirt in the world.
Though I can’t accurately vouch for the correctness of those last 8 words, I can say that I wouldn’t be surprised if it is factual – I just can’t get enough of these shirts. These fit with a more athletic cut so it’s a bit more form-fitting. That being said, Pistol lake garment dyes, launders, and pre-shrinks everything they make so it shouldn’t lose its shape, color, or shrink in the wash. They are super comfortable to the touch and look great while also having those great technical features that us runners can appreciate.
It currently comes in two basic colors – black and Heather grey, but they should have expanded short-run color options in a few weeks – so stay tuned to their Facebook for info.
These are currently made right here in the USA (Los Angeles to be exact), so even though it may run a bit more than some shirts in department stores, you know you are getting a quality hand-sewn garment created with an ethical, sustainable manufacturing process. On top of that, those making everything at Pistol Lake are being treated fairly, paid a living wage, and take pride in crafting the products.
More about Pistol Lake:
We want to bring back a level of craftsmanship and quality that just isn’t around anymore. We build for purpose, sweat the details and make things to last. Summers camping on Pistol Lake were what my brother and I looked forward to all year. We’d drive all day, filling in missing parts of the road and building bridges to be able to spend time away.
Pistol Lake represents this reverence for the simple things in life.
The quality of our garments is a reflection of the expertise and care of our sewers. We are fortunate to work with great craftspeople, which is why we can stand behind our products.
Thank you to Pistol Lake for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.