While you may not be super familiar with Howler Bros., they are no stranger to the sun protection or casual outdoor apparel game. They are rooted in activities like fishing, surfing, and water sports – making them a perfect entity for understanding the importance of protections, comfort, and flexibility.
See our other Howler Bros. review here.
As far as style goes, it’s no surprise to learn that the company is HQ’d out of Austin. To me, their items and design feel like this melting pot of southern rustic / hanging out outdoors, enjoying life one craft beer at a time – yet with a updated modern flair that is not quite country and not quite hipster. I have no idea if that makes any sense, but I’m sticking with it. To me, it’s relatively akin to a PDX style – a little bit hipster, but also a little bit not.
We recently tried out two new additions to their lineup this Spring – the Crosscut Deluxe short sleeved shirt and Pressure Drop Cord Shorts.
Howler Bros have been making their LS version of the Crosscut Deluxe for a while, so it only makes sense to make the transition into warmer temps easier and more enjoyable with a short sleeved version.
I love the look of this top. The embroidered accents are a fun added flair (there are numerous versions with different designs) that provide a pop but don’t go overboard. And while I describe the company as “southern” (see above), this top definitely has a western flair to it with the pearl snaps and hems on the shoulders and upper back. It fits loose, like many summer casual shirts should. It also is longer on the front and back than on the sides – a shirt tail hem that is perfect for tucking into pants or shorts.
One cool added feature is an embedded microfiber on the inside of the hem that is used for cleaning sunglasses. What a cool addition!
Pressure Drop Cord Shorts
Speaking of tucking into shorts, I am pretty sure I haven’t worn a pair of corduroy shorts or pants since middle school. But as styles are cyclical, Howler Bros modern take on the style is really a notch above.
These are definitely not for running, but absolutely bring a level of comfort and functionality to your outdoor game. They probably hit the spot quite well on those warm outdoor walks, exploring one of Oregon’s many amazing State Parks, or wearing for an outdoor seating at a local pub. Heck, I’d even slip these on post race.
Their comfort is evident (not the starched, stiff, and thick fabric I associate with this style). It’s surprisingly soft and the elastic waistband, which does have a draw cord if necessary, is much more enjoyable than expected. There is a single button back pocket and a stylish notch at the bottom.
Even with the comfort, man – are these things designed with durability in mind. There is still a nice stretch to them, but they can absolutely take on whatever setting you wear them in – I can just tell they are tough. There is no doubt in my mind these things will hold up to most outdoor activities for years and years to come.
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- Crosscut Deluxe ($79)
- 100% slub cotton
- Pressure Drop Cord Shorts ($69)
- 98% cotton, 2% spandex corduroy
- Lichen Green
- Antique Black
- Pharoah Tan
More About Howler Bros.:
Howler Brothers clothing designs honor the soul, passion and timeless style of sports such as surfing and fly fishing but update historic garment ideas with modern influence from waves, water, geography, fashion and art. Every garment and accessory is crafted with functionality and attention to detail at the forefront. We avoid trendy or overly traditional ideas and use small batch production and collaborations with artists and craftsmen to create original, alternative offerings. Our base of operations, Austin, Texas, is miles from the nearest ocean but provides daily inspiration with its vibrant and diverse creative culture.
Thank you to Howler Bros. for providing us with sample items. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.