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Just a good shirt!
I am 6 foot 3 175 lbs with a long thin torso and somewhat broad shoulders and the Medium fits perfectly. Looks nice enough to wear to work or out to dinner but it is lightweight and airy feeling as well. I have been very happy with the durability of other Patagonia products and hoping this is no different.
This shirt looks great. Fit wise I am on the border of a medium and a large so a size choice is a challenge. But after ordering a medium I ended up replacing it with a large. The fabric feels sturdy. I have other Patagonia clothing that are hemp blends and they wear well. I admit that I prefer long lived clothing as opposed to disposable fashion. I... Read More feel this shirt will be another that I will wear often and long.
I love this shirt. The feel is super soft and the organic cotton will get softer with time. Totally support that Patagonia does their share to protect the planet, so I'm happy to pay a premium for their merch. Some medium shirts fit too big, but this shirt fits perfect, if you are an average weight and size. Plenty of room for movement witho... Read Moreut being overly oversized.
Under sized Large
I really like the blue/green flowered pattern & the cotton material. It is a wash & hang, no ironing needed. I buy large in this style of shirt as they are worn untucked. This shirt is a bit snug at the waist & across the back shoulders. Im a true medium, in the brand Reyn Spooner the large gives me ample room.
Not the quality I'm used to with Patagonia
I've bought many Patagonia clothing items over the years ranging from technical pieces to work clothing and casual wear. This is the first item that does not meet their typical standards. After the first wash the sleeves, collar and button plackets shriveled and have to be ironed after each washing. I've tried using low heat and even damp... Read More drying and any edge of the shirt always comes out the same. This is something you'd expect from a poorly made/cheap item, but not with Patagonia clothing. While I do like the general look and cut, the need to iron a brand new casual shirt after each washing is disappointing.
Hey Reid, thank you for the feedback. Unfortunately, it's very common for hemp/cotton blends to wrinkle, especially hemp. If you find a version out there that says "wrinkle-free" the sad truth most often is that chemicals were used in the manufacturing process to prevent their occurrence. You are welcome to give the shirt some time in the dryer to help mitigate that, but the temperature should be on low. If you find that you're still unhappy, you're welcome to process a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Have a deep love for these shirts. Bought one about 10 years ago and still have it. Its traveled to South America, the West Indies and all over the US. At this point it has small holes in it and the collar is fraying but cant seem to part with it. In terms of pros: its a button up shirt, the hemp makes it durable, I cant seem to make them stink(eve... Read Moren though I sweat a lot(I think its a property of the hemp)). My only qualm with the shirts is that they will wrinkle fairly easily(also a property of hemp). I don't really mind that though, and my younger brother says thats in style now, so Ill lean into that. Im a muscular build, 190 lbs, 5 9 and the medium fits well
These run small, I wear
These run small, I wear a L t-shirt, and have to select an XXL for most Patagonia shirts. I like my casual clothes to look casual, but the fabric here was too wrinkly and the fit through the armpits was very tight, even with this size.
Hi Thomas! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear how tight you found the shirt to run. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Wow- fits like its two sizes too small
Bought two of these shirts a year ago, same size. They are fine. Bought two more this year and its like they shrank by two sizes. The fit is skin tight. Silly me, since I had 2 that fit, when these came, they went straight in the wash and were dried. Went to put one on, the fit was like neoprene. Skin tight. Gave them to a relative, since I had naï... Read Morevely figured the fit would be the same. Last time I do that! Ill look around for a brand that keeps their sizing consistent.
Hi Gary! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the shirts didn't fit right this season. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons. In the future, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) when an item doesn't fit correctly.
This shirt has great fabric but the fit was way too small for an extra large
We appreciate your feedback on the fabric and fit, Gary! Our [online exchanges](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) for size or color are free of charge. If you need anything else, please contact our Customer Service team. We'll be happy to help!
Well made shirt......but!
I normally wear a size XL in shirts, but knowing Patagonia clothing tends to run small, I ordered two of these shirts in size XXL, thinking I would be good to go as far as fit. Much to my disappointment, the extra sizing was still too small and I had to return them. This seems be an ongoing issue with Patagonia. They need to realize that not all wh... Read Moreo are fans of the brand are super svelte, young, and athletic and adjust accordingly for us older Patagonia fans who are, shall we say, slightly more portly. Basically, they need to re-evaluate their target consumers and exhibit some inclusion via their sizing for a wider array of customers.
Thank you so much for your feedback, Scott. We're truly sorry to hear about your disappointment with the Men's Back Step Shirt and your experience with our sizing. We are always happy to offer garment dimensions before you purchase to take the guesswork out of shopping with us. With that said, the Men's Back Step Shirt is offered in the 3XL if you'd like to try the next size up. If you need any assistance placing a new order for the 3XL, we will be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/). We have also passed your thoughts along to our Design Team.
Comfortable Summer Style
Comfortable and breathable fabric. Ordered my regular (Large) size, no noticeable shrinking after drying. Definitely an untucked look, but the coco buttons and pattern upgrade the style, so I can also wear out to a casual dinner after sight seeing, or river fishing. My wife prefers it to be ironed, but it also looks fine right out of the dryer. Wil... Read Morel be ordering more
This shirt only works if
This shirt only works if toy don't button it or if you tuck into your pants. It's too tight on the bottom to be worn outside your pants (from someone whose wife says he has no butt).
Thank you for submitting this review, Roy. We're sorry to hear the fit of these shirts wasn't right for you, but glad to see you've returned them. Please let us know if we can be of any help!
This shirt's a keeper
Super comfortable shirt: lightweight, airy, and breathable. The fabric has a nice feel to it. The fit is not slim, and leaves enough room for movement. The sleeves are a bit long, but I've found that is the case for most Patagonia products. I purchased this product mainly because of the texture and color way which looks much better in person. ... Read MoreI would buy it again if they offered more subtle colors/patterns.
Nice Summer Shirt, But . . . . .
The lightweight cotton/hemp material is nice for after-pool time, casual wear, and just lounging around. But, I typically shy away from 100% cotton materials because I like a dryer-to-wear shirt that doesn't need much ironing and looks great for work or casual (usually cotton/polyester blends). So, I kinda took a chance with this cotton/hemp f... Read Moreabric mix knowing it was meant to have that sloppy beach look and I'm OK with adjusting my attitude for it. If you like/want that look as well, then good on you - but, if you're a "don't like to iron shirts" kind of guy, this shirt is NOT for you.
I ordered a large, which
I ordered a large, which works for LL Bean, REI, etc. Fit was okay, but I knew i had to wash it to be sure. Alas, it was too tight after washing. Of course you cannot return a garment that has been washed, so tough luck for me.
Hi Rich, thank you for submitting this review. It sounds like you washed this shirt according to instructions but it shrank? You can absolutely return it under our warranty! We'll reach out to you to help you return it.
Runs large, had to return for smaller size
I'm 6' 175lbs, slim build and the "Go To" shirt fit me great in size large, but this shirt, "Back Step", was just too big everywhere, even after washing. Returning for a medium.
We are sorry to hear about this sizing issue you experienced. The men's Go To Shirt is cut slightly smaller and is considered a slim fit versus our Men's Back Step Shirt, which is a regular fit. Please let us know if you have any questions or need help placing your new order for the medium size. You can reach us [here](https://help.patagonia.com/s/). Agents are available Monday-Friday, 6 am (PST) - 6 pm (PST) and Saturday and Sunday, 7 am (PST) - 3 pm (PST).
Nice Hemp Short Sleeve
I bought the imitation ikat version of the back step shirt. It's a nice shirt, and I'll probably get a lot of mileage out of it. Around the turn of the millennium, I bought one of your first hemp shirts in Ventura. To me, it was drop dead gorgeous: generous raglan sleeves, spread color, inset chest pocket, pale hues of pale grey, amber, ... Read Morewith a single thread of rust and orange in a plaid so subtle you hardly noticed, impeccably stitched throughout, straight cut hem. It still hangs in my closet, even though one shoulder is worn through from my bony shoulders and a shoulder bag. Don't suppose I'll ever see one of those again....
Comfortable casual shirt
When LL Bean stopped making my favorite shirt I decided to give this a try, and I'm glad I did. Excellent build quality, good fit, comfortable material, decent price. I get compliments when I'm wearing this shirt. What's not to love about it? Going to get a few more in other colors.
Cool, comfortable, functional
I live in the Middle East with very hot days and work offices that are over air conditioned. This shirt works well in both situations, warm in the AC office, cool outside in the heat. Id order more, but Patagonia doesnt carry enough stock of the decent colors in 3XL.
Nice looking shirt, comfortable
Shirt looks nice, fits great and it's comfortable. I like the hemp cotton mix, will be wearing this for casual wear in spring/summer. I'm 5'11" 180 lbs and it's not too tight, however I have not washed it yet. I only plan on only hand washing in cold water and line drying so it shouldn't shrink much though.
Sustainable and retainable
I really like that the shirt is made from 55% Hemp and 45% Organic Cotton. I understand that there are some significant manufacturing advantages of using China to product the product, but it sure would be nice to know that Patagonia is working toward an alternative foreign manufacturing country, that isn't known for their unacceptable Human Ri... Read Moreghts violations. The production capacity and labor force costs may not ever be viable for Patagonia to use US factories, but there sure has to be a much less offensive player than China. With that issue now off the table, I would like to express my satisfaction for the quality of fabric, "the hand" or feel is just splendid, especially more so after two or three washes. The cut is perfect for the slightly oversized comfort I like in my short sleeve casual button down shirts. The price is premium, but so is the product. If it is any indication of my confidence in Patagonia products: I bought two, in different colors, not having ever seen the product, in real life, prior to my purchase. I will say with confidence, these two shirts will be in regular rotation, for at least two years, as standard weekend wear. Loyal Patagoniac for at least 35 or 40 years now. Back to the Great Pacific Iron Works Days. Christopher B. Los Angles, Ca....
The XS is to small and the small is to big sad that I need to return them
Hey John, we're sorry to hear that you happened to land in that in-between space for sizing with this shirt. We'd be happy to talk to you, and send over some other suggestions that might work better for you. We can also get you started on a return for the others you ordered. You can get in touch with us [here](https://help.patagonia.com/s/).
Nice shirt. Washed in cold water and dried. Never saw a shirt come out of my laundry with so many wrinkles. Took a lot of ironing to make it look good.
We're sorry to hear about the wrinkles. For [product care](https://www.patagonia.com/repairs/), we recommend closing all buttons, machine wash in cold water with a gentle detergent, no bleach, no fabric softener. Then hang to air dry or tumble dry on low heat. A warm iron may be used to smooth out the fabric a bit. We hope this helps, but reach out to our Customer Service team if you have any questions or concerns. We'll be happy to help!
Product As Expected
The material is comfortable, although it's a little scratchy at first. No matter how many times I wash/dry the shirt, it refuses to shrink, which would be great but I bought a size too big! I was looking to buy an oversized shirt (as a 5'4 female) but large was too much- I should've gone with a medium. That's my fault though, no... Read Moret Patagonia's. The shirt itself is high quality and I plan on wearing it for years to come.
Great depending fabric/color
Absolutely love the feel and drape of these shirts but depending on the fabric or color they wrinkle when washing. The color options that are printed come out of the dryer ready to wear for me but the plaids are wrinkled to heck. It seems like this is because of the threads of fabric being died (changing some characteristics) and then being woven i... Read Morento other fabric. Some of the plaids I own come out looking so bad they require ironing. Stick to the prints and these are great!
not cut for me
great product, exactly what i was looking for. but, althought i know your products are designed for people more athletic than i, i thought the xl would be cut a bit more full to fit ny build
Hi Robert, we're very sorry to hear that the fit of the Men's Back Step Shirt wasn't what you expected. The Back Step is a regular fit and will be slightly form fitting. If you're wanting something more relaxed, take a peek at our Men's Island Hopper Shirt, https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-island-hopper-shirt/52075.html?dwvar_52075_color=VOFB. It might be just what you're looking for!
Meh. Pills up terribly
Want as I may to like them I can't. They pill up and always look wrinkled.
Hi Christian, due to the knit appearance of the face fabric of this particular item, this pilling can be more noticeable on a Patagonia Men's Back Step Shirt. To prevent pilling, we recommend washing that item either by hand in cool to cold water, or separately in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. It's best to lay it flat to dry rather than place it in the dryer where the fabric can easily get abraded. To remove pilling that has already occurred, a sweater shaver or sweater stone is an excellent tool and can help the garment look brand new again. Of course, if you are not pleased with the performance of your Men's Back Step Shirt, you are absolutely welcome to send it in for a warranty returns evaluation under our Ironclad Guarantee, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
I hope Patagonia does not try to alter the design or sizing with this product in the future. It is a really handsome shirt-lightweight and airy as advertised-and the attention to detail is really evident in how the shirt is crafted. I'm 5'8" with a a bit of muscle on my upper body and a size medium is fantastic. I'm glad it'... Read More;s not tight in the armpits or across the back-I have plenty of freedom and room to move. If this shirt became a super slim fit that was trying to be more fashion-oriented it would be ruined! Keep this piece as it is, please! The goshawk dobby weave pattern is even airier than the others and the way it is sewn is just awesome. Also love the coconut buttons! This shirt, hands-down, is the short sleeve button-up that you want to grab spring, summer, and fall. Keep the straight hem across the bottom, keep the relaxed nature of it so it is not constricting (sleeves could maybe be a touch shorter, but that's it).
Almost a kimono like print, very subtle!
I have had, nd still have many, many Patagonia shirts of various kinds, and some of my favorites are the annual button down, short sleeved prints. There is almost always something perfect for my style, and this year it is the blue-black Japanese kimono pattern. Very subtle, appropriate for work or nights out, and built with the expected Patagonia q... Read Moreuality and consistency of sizing and fit. I almost always can predict what will fit me, even as my body changes through the years. That confidence allows me to order most items without trying them on first, and the quality of materials and thoughtfulness of the design and construction means I will get a good long life out of anything I buy and the Worn Wear gets a good percentage of things that still have life to give!
Great except for itchies
The fabric really seems like a great balance between light and tough. It hangs well and looks great. It has a quality feel to it and I love the buttons, which seem to be made of coconut shells. Unfortunately my skin just can't handle it - it is very itchy to the point where I can't wear it at all. Very bummed that I have to return it.
Hi Clayton! We're so bummed to hear that the fabric doesn't work for you. You might like our [Men's Organic Cotton Slub Poplin Shirt](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-organic-cotton-slub-poplin-shirt/51775.html) as it has no hemp and may be easier on your skin.
Different Shirt Design
I thought the background color from Internet pictures was dark blue; black is a more 'in your face' color and is not as informal as I wanted. The construction is good; a softer material would have made it more comfortable. All in all, it IS Patagonia and zI have purchased ~ 45 shirts from Patagonia- in Montana, in Argentina, on the Inter... Read Morenet and in used clothing stores in Florida for salt water fly fishing!!! Keep it up and please insert a wild design in your shirts once and awhile!!!!!! John Ebeling
not just another pretty shirt...
Cotton n hemp blend in this shirt breaths well and feels tuff, like it will last forever. The Great color print makes me smile, it has a cool pocket slot 4 a pen and washes and dries well on a hanger. It is a shirt that's a heaver weight than your typical 100%cotton aloha type shirt, of which I prefer...
Nice but pricy
This is a really nice shirt. Cool enough to wear comfortably on a hot day (90s, if you are in the shade). It looks spectacular. To the point where Ive gotten compliments almost every time Ive worn it. It feels ok against the skin. The fabric is a bit rougher than what Im used to but not to the point that it is uncomfortable. Its durable enough alth... Read Moreough it is a bit thin so Id recommend this as a casual only piece (I have a feeling it would fall apart on anything more demanding then an outing around town with friends). With that being said you still dont have to baby it on a daily basis. The bottom line: this shirt is awesome. Its sexy, not to warm for hot days, and comfortable. The only thing I can complain about is the high price. If you can look past that, Id get it today.
Runs way small
I ordered two of these shirts in different colors. After washing them before I wore them in cold water, I wore the first and found that it either runs way small or it shrunk a lot! In addition the combination of cotton and hemp makes it act like linen and unless it's pressed it turns out to be full of wrinkles, not good for a casual shirt!
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are sorry the shirt did not work out. You are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it at your convenience as our products are covered by our Ironclad Guarantee.
Nice quality button up short sleeve
I am a big fan of the Mens Go to Shirt, which is nearly perfect. But unfortunately this year only three color styles were offered. In years past it closer to 8 style were offered and I have bought 2 of them every year as they hold up and look perfect over time. The back step shirt is a slightly heavier feeling fabric with a more texture than the go... Read Moreto shirt. Fit is great and the black floral print looks nice.
Easy to toss on and look put together
6'1, 175. Medium fits perfect. Not too slim or too baggy. I wear it mostly for casual settings and after a few washes it just keeps getting softer. Material is well built and I really like the buttons. I have the shirt in multiple colors and it is an easy way to look put together and still be comfortable. The material also breathes pretty well... Read More for warmer temps. Definitely a go to for spring through fall. Girlfriend/significant other approved.
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