Lester River Bushcraft Wool Boreal Shirt Anorak

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Lester River Bushcraft wool made in USA.  The original and premier wool shirt for the modern outdoorsman since 2009.


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The Boreal Shirt is a full coverage Wool shelter for your woodland pursuits.

With a generous fit and rugged construction, this shirt might never return to your closet. It's cut long enough to shield your hips, and wide to stuff with layers.

The wrists cinch shut with stainless steel snaps, while the hood and neck gauntlet close down with draw cords. There's a bungee at the hem to stop drafts and let you adjust the length. The front pocket offers shelter for your hands, and multiple storage pouches for gathering. There's even a zippered pocket for your valuables and two lashing rings for keys or tools.

Wool is naturally flame retardant, antibacterial, and resistant to dirt and oils. It holds body heat when it's wet, and wicks moisture away from your body to regulate your personal environment.   You'll spend less time worrying about staying clean, working with fire in camp, or changing your layers when the temperatures shift. What's more, we've pre-shrunk the fabric so you can care for it at home.

Handmade with pride in Duluth, Minnesota.

Durable, Rugged, Outdoor Jacket Built to Last a Lifetime




International Customer Shipping:

  • Important:  After placing your order,  we will send you another invoice to cover shipping charges.  The item will not be shipped until this additional invoice is paid.
  • We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations.  We charge for shipping to the destination country; anything beyond that resides with the consumer and the specific country customs regulations.  After making your purchase, another invoice will be sent to the buyer to cover shipping charges to the destination country.  
  • Customs - be aware of customs guidelines and any applicable charges.  Customs regulations vary by country.  Customs are outside of my control - each consumer is responsible to research and understand the regulations.  
  • Customs forms:  Products purchased will never be declared as a gift to avoid the possibility of customs charges - doing so is fraud.  If you are ordering a Boreal shirt or Northwoods poncho, the item is identified as a 'wool shirt made in USA' on every customs form.  

If you would like to get a shipping quote for an international order, please contact Jason at 218.428.4766




Because these are hand made garments, we want to provide the best possible service for our customers and ensure availability.

If you can add the item to your cart it is in stock and will ship within 1-4 business days. 


Color Options

Two color options: Foliage/Olive Green and Gray.  



The following are actual measurements from the garment. Use them to find the size you prefer:






Arm Length


Average Height

Average Weight









140 lb









170 lb









200 lb









230 lb


How to measure:

Neck: measured around outside of seam

Chest: measured around garment at armpit

Length: from shoulder seam at neck to hem

Hips: hem circumference

Arm Length: from shoulder seam to cuff

Shoulders: from seam to seam behind the neck


Don't see your size or have questions about sizing?  Contact me and I'll help you through it.  Custom sizes such as XXL, 3XL, etc. are available for an additional charge.  Custom design/feature adjustments are not available.  


The wool Boreal shirt is licensed exclusively to Lester River Bushcraft from Empire Wool & Canvas Company.

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  • 5
    We love them!!

    Posted by Amy L Winkel on Nov 15th 2020

    I bought these for me and my spouse 2 years ago. We love these!!! They are very comfortable and just oversized enough to wear a long john top and flannel underneath. We have worn them out hunting and while working outside for the last 2 winters here in WI. The front pocket is great for carrying deer calls, hand warmers, gloves, a snack or whatever. Cant imagine how we managed before we got these shirts. We do a lot of outdoor stuff hunting, hiking snowshoeing cross-country skiing etc., so we wear them all winter long. These shirts are very well made.

  • 5

    Posted by Janet Cooper on Nov 14th 2020

    Well worth the money! Great customer service!

  • 5

    Posted by Kevin on Sep 17th 2020

    I grew up hiking, camping and rock climbing in the mountains on N.C. I am an ex rescue swimmer in the Coast Guard. I know what works and what doesnt. I also owned a marine canvas business and know quality and craftsman ship when I see it. Yall knocked this one out of the park. Excellent job LRB !!!

  • 5
    Exceeds Expectations

    Posted by Terence Parkinson on Feb 14th 2020

    Hey everyone
    Just wanted to post a quick review. I received my boreal shirt about a week ago and all I can say is I love it. I have a $700 Fjallraven jacket that the boreal shirt has outperforming in Ontario winter conditions. Had it out in -10c yesterday for the whole day and was super comfortable with a sweater underneath.
    The fit is spot on. I had to call in a couple times to confirm sizing as I was worried about the fit (I am one of those annoying customers) - the recommendation based off our conversation turned out to be perfect.
    Absolutely love this thing; practical and it also looks great in my opinion. If you are debating getting one; just do it. My new favourite Garment. Well worth the money. Hope this helps anyone unsure. Thanks!

  • 5
    Boreal Shirt Anorak

    Posted by Brad M on Jan 26th 2020

    What a great transaction from start to finish. Ordered the Boreal shirt anorak on Jan 11, 2020 and received it Jan 25, 2020. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is evident throughout the garment. Impeccable seams, no loose threads. Im 5’10” 235 and ordered the Large. I usually nave trouble with sleeves being annoyingly shirt. Not so with this anorak. I will be refining the layering scheme but so far I have work a Poartec base layer and just the anorak in 28* and was comfortable. It fits perfectly as insulation under Fajallraren Anorak #8. I highly recommend the Lester River Boreal shirt anorak.

  • 5
    Boreal shirt

    Posted by Kam on Nov 29th 2019

    This is my absolute favorite piece of gear! It's a solid shirt. Plenty of pockets. Plenty of places to close out the cold. Incredible, worth every penny!

  • 5
    lester river 100% wool boreal shirt

    Posted by Bill B on Feb 3rd 2019

    By far the best jacket I ever owned. I bought this Jacket Sept 2018 and wear it in weather from 40 degrees above zero to the recent -45 drgrees below zero we just had here in Minnesota ( feb 2109 record lows ). This jacket is amazing when using the right layers under it. At those below below zero temp's I paired this jacket with the Duluth Pack Co. Adirondack Jacket and had no problem being warm and dry . I wear this jacket winter camping , fall camping , walking the dog, sledding, outside cold weather chores ITS AMAZING111. Im 5'10" tall and 200 lbs. I bought the large and tons of room to layer for all weather temps and activities. Don't let the price scare you away. This Jacket has kept me alive winter camping in Northern MN, and kept me cozy warm due fall football. In fact every time I wear it people comment on how warm I stay and how nice it looks. With my job and hobbies I spent a ton of time outdoors. This is hands down the best jacket I have ever owned.

  • 5
    Awesome product ordering another

    Posted by Bill Wade on Dec 10th 2018

    I’m an US Army Infantry Vet 1990-1998, I’ve fished and hunted the northeast US since I was a young kid, I’ve done construction across US and Canada for the last 20+ years, I’m currently doing heavy construction drilling, excavation, foundations, hi-rise and superstructure concrete in NYC year round. During winters when the winds blow down Hudson and East Rivers when you’re 30-75ft below or 500 to 1000ft+ above street level out in cold for 9+hrs per day you freeze your gobblegools off period thee end. From youth, military, work, life, etc... I absolutely hate being cold! I get real cranky! I’ve tried so much gear adding to my kit to stay warm over the years from military issue stuff, Carhartt, Dickies, Under Armor, and other fugazzi crap etc... to stay warm you have to layer so thick you can’t move. Then about a year or so ago after following Dave Canterbury of Pathfinder School I learned about the 100% wool boreal shirt. At first I thought $250+ was pricey for a hoodie. Recently I said screw it and tried to order one but was redirected to you guys at Lester River. I received this past Friday, the quality and construction was amazing I wore all weekend temps in NJ / NYC are in 20-30s. I was extremely impressed and really warm. I wore today to work for first time. I loved it and so did many of the 60+ guys I work with. I wore just a flannel shirt and a woolrich vest at times I was almost too warm. I’m 6’3” 240lbs I ordered XL there’s plenty of room to add some additional layers when temps drop further. After I submit this review I’m ordering another one for use at home. Thank you for creating and selling such a great product. For those on the fence about ordering one or more do it you will not be disappointed!!!

  • 5

    Posted by Jason on Apr 2nd 2018

    Best purchase I have ever made for serious bushcraft.
    Get it one or even two sizes bigger than needed so you can layer if needed. ( AIR BETWEEN LAYERS = WARMTH )
    I have used this in UTAH back country in January with a base layer , hoodie,Smartt wool button up then the boreal and was very warm until the temperature dropped below -25 Fahrenheit.