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Last Updated: September 2021

Olivers Apparel Review: Upscale Performance Clothing

Olivers Apparel Shorts Review

All Over Short (Lined)

Run. Jump. Throw. These shorts are ready for it all. It’s got everything you love about Olivers Apparel flagship piece with a light, moisture wicking liner included.

Featured Product: All Over Short (Lined)

Price: $85

The Olivers Apparel All Over Short (Lined) was created to be a go-to piece for any activity you can throw at it. These shorts come with a built-in moisture wicking liner to help combat even your sweatiest activities. They are also water repellent, increasing the possibility of wearing them in any type of weather. And the all over stretch weave fabric they use helps to create a 4-way stretch for added comfortability all day long.

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Ratings Breakdown

quality

The quality of Olivers Apparel feels and seems to be some of the highest quality performance apparel on the market currently.

value

These products perform well and appear to be high quality, but are still a bit pricier than other competitors with similar product lines.

customer experience

This apparel is beautifully made, stylish, breathable, and extremely comfortable all day long.

brand

The brand’s mission to bring comfortable, yet stylish upscale performance apparel to the masses is awesome. But we would love to see more transparency in their manufacturing process and efforts in philanthropy in order to be a 5-star brand.

Who is Olivers Apparel?

Olivers Apparel launched in 2013 by David Wolfe. He comes from a long line of clothiers, so this brand seems like a natural progression for him.

David wanted to create a better line of performance apparel that not only performed at the top of its game, but was also comfortable and classically stylish at the same time. That’s a pretty big bill to fill, but he had family experience on his side. And this passed down experience is what he worked off of to create their custom fabric blends.Reviewing Olivers Company Brand

Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs has also instilled a few key house rules that are the basis or operation for his business. These include:

  1. Make at least one thing better every place you go
  2. Good design has a sense of humor and so should you
  3. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
  4. Wisdom brings with it an awe of nature
  5. If you ignore history, it will ignore you
  6. Direction > Speed
  7. Nothing well done is insignificant
  8. Health is a lifelong craft
  9. We are guardians of the tale of those who came before us – a tale that becomes our responsibility to hand on to those who will come after
  10. Follow 90% of the rules. Break 10% of them.

As an entrepreneur myself, these rules are completely in line with my own philosophy and ethics. So, I like where the heart of this company is. However, it would be nice to see some actual philanthropic acts to back up these house rules.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Very Stylish
  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Good returns policy

Cons

  • Wool is a bit too warm for summer months
  • Lacks some manufacturing transparency

Olivers Apparel Performance & Experience

Since I’m constantly on the move, and live in a warmer environment, finding good upscale performance wear to fit my needs is generally high up on my list. However, it has been difficult to find products that fit me well, move with me, wick moisture away, keep me cool, and make me feel good wearing them. So, when I heard about Olivers Apparel, I just had to give them a try to see what all the hype was about.Oliver Apparel Clothing Review

Convoy Tee

The first product I decided to try was the Convoy Tee, size medium in Petrol colorway. This tee is made of 100% Merino wool, which seems a bit warm for the summer months to me. Comfortable T Shirts

I love Merino because it’s a fantastic fabric that I exclusively use for my hiking clothing. Having this as a tee is interesting though, because it is quite warm. The brand says that it will help keep you cool on hot days or warm on cold days. But I didn’t find that to be the case for me with regards to keeping me cool. However, I’m LOVING this now that the temperatures are lowering in the Fall.

The cut of  the tee didn’t quite work with around my shoulders. While it has an interesting pattern with the seams, it made the shirt sit funny on my frame. So, I can’t say that this will end up being a regular go-to performance shirt for me.

All Over Short (Lined)

The All Over Short (Lined) in a size medium was the next piece of apparel I tried. To initially test these out, I wore them to work and to run errands around town. The shorts don’t bunch up and the liner is perfect for being more active. Which I put to the test by doing some light yoga.Olivers Apparel Shorts

I really liked the color accent pieces at the end of the drawstrings on these shorts. It gives them a pop of color without being overly ostentatious. 

This pair is among my favorite go-to shorts in my closet now. I can see myself wearing the shirt and shorts to do low effort activities like walking the dog or playing table tennis. But probably not for more intense activities like running or boxing because of how hot the shirt was for me. And while it’s priced at $85, I may consider adding another of their 6 color options for added diversity in my closet.

Passage Pant

The last piece of apparel I tried from Olivers Apparel was the Passage Pant in a size 33. The fabric on these pants, just like the shorts, seems to be heavy and durable.

The pockets on both the pants and shorts are more than large enough for any of the items that I wanted to put into them.High-Quality Pants

Overall, I really liked the fit and feel of these pants when I was doing regular everyday activities. They also felt nice to just stay in when I went out to dinner with my wife. Both the shorts and the pants are great additions to my regular rotation these days. With warm Phoenix weather, I struggle with the desire to wear pants versus the overheating that it will cause. These honestly performed better than any other pants I own in the heat.

The $138 price tag is a bit steeper than I normally go in for, but for something you can wear in any situation and temperature, it’s worth it.

Is Olivers Apparel Good Quality

The premium fabrics the brand touts they have created lend to the proposed high quality of their products. On the Olivers Apparel fabrics page the consumer is informed that all of their fabrics have been made by extensively searching the globe for the best performing fabrics to use.

Their current line of custom fabrics include:

  • All Over Stretch Weave – high performance Nylon replacement consisting of 88% Nylon and 12% Spandex.
  • Merino Active Jersey – 100% Merino wool consisting of 18.5 Micron Merino, which is one of the softer wool options.
  • Passage Stretch Weave – a proprietary blend of Cordura Nylon and Lycra for added stretch, moisture wicking and comfort.
  • Classic French Terry – 100% Supima Cotton from Japan consist of extra long staple fibers for less pilling, tearing, wrinkling, fading, or fraying.
  • Alpine Series – made of 60% Polyester and 40% Cotton makes for a breathable, yet warming layer at the same time.
  • Charter Stretch Twill – combines the 100% Supima Cotton with other unknown fabric for stretch and comfort.
  • City Stretch Oxford – lightweight and breathable fabric made of some Cotton and unknown other fabrics.
  • Surge Series – made of 60% recycled Cotton and 40% recycled Poly, this is their most sustainable and eco-friendly blend.
  • Compass Ripstop Nylon – made of Ripstop Nylon developed in WWII to prevent the normal ripping and tearing of nylon and is also water resistant.
  • Pivot Tech – made from eco-friendly recycled fibers to be odor resistant, quick drying, and lightweight.

While all of these custom fabrics sound fantastic for performance, very few of them are actually eco-friendly and sustainable. And none of them tell us anything about where the raw materials are sourced.

The brand lists no certifications denoting quality, fair trade, sustainability, or ethical practices either. And, while there are some rumors floating around that their products are made here in the USA, my products came in saying “Made in China.”Olivers Apparel Quality

All of these things are big flags to me about what the brand claims. While I love the “house rules” the company has to make the world a better place, there’s nothing concrete to back up their statements. So, until they become more transparent with the consumer on all of the aforementioned points, their brand claims are just that; brand claims. Which makes it difficult to fully determine the actual quality of their products at this point, unfortunately.

Is Olivers Apparel Worth It?

When it comes to upscale high performance menswear, Olivers Apparel has created a great line of options. Their fabrics do seem to feel and act high quality and are really comfortable to wear. However, their price points are pretty darn steep for the average consumer.Comfortable Everyday Pants

Since they don’t have any certifications or supply chain information to give us reasons for their inflated price tags, it’s a bit difficult to say they are worth it right now. While I really enjoyed the apparel items I tried from them, I can’t say that I’m going to dive in and buy more items. 

In order for me to justify a higher premium on products like this, I need to have more information telling me why I should. Even if they had one or two of these types of certifications it would help ease my mind that my purchase is helping the world and not hurting it:

Until then, I say give them a shot if you’ve been in the market for upscale performance apparel, but the environmental factors aren’t as important to you.

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Olivers Apparel Coupons & Discounts

Olivers Apparel is currently offering a discount of $25 off your first order of $150 or more on their website. If you choose to join their email list, it’s highly probable that you will receive discount codes in the future as well.

Passage Pants

Passage Pant

4-way stretch. Durable CORDURA threads. Think: your favorite jeans, updated for everyday performance.

faqs

If your order is being shipped via domestic shipping, then you can expect it to take 1-2 business days for it to process. After the order has been processed, then it typically takes 5 business days to get to you. If you decide to pay for next day shipping, then it will leave the warehouse the next business day.

If you are an international customer, you will have to pay a $15 fee for domestic shipping. It can take up to 3 days to leave the warehouse once your order is placed after that.

Olivers Apparel accepts returns shipped back to them within 30 days of the order date. This is true as long as the product is in its original condition with all original packaging and labels. These must also have a copy of the order receipt or an RMA in order to be processed.

All returned orders are subject to an $8 processing fee, which will be deducted from the amount refunded.

Olivers does also have their 365 Olivers Guarantee. This policy guarantees that any Olivers products that are damaged outside of normal wear and tear will be repaired or replaced for free. This policy is in effect for a full year from the purchase date and is subject to discretion.

Olivers Apparel products typically fit true to size, but may be a slightly slimmer cut. This is due to the nature of the performance materials used in their products. Each clothing page has a sizing guide for that specific product. But, if you need more clarification, they have a separate sizing guide for your reference that may be of greater assistance.

Most of their clothes should be washed with like colors and other synthetic materials. You should turn your Olivers Apparel items inside out before washing on cold in the delicate cycle. The brand says to use mild, sports, or wool specific detergent on their products. When it comes to drying your athleisure wear, you can either tumble dry on low or hang dry.

However, if you have any items from the Convoy or Porter series, you should follow the aforementioned instructions with a couple of small tweaks. They suggest only using wool specific detergent and hand washing instead whenever possible.

Yes, Olivers Apparel does offer financing through their partnership with ShopPay. When you choose to checkout with ShopPay, you can either pay for your purchase in full or with 4 equal payments. These payments will be interest free and due every 2 weeks until your purchase is paid off.

One of the biggest benefits of using ShopPay is that this company plants trees with every purchase you make. And the trees they plant for every purchase help to offset the cost of the extra CO₂ needed for your delivery. Pretty cool, huh?

 

Olivers Apparel Summary

Overall, Olivers Apparel has done a fantastic job creating upscale performance apparel. Their products perform well with regard to moisture wicking, odor resisting, moving with your body, and just looking good overall. Their products feel nice to the touch and appear to be higher quality. Olivers Apparel Pants

However, until we can actually confirm any of their brand claims regarding sustainability and eco-friendliness, it’s hard to give them a huge thumbs up. But, I’m hopeful that in the near future they will put their money where their mouth is and become more transparent. When that happens, this company could really make a big difference in the world of upscale performance apparel.