I don't understand all the hate in these reviews for this version of the classic Polo. I am 48, 5'10", 160#, and have been buying Patagonia product for nearly 30 years. I have several of the old version of the Patagonia Polo shirt and have always loved them. My only criticisms of the previous version are that for me (I wear size M), the torso length was a tad on the short side and the shirt billowed out around the belly section. With the new version, Patagonia has fixed the fit, in my opinion. The fit is slimmer, but not slim. I don't have a belly, so I prefer a slimmer look. Also, the torso length is a little longer than the previous version. I would describe the fit as more athletic, less relaxed or regular. That said, I would not characterize the look as "slim".
For me, given my build, the new version is a more flattering, modern fit. I agree the white buttons are not preferred, but not a big deal in my opinion. Also, once washed, the new version is softer than the old version. Overall, I feel the cut and fit of the new polo is an upgrade over the previous version, if you prefer a slimmer, but not slim, fit.
It's OK, Really
I received one of the NEW Polo shirts two days ago, and my fears were misplaced. The shape has changed for the better from a box to a rectangle. It is indeed a Regular Fit and not a Relaxed Fit, which is what it is supposed to be and I find a more attractive fit. The buttons are probably an improvement. Nice weight and size and debossed with the Patagonia name. I was afraid they would be little plastic chips. They aren't. The fabric is an improvement. It has more weight and body than in recent years, yet has retained the softness. I must have 15 of these shirts going back many years, and the NEW edition is just fine, indeed probably an improvement.
Great Shirt - Timeless
First, I have a 1988 Polo shirt of Patagonia's in a wonderful Berry color that I am so happy to wear ! It's essentially new, I found it in a family members closet. When I went to buy another(Pink-ish) last year, I was concerned over changing dimensions of the shirt. Lo and behold, they are exactly the same! And trust me, I measure shirts a lot!!! Very very comfortable !!! For care, I machine wash and never use the dryer. These are heavy enough they do not crinkle. A timeless design ! Woo-hoo for thee Polo of all Polo shirts :)
I've been hoping for years that Patagonia would change the cut of the polos like this. The organic cotton and construction have always been second to none, but I always found the cut to be a little too big for my taste. As one poster put it, it went from a box to a rectangle. I no longer feel like I'm wearing a shirt that's as wide as a tent that struggles to cover my belt buckle. I'm buying as many colors that I can stand to look at in case Patagonia decides to discontinue the style.
Still Best Polo's Anywhere
I was a bit reluctant to purchase any of the "new" polo's after I read the reviews about the new fit, etc. After wearing the new ones, however, I find the new fit better than the former fit, since it is longer in the body and perhaps a tiny bit slimmer (I am 6'4").
The material may even be softer than before, and the "issue" with the buttons is, to me, a non-starter.
Nice Colors and Nice Sale
I bought this color and 3 more of the M's Polo while on 30% off. All of the colors say summer. They are real nice to go along with some of the more subdued colors I already own. The M's Polo is the only polo I buy becasue it is available in Extra Small. Having these new bright colors is just wonderful, as I wear them year round no matter the color.
When I wear a polo style shirt I grab a Patagonia Polo. The cotton is solid an durable, but comfy as can be. I love the fit, it is consistent with other Patagonia shirts and doesn't shrink up all tight and uncomfy once out of the dryer. For anyone looking for a Polo style shirt, i would for sure recommend this guy.
Remains a Wonderful Polo
The classic organic cotton polo remains the best I have found, and I have tried many brands. What varies from year to year are the available colors beyond navy, black, and white. This is largely a matter of taste, and I would encourage the product designers to keep a good selection of colors.
My go to polo
I am always in search of that perfect polo. Well really a perfect polo would always be comfortable, fit well, be well made, stands up to washing, wouldn't shrink, always looks and feels great. Hey I think I found it in the Patagonia Polo. I just ordered another one!
Not much you can say about a shirt but I can confirm that this meets the expectations you've probably come to have of Patagonia. The colors stay, the fabrics stay in good condition through multiple washes... good stuff.