We are finishing up a production run of CPO Shirts now, and are shipping what we have on hand. This run is all MidWeight Fabric, both Solid Drab Color and Lynx Pattern, in sizes from XXXSmall to 2XLarge. Better Team USA has almost completed work on this run, but we don't quite have all the sizes/colors yet.
We are shipping now, and website will accept payment for any CPO in stock.
If you need larger than 2X, please contact us directly. Prices from old backorders will be honored.
If you are interested in a CPO not in stock, please place a no-obligation backorder at a price of 0, or give us a call to set up your SHIP ASAP backorder.
We don't have any definite plans to make CPOs in FullWeight Fabric, although we do not rule it out. None of the CPOs shown on this page are in our FullWeight Fabric colors (Black and Duff).
The classic CPO (Chief Petty Officer) Shirt originated almost 100 years ago, and has been widely appreciated ever since. It’s a jacket or a shirt, depending upon what you need, what else you wear and the Fabric from which it is made. In our Fabric, the CPO Shirt is extremely versatile, enhancing the basic, timeless design.
The CPO is constructed with our own Merino Jacquard Fabric, and has been offered in both FullWeight and MidWeight Fabrics, but we now view the CPO as primarily a MidWeight garment. The present production run is MidWeight only (Solid Drab Color and Lynx Pattern). We have our FullWeight Fabrics coming in 3rd quarter 2022, but instead of FullWeight CPOs, we plan to make FullWeight ShirtJacs.
The CPO is typically a 2nd layer but often a 3rd layer and is sometimes worn as a midlayer, particularly now, with the emphasis on MidWeight CPOs. Some people will tuck the CPO into their Pants. Our Fabric is comfortable enough that the CPO can be worn over a short-sleeve base layer or even no base layer (as in the video at bottom).
Front chest pockets with button-down flaps are deep enough for a large phone
Collar is smaller than the ShirtJac, yet substantial enough that if you fold it up you will notice the extra warmth around your neck
Above the cuff is a 4-inch opening, secured by a button, offering good closure but also enabling the cuff to be comfortably folded up the forearm
The cuffs are secured by either of two buttons that enable versatile adjustment
Extra-long sleeves, reducing the need for gloves
The rounded shirt tails are long enough to be tucked in or worn out
MidWeight CPO Shirt in size Large weighs about 2 lbs (about 0.9 kg)
FullWeight CPO Shirt (but no plans to make them) in size Large will weigh nearly 3 lbs (1.36 kg)
In January 2016, I spent a few days in Fairbanks, Alaska, making several presentations to United States Military. With a light wool base layer, the FullWeight CPO Shirt was comfortable at indoor temperatures of 70F/21C, and was good enough outdoors in temps of -10F/-23C!
Here is a review published by Explore Magazine and written by Kevin Callan, the magazine's field editor and a well-known tester of outdoor products. The review was written when we referred to the CPO as a ShirtJac (sorry for confusion!).
And a neat comment sent to us by customer Bruce Carlson: "Received my XL Lynx [CPO Shirt] yesterday. Wore it to work today. 5-6 compliments … everyone wanted to 'touch' it!". People wanting to "touch it" is something we hear often about Lynx Pattern.