its invention by conservationist rancher Warner Glenn has imbued
this legendary shirt with a distinct character, not every Orvis
customer wears our popular Malpai Shirt while wrangling, ranching,
or hunting. In fact, most don’t. As many Orvis customers who’ve
cared to write us have expressed, our Malpai Shirt, as with much
of our men’s clothes, is often worn simply because it’s
comfortable and it looks good – "Old Droopy" being
a glaring exception, apparently…
– From a letter written by Orvis customer
some days, when it is good and hot, I wear my old droopy Orvis straw
hat that I wad up in my back pocket when I go inside. On a particularly
hot summer day, I walked into a cafe for lunch in Tishomingo, Oklahoma,
kinda close to my little ranch on Blue River, and sat down at the
bar. I’d paid special attention that day in the way I dressed.
I had taken a bath, shaved and put on my jeans, cowboy boots, and
stone Malpai Shirt, washed enough times to take the new out of it.
In a hurry, I had grabbed my old droopy Orvis hat that had seen
better days. In spite of the hat, I thought I looked pretty good.
Seated at the bar, I noticed a refined, handsome lady in her fifties
sitting alone in a corner booth, glancing at me a time or two. I
was flattered. I’m not a young man and my prowling days are
about over, but I gave her a few furtive glances. I’m still
not too old to enjoy looking at a good-looking woman. Then I stuck
old Droopy in my back pocket and ate a chicken fried steak with
white gravy. Finished, I put on old droopy and was about to pay
on my way out when I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was the good-looking
lady. She said, "Sir," looking me straight in the eye,
"you are a good looking man. So is the shirt." Dumbfounded
with thoughts I shouldn't have had, I was speechless. With a beautiful
grin, she continued, "But that is the ugliest darn hat I ever
saw." Then she turned and walked out. I never saw her again,
but I think of her every time I put on my stone Malpai Shirt or
my droopy Orvis hat (not at the same time anymore) and think of
the many things I could have said in return.
Customers Rave to Us About
Their Malpai Shirts!
to the rescue! I spent almost six hours clearing ice encrusted limbs from
my friend Charles' property and did it in relative comfort due largely
to the Malpai shirt I was wearing.”––– C. Brown
“While I was comfortably casting away and landing cutthroats that
ranged up to 22 inches, a bald eagle soared over our heads. Great Day!
Great shirt!”––– C. M. Flanagan
“ When I saw my olive Malpai shirt, it was love at first sight.
We made a great pair fly fishing the rivers and lakes of the Patagonia
region of Chile. Through the rain, sun, high winds - not to mention lack
of laundry facilities - my faithful Malpai shirt never let me down.”––– J. Linemood
“Believe me, a bull moose is really attracted to Malpai red.”
––– Tom Treece
“Now, I know you think of it the Malpai as a rough and tough shirt.
However, I use it as a dress casual shirt and it’s ALWAYS a predictable
hit.”–– B. Boylan
Orvis-for Malpai, and all the other great Orvis products I've bought and
continue to enjoy, indoors and out.”
––– T. Vaughn
“I’ve enjoyed past early duck hunting going only in my Malpai
shirt. It is both comfortable and tough enough to hold up against hikes
through endless stretches of abrasive Roseau cane that encircles most
brackish marshes.”––– S. Penici
must admit that wearing my Malpai Shirt has resulted in a lot of conversations
having begun, predominantly with beautiful women. On one occasion, a wife
dragged her husband along with her to say to me - 'He'd look good in this
- where can we get him one!'”––– M. Thomas
almighty—that’s a jaguar!” said Arizona rancher Warner
when he saw what his dogs had cornered on this outcrop. Behind
him is the photo he took of the cat, from his book, Eyes of Fire.
Rancher. Conservationist. Photographer. Warner Glenn defined all three of these roles on March 7, 1996, when he took the first photos of a live jaguar in the United States, an animal thought to be extinct in this country. A third-generation rancher, Warner spends his days moving cattle, mending fences, or guiding clients in search of game. Evenings he lobbies for conservation and enlightened preservation. He understands as well as anyone the delicate balance in every aspect of life in the desert Southwest. Several years ago the ranching community, with help from groups like the Nature Conservancy, formed the nonprofit Malpai Borderlands Group. Its goal is to improve the landscape for the unique plants and animals that exist along the New Mexico–Arizona border while supporting the traditional rural livelihoods of ranching and hunting in this region of more than one million acres. Activities include prescribed burning, fencing projects, riparian restoration, and grass banking. The Malpai Borderlands Group is one of the Southwest’s best hopes for future generations—and the jaguar—to enjoy wide-open country. Warner doesn’t offer his endorsement of any project lightly. He puts full energy behind anything he believes in, including the Orvis Malpai Shirt. He’s worn the Malpai Shirt while hunting, ranching, and guiding in some of the most rugged terrain on the planet, and he’s given it the nod.
To learn more about
the Malpai Borderlands Organization, and support its
progressive approach to ranching, call (520) 558-247