Reviewed by Bonhommekc from Seattlem, WA / Norfolk, VA on Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Bought my first one of these jackets at full list price from the Filson flagship store in Seattle a couple years ago in otter green, and like it so much I bought a second one in dark tan when they showed up on STP earlier this year. The fabric behaves like Goretex - water rolls off it, and wind won't go through it. Note - the otter green and dark tan fabric are a flatter twill-like weave and have a stiffer feel to them (good for a shell-type jacket), whereas the black is more like whip-cord fabric and little less stiff - both types of material are classy looking fabric. The style and colors are tasteful and conservative enough to wear in the city (in the Northwest, at least), and also have the benefit of fitting in well in the woods with the natural colors (versus a bright colored climbing shell or ski jacket). It's the perfect jacket for fall / spring, and can comfortably fit a mid-weight fleece or heavy sweater underneath it for colder weather. It's perfect for wearing as a shell in the city on a cold, wet, rainy day, and also in the mountains to hike, climb, snow shoe, and even downhill ski with the snow blowing sideways (remember to layer). The coat is now my favorite ski / mountain shell, and have been pleasantly surprised as to how effective this jacket is as a shell in severe / extreme weather - as good as any technical mountain shell or Gortex jacket I have ever owned. I am also surprised at the number of compliments this jacket gets while walking around the city in it. Lots of well thought out pockets, a mesh liner, wind flap over the zipper, draw cord at the base - a very intelligently designed jacket with classic Filson styling. Ever have a jacket that you like so much that you look forward to cold and rainy weather, just so you can pull it out of the closet to wear it? Makes me smile every time I put it on.