Reviewed by dave from maryland on Friday, November 8, 2013
What a disappointment. A Filson jacket at a reasonable price, but still not worth the money (even at 37% of the original Filson price). The fabric seems ok, but the otter green version looks like a WW2 army wool coat. And it’s rather heavy, not at all a four-season waterproof shell . The length is somewhere between what I’d call a jacket and a parka. It should be at least three inches longer; length is a critical factor but is seldom listed. There is a drawstring at the bottom but none at the waist, and it is very large around the waist; perhaps designed for someone with a very fat belly. There are ample pockets, but – The cargo pockets have a vertical divider so there are two pockets under each flap; don’t know why. The zippers on the hand warmer pockets behind the cargo pockets pull down to open but require two hands to close. Likewise the welded zippers on the chest pockets require holding the bottom of the jacket with one hand while pulling the zipper up with the other. And why not put the zippers on the other side of the pocket making them easier to access? The left interior pocket would be useful, however the zipper on the right interior pocket is 1.5 inches shorter and I cannot get my hand into the pocket. This pocket is quite deep, so anything you put in it will be difficult to get out. I cannot imagine what the designer had in mind. They did get the collar right with the zipper extending up the collar; no more using one hand to keep the collar closed while leading your horse with the other. Filson has been around for about 117 years; amazing since they seem incapable of improving their designs or integrating “modern” technology like Velcro and zippers.