I have a jacket problem. Not that I have too many jackets, but not enough room for them. Not sport jackets mind you, but outdoorsy jackets- 3 layer shells, soft shells, 800 fill down jackets, 20,000 mm waterproof breathable 4 way stretch ski jackets, and the list goes on.
Recently, I’ve found myself gravitating to non-technical wool wear; namely, the Woolrich Tailgating jacket. It looks as rugged as it is. The first time you put it on, you can almost feel the weight of the company's 180 years of history on your shoulders.
The Tailgating jacket is not for fastpacking, unless by that you mean packing the rear of your Outback on a 10-degree morning. It’s a jacket designed for humble pure outdoor pursuits; hurdling down hills on metal runnered sleds, skating on frozen ponds, and snowball exchanges.
The Tailgating jacket is derived in part from the 503, Woolrich’s original field coat, that was popular with hunters in the early 1900’s. The Tailgating jacket got great features like a tall collar that shields unprotected earlobes from skin searing winds and inner knit cuffs that keep light powder from infiltrating sleeves.
But the feature I like most is the game pocket. Originally designed for carrying birds, it’s perfect to stow an extra hat or pair of gloves for an accident-prone child or for carrying a foot long or two home “hands free”. The game pocket is cavernous. It’s accessible from either end. It’s the most underused pocket on any jacket I own.
The Tailgating jacket is available exclusive online at Woolrich.com and will be available nationwide Fall 2010. MSRP $189.