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Nylon or polyester outer shell with polyester fiber fill lining for warmth. Storm front flap closure, knit collar, waistband, and cuffs, two outer and two inner welt type pockets with snap fasteners. Reverses to high visibility Indian Orange. Sizes: S - 5XL
- ASIN: B0056QPYPO
- Date first available at Amazon.com: June 19, 2011
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Pros: VERY warm.
It's a somewhat unique style, that is, at least where I live, I don't see anyone else wearing this jacket.
It just works.
Cons: VERY warm - I sweat easily, so if I'm moving around alot then sometimes I'll start sweating a little.
The back is a bit short and can ride up, but I think this is a problem with this kind of jacket in general and not necessarily this specific brand.
Consider wearing gloves because the pockets offer little protection from the cold (there's no filler between the inside of the pocket and the shell of the jacket).
Overall, the cons are kind of minor and don't bother me too much. Pros outweigh the cons, easily.
On sizing, I am normally in between a medium and a large. I ordered a large and it fits fine, it's a little bit roomy so maybe I should have gotten a medium, but I'm not complaining.
In summary, excellent for your money but wear gloves. What else is there to say, it's a jacket, it will keep you warm, and it looks good.
A few "pluses": this jacket is surprisingly warm; there are deep, inside pockets, large enough to hold folded maps, etc.; all components seem to be top-notch.
A few minor "cons": stitching along the zipper started falling out by the third wearing--I repaired it, as I know what quickly happens to a synthetic jacket if undone stitching is left unrepaired; the zipper teeth have very sharp edges, and when the jacket is worn unzipped, accidentally raking the sleeve along the zipper teeth can quickly abrade the fabric; the zipper is a silvery metal (not brass-colored), but is not magnetic. The teeth can be scratched easily with an awl, but the color underneath is still silvery, so not sure what this material is--I would have preferred brass; The nylon fabric makes some definite noise when walking (sleeves rubbing on the sides of the body section); the lower part of the jacket does have a strong tendency to ride up--I find myself constantly pulling it down; the zipper draft-flap tends to get caught in the upper part of the zipper, but not sure what could be done about this, other than being careful when zippping; I had to hunt for the labels--they're inside the pockets.
Bottom line: I intend to keep and use this jacket.
Also, the color was way off. I thought I was getting a gray color (titanium) but it actually looks light green. It's what I ordered, as it says titanium on the tag, but the color is not the same as depicted on amazon. See the user photo I posted.
On the upside, it fits me well, and seems warm and weather-proof. And Alpha Industries is willing to take it back by sending me a shipping label. They said if I want a refund, they'll refund me purchase price minus a $10 fee. I'm thinking of exchanging it for the pricier one from their site, then there won't be a fee.
I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned the stiff, plasticky material. It's that bad.
Update: I exchanged this for a REAL Alpha Industries MA-1 jacket. THAT is a quality jacket for only about 100 bucks. I got a large, which is a little snug, but I'm keeping it. It's way better than the fabric of this jacket I've reviewed.
[Follow-up after exchange.] The medium size fits pretty well in shoulder width and arm length. The chest is still a bit roomy for me, however, and the bottom of the coat is very loose around my 34 inch waist/hip--though the elastic waist band makes up somewhat for this. In all fairness, I should point out that my body type (see above)is hard to fit off the rack.
Sizing issues aside, though, this MA-1 style jacket is bargain-priced. The mil-spec ones are tougher, but they also cost much more. The KA piece is a good value for this type of jacket.
BTW, I bought my first, too-big jacket from Sportsman's Guide. The cost + shipping there was a few dollars less, but it took 9 calendar days to get here. This order--through Amazon--was much faster: 4 days, inclusive, from order to doorstep.
I'll do one more follow-up review up when I get a chance to field test this garment. (Temps in Virginia have been in the high 70's and low 80's recently!)
Update: I've had the jacket now for just under a year, and I love it. It turns out it is both wind-proof and water-repellent--though still don't know if it is waterproof, as I haven't worn it in a soaking downpour. I love the little sleeve pocket, which is where my cell phone lives now. It'd be 5 staras except for the goofy fit--with sleeves too long and tight, shoulders too wide, and body too loose. Also this style has no collar and a wide neck--so you need a scarf in cold weather. Still, it is feather-light and so useful, I've barely been out of it all winter.