TRU-SPEC Men's 24-7 Tactical Softshell Jacket
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- 90% nylon / 10% spandex
- Side seam zippers for easy access to belt or torso
- Lightweight, wind and water resistant material, providing room for the use of ballistic vests or holstered firearms
- Zipper front closure with comfortable fleece lined zip through collar
- Two angled waist pockets with hidden covered zipper closures and mesh lining; two rear zipper pockets on lower back
- Side seam zippers for easy access to belt or torso
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TRU-SPEC is one of the leading suppliers of uniforms and personal equipment to military, law enforcement and public safety markets. Thousands of police, firefighters, EMTs and military personnel use and depend on our products daily. The name TRU-SPEC has become synonymous with quality, innovation and service. Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, USMC (Ret.) known as "The Gunny" has become the official celebrity spokesperson for TRU-SPEC's line of tactically inspired apparel.
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This is a very hefty soft shell with a thin fleece liner. It seems perfect for the South for most of the cooler months. Another layer or two may be needed in the colder months but with a balistic vest we typically only need a little bit of arm insulation to keep warm down here. It's probably not sufficient as a "coat" for colder climates but would still be good for spring/fall.
The velcro on the shoulders makes this a great jacket if your department doesn't provide all of your gear and you'd rather spend your money on something that you can wear "off duty" (and they have a fairly flexible uniform policy). I got two department patches from our administration/equipment guy, sewed "hook" velcro on the backs and keep them in the bicep pockets. This way I can wear it wherever I like without being "tha police" but can slap the department patches on when on duty and still be identifiable.
However, my biggest gripe with this jacket (and has been from the start) is the zipper. I'm not a small guy (6'4", 275), but I'm also not a beach ball. I'm fairly active, and most other jackets this size fit me very well, but none have the zipper issues this jacket has had. Within the first month, the left side of the zipper began tearing away from the jacket. After 6 months it was almost gone. Nowadays, I have to zip it 5 or 6 times to get it to stay, or the zipper comes undone at the bottom and works its way up. It's very frustrating and makes it impossible to bend and move a lot in the jacket.
Maybe I just got a lemon, but I am very displeased with the quality of the zipper. I'd like to buy another, because it's a very comfortable softshell, but I'm looking elsewhere due to the zipper issues.
The jacket by itself can keep you warm up to about 55 degrees (This also depends if you naturally run hotter or colder). When the temperature gets cooler, you can simply wear a light fleece, hoodie or insulated jacket underneath without issue as the loose cut of the jacket is made to accommodate this. There are velcro wrist straps that easily adjust to each user's fit and has no problems accommodating gloves. There are zippers along the sides of the jacket that open up to accommodate a waist pack or backpack (if you choose to wear it underneath). Adding a hood would be the only upgrade I would suggest so you can wear it in tougher conditions like extreme cold or rain.
This jacket works with many different activities including hiking, cycling, and casual wear. During hiking, it has enough pockets in the front, rear and arms to carry more than your basic essentials and helps to disperse the weight well. On hiking trips I use to bring a small pack to carry snacks, water and other essentials, but with this jacket, I can simply disperse these items to all the different pockets. During colder temperatures, I like using this jacket when I'm commuting by bicycle because it gives enough mobility to wear gloves and doesn't get in the way when I'm peddling. You can also unzip all the zippers half way to let in more air to cool you down if you get warmer.
This jacket doesn't just have lots of pockets, but pockets that are very well engineered to accommodate a variety of items in all shapes and sizes. The front pockets are wide and tall which can fit an ipad mini or taller items like a water bottle (keep in mind if you sit down, these items will bunch up which you'll need to unzip the sides to compensate). The front pockets are also double zippered which allows you access either from the top or bottom which is very handy if you just need to grab an item without the rest falling out or just warming your hands at the bottom. The rear pocket can fit bulkier items like a light jacket so it doesn't get in the way, but an insulating jacket that can compact itself into a small bag would be ideal. The arm pockets are easy to open and close and is large enough fit items such as cell phones, small first aid kits, tissues....etc
Overall Tru-spec makes pretty good quality products at very reasonable prices so there's a lot of value to be had. I haven't noticed any weak areas like stitching or zippers in the jacket so it's been holding up fine for the past 2 years. A few other tactical companies make similar jackets, but I recommend this one as you get quality without having to pay an arm and a leg! Being able to stick on patches on either side of the arms is a nice touch to further customize your jacket! Great balance of function and looks!