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Bear Trading Co Jacket Rain Resistant Finish

Reviewing: Bear Trading Company Rain Jacket  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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This jacket has worked out really well for being both warm and water resistant.

At the end of our summer hike, my hiking pal and I were looking for gifts for our guys and stumbled into an end-of-season sale at a store in Old Forge, NY. Old Forge is a tourist shopper’s paradise to begin with. If you have never been to Old Forge Hardware, it is not to be missed... but I digress; this store was across the street.

So she bought me a fleece jacket and then we each bought one of these jackets for our guys. I thought that the fabric would be a hit, but the color choices were only this mousy brown and a dusty red. I didn’t think he’d like either of those, but he’s been so happy with the rest of the jacket that it’s been a winner.

It’s all about that stupid paper route. It’s 365 days a year, and it rains a certain number of those, and he gets cold easily. A slicker just doesn’t work for getting in and out of the car to do stores and coin-op boxes. This jacket is sort of a middle of the road choice.

Fabric

The finish on the outer surface is hard to describe. I’ve never felt a fabric finish like this before. It says it’s polyurethane foam coating. It feels somewhat rubbery, but with the softness of nylon. I can see that at wear points it is beginning to get a little shiny looking (after 6 months of irregular use). The inside is a quilted nylon with a light insulation layer between. That nylon could be higher quality in my opinion. It seems to be a lower thread count than should be used for a jacket lining. This is not a true winter coat... sort of spring and fall weight. The collar and the inside of the hood are fleece. I gave the Material a 5 rating because I really like the finish on the outer fabric. The lining material should get a 2.

Mechanics

The hood zips off if desired. There is a drawstring with button-loc on the hem and on the edges of the hood. There are two zip pockets on the outside, and a zip inner pocket in the left breast. Zippers have large nylon teeth, except the inside pocket which is a regular nylon zipper. The cuffs have a velcro tab to snug them up a bit. There is a loop for hanging inside the neckband.

Care

It says this is machine washable on warm and machine dryable on low. We haven’t tried that yet.

Hubby says

He likes this a lot, Whew! He says that it is a lot more water resistant than a regular jacket and is a good weight for those in-between days. And he must be telling the truth because he really doesn’t like brown all that much.

I get the last word

Hubby is really hard on clothes. I don’t think this will last all that well. But he’s not wearing it every day, and I think that he will definitely get $20 worth of use out of it. The regular price was $34. I don’t think it would be worth that much. I’m concerned about the flimsy lining material.