In May 2010 I received this jacket from ASMC.de, a German mailorder website for all sorts of military and outdoor kit. I was looking for something warm, that I could wear under my smock when out and about.
As this jacket is made of wool, and I’m planning to go down the wool layering route regarding thermals, etc. I thought this jacket should fit the bill.
This jacket is an outdoor and all-round jacket in the best Merino wool, with a Polypropylene Mesh lining. It has a Proline wind-stopper in the front, two chest pockets and a drawstring at the bottom with stoppers at each side.
- Fabric: Merino Wool with synthetic mix. Polypropylene Mesh lining.
- Wash: 40°C / No Tumble dry.
- Use: All year, for expeditions and work.
- Size: Charcoal, Kaktus Green, Black XXS-3XL, Jeans Blue XS-XXL
- Available with or without hood.
The windstopper does work, but only if the wind isn’t blowing you from your socks as the arms and sides don’t have this.
Sizing is excellent. I’m normally a Large, so I ordered one in this size, though I was fearing the obvious for someone who has long arms. Upon arrival the jacket was a perfect fit, including the arms. The jacket is reasonably snug but loose enough to wear a T-shirt, shirt and light jumper underneath.
It’s available with or without a hood. At the time I bought my jacket I wasn’t aware of the one with a hood. If I was, I would have bought that one, as it’d be a bit warmer.
You can zip up all the way, making the collar into some sort of a turtle neck. Personally I find this uncomfortable since the zip tends to curl or bend a bit and create some pressure on my throat, but it prevents losing body warmth to a degree.
The chest-pockets don’t get much use. Sometimes I put my phone in it, or papers (passport) that I need often whilst traveling. They do take a USAF Pilot flask, to give you some idea of their size.
I can’t remember if I’ve washed it, which makes it sounds a bit disgusting, given that I’ve worn it for most of the almost two years that I've owned it, but it doesn’t smell. It did sometimes when I wore it near a fire or while I was cooking, but 1-2 days later the smell was gone.
Brynje is also known for their thermal (mesh) underwear, you can find more info about their products on: http://www.brynje.no
Conclusion: Having had the jacket, it would take a lot to persuade me to part company with it, perhaps one with a hood. Would I buy another? Absolutely! with the hood of course.