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    Question Advice on replacing a 20 year old work horse jacket

    Way back when I was a sophomore in college (1999), I purchased a dark blue, Polo "Newsboy" work jacket. It had incredibly thin corduroy-like lines on it and was flannel lined and lightly filled. At the time, I had no idea to know what a mainstay it would be for me. It's been tailored maybe three times now over the 20 years. The last straw for me was that I have to replace the pockets, yet again (I don't keep anything in them but my hands!). I decided enough was enough. It's a great coat but I've run my course with my 'ole pal. Time to finally replace this faithful legend.

    I ask the group to pour forth their experience and wisdom to help guide me to my next 20 year coat.

    Here's what I can tell you about me:
    • I'm active and am always on the go. I get around mostly by walking or the bus. Occasionally bikeshare and sometime, although rarely, I drive. This means, I'm always out in the elements. I live in Oregon. It rains a lot, sometimes it's pretty windy and it's cold. Not freezing but damn close. I'm not asking for a rain coat. This coat comes out if I have an umbrella or it's the dead of winter and the rain is gone and only the frigid cold remains.
    • I like tailored fits. Not tight but closely cropped. It helps keep the wind out.
    • No parkas.
    • A classic, timeless look would be nice. Nothing too trendy or ready to go out of vogue next season (IE: Quilted. I've already got one anyway.)
    • I'm open to exterior materials. Heavy cotton or wool, even waxed could be possible so long as...
    • ... it's lined. This could be the single most important element. The Polo had a nicely filled, soft flannel lining. It was delightful to slip into. Never cold, always comfy. This one also must have the same kind of feel.
    • I don't want to say price isn't an issue but I'm patient and will wait for a deal, then strike. So for now, let's just say it's not an issue.


    Thus far, I've only found one example of a potential candidate. The Flint & Tinder Mill Jacket. Great looking work style coat but even after speaking with customer support, nobody could give me any information on the fill count, or thickness, of the liner inside. So, I've passed only because of that. It looks like it is a strong contender though.

    All that said, please provide your thoughts on what a suitable replacement would be. I'm all ears.

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    Maybe shomething in the Carhartt line? They have all kinds of jackets.:

    https://www.carhartt.com/category/ca...SAAEgIVE_D_BwE

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    My thought was Filson or Carhart as well.

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    Since you're probably perusing Huckberry (Flint and Tinder is one of their main lines)...might take a look at the Roark Revival Axeman Jacket. The fill material may be a little more than you're looking for and it has a water resistant nylon shell so if you want to stick with a natural material (cotton, waxed or not, or wool) then I'd rule it out. It's similar to the F&T Mill Jacket in silhouette though. Another option might be Pendleton - they're mostly known for their sweaters but make some decent workwear inspired outerwear too. Also Patagonia has branched out some from pure technical stuff into making some casual jackets for everyday wear. Google their Maple Grove Canvass Jacket or their Iron Forge Hemp Canvass Ranch Jacket for a couple examples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBarwick View Post
    My thought was Filson or Carhart as well.
    Could add Woolrich to that list as well.

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    Whew! Now that's a list! Thanks to all that have contributed as you gave me quite a bit of research fodder for the evening.
    In the end, I've got two I'm looking at. The Patagonia Men's Iron Forge Canvas Ranch Jacket and surprisingly, the Pendleton Wolf Point Baseball Jacket. Both brands I did not consider before posting this.

    Any others, feel free to chime in as I'm still not 100% sold but I'm getting closer.

    Thanks, all!

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    Yes Woolrich is a good call too. I talked myself into the Roark Revival Axeman jacket (black with corduroy collar which was the only one on Huckberry - there are other configurations available on the Roark Revival site)...I don't have a weather resistant nylon-shell insulated jacket and they're pretty ideal for the DC area, where it doesn't get super frigid - generally through the winter we're hovering around freezing with either cold rain or (less frequently) heavy wet snow when it precipitates. I have a nylon shell down parka but I really only need that when I visit the folks in Michigan in the winter as it does not get cold enough to need it in the DC area except for the occasional polar vortex winter. Scheduled to arrive tomorrow so I'll let you know what I think of it.
    Last edited by mark4; September 19th, 2019 at 09:30 AM.
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    A couple suggestions:

    Lands End Barn Coat (Currently ~$90 with 40% F&F Code "Family" plus an additional 10% Cash Back if you're signed up for Rakuten... if not, sign up here: https://www.rakuten.com/r/EMILNA6?eeid=28187)
    https://www.landsend.com/products/me...59?sku_0=::3LA

    Lands End Essential Quilted Cotton Jacket (Currently ~$50 with 40% F&F Code "Family" plus an additional 10% Cash Back if you're signed up for Rakuten... if not, sign up here: https://www.rakuten.com/r/EMILNA6?eeid=28187)
    https://www.landsend.com/products/me...59?sku_0=::KHA

    This BR jacket looks like it's cotton lined in the body and it's a pretty classic Barbour style jacket that's not likely to out of style anytime soon
    https://bananarepublic.gap.com/brows...p-page-content

    LL Bean has some similar items that fit the bill as well:
    Warm Up Jacket Flannel Lined: https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1114...4714-GN2&csp=f
    Field Coat Cotton Lined: https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1821...4714-GN2&csp=f
    Lined Canvas Shirt Jacket: https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1232...4714-GN2&csp=f

    Faherty has some nice "blanket lined" stuff:

    https://fahertybrand.com/collections...fur-dyed-black
    https://fahertybrand.com/collections...-river-glade-1
    https://stagprovisions.com/collectio...di-jacket-fw19

    This Rogue Territory jacket is expensive, but nice!
    https://stagprovisions.com/collectio...ly-jacket-fw19

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    Since a work jacket seems acceptable to you, I love this Orvis coat. The flannel lining is really comfortable. I wear it down into the 30’s by itself and add a vest when it drops into the 20’s.
    https://www.orvis.com/p/classic-barn-coat/8R5R

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    Quote Originally Posted by shockfinder View Post
    Since a work jacket seems acceptable to you, I love this Orvis coat. The flannel lining is really comfortable. I wear it down into the 30’s by itself and add a vest when it drops into the 20’s.
    https://www.orvis.com/p/classic-barn-coat/8R5R
    Good call on Orvis!

    They also have this Weatherbreaker which looks very similar to the original jacket:
    https://www.orvis.com/p/weatherbreaker-jacket/1z5b

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