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Baby It’s Cold Outside!

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With the cold, wet and windy season upon us, we thought we’d show you a few options in outerwear we recently heard about. TAD (Triple Aught Design), Blackhawk! and Meltpartners Outdoors all have designs they feel will help us all stay better protected from the elements.

Industry News: Baby It's Cold Outside!

1. Triple Aught Design is now offering the Sentinel Field Jacket. It will run you $400USD. TAD says, “If simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, versatility is the ultimate cabability.” To us, it has a somewhat James Bond look, but we can't speak yet to its performance.

Here’s what TAD had to say about the Sentinel.

TAD Sentinel Field Jacket 1

A modern and elegant re-imagination of the classic field jacket, the Sentinel combines timeless style with quiet capability in a style that will take you anywhere.

Architecturally simple but deceptively capable the Sentinel features an array of storage options hidden within its refined lines. Internal and external chest pockets offer both security and accessibility, while classic flap-over front pockets also feature zippered hand pockets for convenient protection against the elements.

Worn by itself or with an insulator underneath, Sentinel keeps you comfortable across diverse environments and conditions. Ventile was developed for its capabilities and later loved for its wearability—today there are synthetic fabrics as functional, but none look as good. Breathable and highly weather-resistant, Ventile is the ultimate luxury in technical wear.

Ventile, originally designed in the UK, is densely woven from 100% cotton using the world’s finest long staple fibre. Its secret lies in the uncoated and non-laminated construction. The performance of Ventile® fabrics results from the properties of cotton fibres which expand in a uniform manner when they come into contact with water. This allows the interstices within the fabric to close up, preventing the further passage of water. In addition to this, Ventile is impregnated with a high quality DWR system which enhances the fabrics water resistant properties and increases performance. The fabric therefore provides excellent protection against the wind, rain, snow and cold, and a unique level of comfort that is highly breathable, very durable and quiet.


  • Two Large Front Pockets with Flap Closure
  • Two Front Hand Pockets with Weather-Resistant Zippers
  • One Exterior Chest Pocket with Weather-Resistant Zipper
  • One Interior Chest Pocket with Weather-Resistant Zipper
  • Adjustable Cuffs and Locking Waist Cinch


Ventile is extremely durable and offers users many years of protection and comfort. To maximize your garment’s durability, avoid chemicals, such as bleaches and detergents, which can damage fibres. Instead, opt for cold water spot treatments unless a thorough cleaning is required, in which case a mild dry-cleaning or hand washing is best. For any sand, grit or mud, do not remove until dry and then gently brush off.

You can find TAD on the web. For a direct link to the Sentinel Field Jacket, click here.

2. Blackhawk! Is offering the Tactical Softshell Jacket. It starts at $199.00 US and there are add-ons which might increase the price. It’s a tactical waterproof garment, which they say, is designed to repel oil, water and stains.

BLACKHAWK Tactical Jacket 1

Here’s more about the jacket in their own words.

The BLACKHAWK! Waterproof Tactical Softshell Jacket is the ultimate piece of outerwear to protect you from the elements. It features a fully waterproof, breathable barrier with Teflon Shield. Two-way side seam zippers provide quick access when carrying a concealed firearm. It comes with an interior pocket package capable of carrying all mission necessities. The Water-proof Tactical Softshell Jacket is a flexible and dependable garment that you can rely on in any weather condition. while resisting tears and cuts. Gusseted underarms keep you moving freely and a vented back yoke provides excellent breathability. Triple needle stitching and bar tacks deliver reinforcement needed under stressful wear and tear and multi-purpose pockets, including 2 hidden document pockets, provide room for all the extras.

BLACKHAWK Tactical Jacket 2

Blackhawk! Is also on the web and you can locate the Tactical Softshell Jacket here.

3. Meet the Heacket from Meltpartner Outdoors. It's currently selling on Indiegogo and is expected to be shipping in March, 2017. They have several purchase options including men's, women's, couples and group (prices listed on the site). Right now, they say it's available for 50% off. They say the Heacket is designed to heat up to your desired temperature while enduring all types of outdoor climates.

Heacket 1

Here's what Meltpartner Outdoors says about the Heacket.

Heacket 2

Heacket is the world’s ultimate heated jacket, powered by a strong, flexible heated panel, equipped with three controlled heating zones. The outer shells are built with durable fabrics that are wind and water resistant. Heacket will keep you warm and comfortable in even the lowest of temperatures. While, traditional heated clothing is built with heating wire that is fragile and susceptible to damage, you can maintain your active lifestyle in the Heacket.



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