|My Free Country soft shell jacket|
Free Country Soft Shell Women's Hooded Jacket
A week ago, I went shopping for a jacket. I needed a warm, wind-resistant, rain-resistant but light-weight jacket. I dread cold and wet weather. Not so much because of the weather. In fact, I enjoy being outside in inclement weather at many times. What I dread is finding outerwear that fits, is comfortable, and does what it claims to do. I chose a Free Country Soft Shell Hooded Jacket and immediately put it to the test.
This soft shell jacket was advertised as water resistant, wind resistant, and breathable. It was so thin that I expected it to be not warm enough. But the "soft butterpile lining" and the wind resistant material kept me plenty warm as I went camping during severe weather that included 20F degree nights, severe wind gusts, and horizontally blowing snow crystals. I was camping in a cabin but had to walk the dogs, gathered wood, and I also planted my little Christmas tree in the inclement weather. I remained warm and dry during all of these activities.
The things I especially liked about this jacket:
- this little jacket kept me warm and kept the wind off me.
- my movement was not constricted
- I bought slightly large so I could layer underneath as needed but the fit was still very good
- the hood fit well (not so snug as to be binding and not so loose as to blow off)
- shorter cut (no sitting on the tail of my jacket)
- multiple pockets (the pockets were large and roomy enough for a large pair of gloves)
- the velco-adjustable cuffs of the jacket are perfect for wind-proofing your wrists - no matter how thick or thin your gloves (or wrists) are
I was surprised at how well this jacket performed. I should have purchased two of them - one for my "roughing it" activities and one for work. The soft shell jacket I purchased can be seen here.
Free Country Women's Anorak Rain Jacket
After I purchased the jacket I described above, I thought something seemed familiar about it. So I checked the rain jacket that I purchased last year that I like. Briefly, this women's rain jacket is advertised as being made with a "unique coating" that is soft, durable, and lightweight. The "radiant" coating feels slightly "nylon-ish" to me and does make some of that distracting rain coat noise that I despise. But only slightly. The interior mesh keeps me cool (which is a huge plus) and none of the material gives my hair static (an even bigger plus).
If you are looking for a lightweight rain jacket, I recommend the Free Country jackets. The rain jacket I'm referring to can be seen here.
About Free Country
On the Free Country site you will find that there are many different styles of jackets for a variety of weather conditions. You'll also find a long list of stores that carry this brand. Some of these retail partners include:
- Bass Pro Shops
- JC Penney
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