East Coast or West, if there's one thing we can say about the weather these days it's that there's no telling what it'll do next. From heat waves to cold snaps and monsoons to drought in the space of a few hours, now more than ever we need to adopt the famous Boy Scout motto "Be Prepared."
But because we're also grown men who care about the way we look, throwing on ungainly rain gear or bulky parkas isn't the ideal solution, nor do they have the versatility that modern – i.e. utterly unpredictable – times require. Which is why we have to give Taylor Stitch props for their awesome Albion Jacket.
Like all of the San Francisco-based clothing company's brilliant designs, the Albion Jacket is both elegantly simple and more complex that it looks at first glance. A shirt-jacket hybrid ("shacket" if you will), it appears to be made of nylon; but that's just the beginning.
Try it on and all is revealed: the custom-developed high-tech two-way stretch nylon outer layer is DWR-coated, which stands for Durable Water Repellent, meaning it keeps the wind and rain at bay. And it's lined with super-soft 200g/m2 Polartec high loft fleece, meaning you'll be as warm and dry any guy in one of those mission-to-Mars parkas.
There's also a brushed tricot knit fabric inside the collar and pocket linings, two flap chest pockets, and two lower hand warmer pockets, plus custom developed Duraflex bear metal snaps. It comes in two perfect shades of army green and charcoal grey. And, incredibly considering the price, it's (proudly) made in the U.S.A.
It's a damn handsome piece cleverly utilizing all the benefits of the high-tech materials without letting them dictate the design, which is as timeless and rugged as your dad's favorite wool hunting shirt but with a lot more weather-beating brainpower. And infinitely adjustable depending on whether you layer it over a tee, a sweater, or anything in between.
Right now, the jacket is over $100 off, bringing the price down to a magical $159. And yes, it's not just XXS and XXL. Go-to sizes like Medium and Large (as of this post going live) are still available.