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An outdoor-worthy jacket suitable for the city! The Baro Dry Wear Dean Jacket just got put to the test through the ridiculous cold, snow, rain, and wind that got dropped on NYC and the good news is it looks as good as it performs.
Baro Dean Jacket appx. $200 USD at BaroDrywear.com 10,000mm Waterproof / 10,000g Breathability rating 2-Layer fabric system has a soft cotton look and feel Technical inner layer keeps you dry and comfortable Custom printed moisture-wicking liner Seam sealed to prevent water penetration in key areas Weatherproof bomb collar Strategically placed ribbed cuffs on sleeves
You probably wouldn’t have guessed it, but we don’t actually live in the woods testing gear year round. For me, I live in NYC and do my best to find gear that I can wear without looking like I just parachuted off the summit of some mountain. So, it was a very pleasant conversation when I got contacted by Baro to take their Dean Jacket for a romp around the city. I will admit, however, that it was pure luck that we would get hit with the type of weather that just parachuted off the summit of some mountain.
You will immediately notice that the Baro Dean Jacket is cut in a classic silhouette fit with a minimalist look. This is ideal for a city where you end up on a crowded subway or dodging unavoidable tourists flocking in to see the holiday decorations; no snags makes you maneuverable. It also has attractive muted, dark colors that are currently fashionable as opposed to, say, a bright neon green performance jacket. I actually found myself looking forward to wearing it and showing it off.
With regard to performance, it shouldn’t be a surprise that a jacket designed in Vancouver, BC handles inclement weather with comfort. The outer material is easily pliable with a soft velvety feel and sheds water like a fresh coat of wax on your car. It is taped in strategic seams to keep water out and kept me dry when I got doused. The inner liner is actually amazing and deserves praise. This liner is sheer to avoid catching on any type of material (looking at you wool!), and gently elastic with an attractive “smile” print pattern in yellow to contrast the deep black. In addition, this liner has wicking properties to keep you dry if you build up a sweat.
It also fits great! Though the cut appears form-fitting, it is tailored in the right places to give you a surprising amount of mobility, especially in the arms. The cuffs even have a stylish material with additional elasticity to fit over your hands even if you put your gloves on first.
You’ll also find pockets, all secured with a zipper. The hand pockets on the outside are neatly sliced into the jacket with recessed zippers that can easily be operated with gloves on. The chest pocket has a similar design that hides the zipper and sheds water. In addition, there is a breast pocket on the inside under the outer chest pocket that has an attractive yellow zipper visible only when taking the jacket off and putting it on. It buttons up in the front and has a small collar that can be popped up if you really feel the cold.
All in all, this jacket holds up well for the present season and looks great doing it. It’s stylish with great mobility and can fit over just a shirt or several layers for bursts of high winter weather. If you’re looking for something that performs well that you can bring to your respective place of worship for the holidays, this is a great choice.
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