Warm Jackets

#1
Hi Guys, newbie here to the forums.

Anyway I'm looking for a tactical jacket that is fairly warm but not too much.

I have a few that I'm looking at, any advice on these?

Buffalo Belay jacket
Haglofs Barrier II
Snugpak Sleeka Lite

Do you guys have any ideas on other jackets that are similar? (must be black with no major logos)

Thanks :biggrin:
 
#3
Sod it, this place is as good as any, I'm going to hijack this thread with another question for the "ARRSE intelect" as well. Let's face it, threads quickly go off topic anyway, so might just as well accept this as the norm and just get on with it...

So here's the question: What would be the best choice of jacket to wear in civies in the style of mixed dress? you know, when a civi looks like a civi wearing an Army surplus jacket with, say, jeans? Would a DPM jacket be better than say, a desert pattern?
 
#5
Like the Buffalo; try the Montane Extreme Smock - seems better built, with thicker pile.
 
#6
I pretty much wear my Buffalo special 6 shirt all winter long, with the DP hood fitted and the mitts, down to about -20 (I live in southern Alberta). I'll break out my TNF McMurdo parka if it gets below that.

Get the buffalo.
 
#9
Sod it, this place is as good as any, I'm going to hijack this thread with another question for the "ARRSE intelect" as well. Let's face it, threads quickly go off topic anyway, so might just as well accept this as the norm and just get on with it...

So here's the question: What would be the best choice of jacket to wear in civies in the style of mixed dress? you know, when a civi looks like a civi wearing an Army surplus jacket with, say, jeans? Would a DPM jacket be better than say, a desert pattern?

I'm lead to understanding young fashionisters are cutting about town in these. Young virgins swoon at the daring mixed dress and daring.

British Army Green Authentic Great Coat, Slim Fit - Mens - Coats - Crombie
 
#11
My first questionwould be "what do you want the jacket for"?

Is it to throw over your normal jacket when you stop for a brew up or rest when out tabbing? So, a quick bit of insulation to stop you cooling down quickly. If so, something like a Paramo Torres Gilet keeps you warm whilst breathing to let sweat out. Packs down small and its very light. Cut to fit over waterproofs/jackets.

Is it to wear under kit to keep warm when static? So, in an OP, little movement or sweat involved. Montane Extreme Smock. Warm but bulky. Or the Snug Pak. Both too warm to "work" in.

Is it something to wear when patrolling? So, keeps you warm, but if the shit hits the fan and you are running about like a headless chicken building up heat, and then having periods of waiting about and thus cooling down. In that case, the Buffalo as it has side vents and wicks moisture away quickly. Still too warm for me if running about.

Well thats what I used..and it worked for me :)
 
#12
Sod it, this place is as good as any, I'm going to hijack this thread with another question for the "ARRSE intelect" as well. Let's face it, threads quickly go off topic anyway, so might just as well accept this as the norm and just get on with it...

So here's the question: What would be the best choice of jacket to wear in civies in the style of mixed dress? you know, when a civi looks like a civi wearing an Army surplus jacket with, say, jeans? Would a DPM jacket be better than say, a desert pattern?
How about a M65 jacket M65 Jackets UK
 
#14
Another vote for the Buffalo Special 6 as its not only a damn good pull over type jacket but also a long term investment.

I use mine throughout the autumn & winter commuting to work.
 
#15
My first questionwould be "what do you want the jacket for"?

Is it to throw over your normal jacket when you stop for a brew up or rest when out tabbing? So, a quick bit of insulation to stop you cooling down quickly. If so, something like a Paramo Torres Gilet keeps you warm whilst breathing to let sweat out. Packs down small and its very light. Cut to fit over waterproofs/jackets.

Is it to wear under kit to keep warm when static? So, in an OP, little movement or sweat involved. Montane Extreme Smock. Warm but bulky. Or the Snug Pak. Both too warm to "work" in.

Is it something to wear when patrolling? So, keeps you warm, but if the shit hits the fan and you are running about like a headless chicken building up heat, and then having periods of waiting about and thus cooling down. In that case, the Buffalo as it has side vents and wicks moisture away quickly. Still too warm for me if running about.

Well thats what I used..and it worked for me :)

What he said. Got a buffalo during my first TA stint, 15 years ago, used it for 8 years, used it for mountain leader stuff, using it again in my second, more REMFy role now - my regular DS on my recent phase 1 ex offered to swap his issue Softie-type warm layer for it.
Plus the side zips allow you to accommodate an ever-expanding beer gut too, which is nice.
 
#16
Add yet another vote for the Buffalo Spec 6....sadly looking like I might have to retire mine, but after 12 years faithful service I think I've had my money's worth.
 
#17
Although the only 'tactical' thing I do now is when avoiding the stupefyingly boring neighbour but I'm out on the hills every week, forget the Bear bit, this is a stand alone and decent bit of kit, not bulky, excellent barrier and easily stowed when not needed, I've had this jacket out in the Cairngorms, Brecon, the Lakes and Pennines/Dales and it's been ragged to **** but is still tip top.

Craghoppers Bear Freedom Jacket | Craghoppers World Travel and Walking Clothing
 
#19
Boring I'm afraid but my vote's for the Snugpak Sleeka- cheap as you like, warm as toast and I find they fit me perfectly. Also the logo's nigh on invisible and I like the fact that it doesn't make you look like a Michelin Man. They also seem to stay warm when wet.
 

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