In my never-ending search for the perfect winter coat (even as a wimpy winter surrenders silently to spring) I pleasantly stumbled across the Parajumpers Vermont-M. Inspired by the coats worn by US military search-and-rescue teams in Alaska, Parajumpers - PJs for short - generally bleed the kind of rugged manliness you'd only find in the outskirts of Stalingrad. However, the Vermont-M caught my eye for an entirely different reason: It eschews the usual "I just murderized a polar bear with my bare hands" aura for a tough, truly chambers-appropriate tailored sport coat style.
What it lacks in dramatic PJs signatures, like snazzy faux fur, rugged ballistic nylon and over-optimistic metal neck clasps, the Vermont-M makes up in pure suave machismo. A byproduct of the well-tailored wool/nylon outer shell, obviously. Trademark styling does show itself in an array of functional cargo pockets and the select choice of luxurious materials, like a warm 90/10 down lining and sumptuous real leather inserts.
Now, I know, some of you traditionalists might waffle at the thought of suit-coat that's also an overcoat. "Why choose this over a classic trench?!" you howl in slighted indignation. (Probably in an English accent.) To which I respond: where the hell else can you find a wicked-sweet sport coat that's as suitable for battling Wampas on Hoth as it is for battling weirdos in in the courtroom... WITH a detachable hood?
Price: If you have to ask, you're not a Partner
Check it here: Parajumpers Vermont-M