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Buying New Zealand Made: Woollen Jacket from Mandatory

June 9th, 2010

Green Wool Jacket, Mandatory Clothing One green wool jacket from Mandatory (108 Cuba Mall). Price; $380.

Would not look out of place while worn riding in the cupola of an army tank. Like all such military inspired gear, if I make the effort, it can look quite dashing, and if I haven’t shaved, it makes me look a bum.

The jacket is decently warm for something so thin, and does an excellent job of keeping the wind and rain out. The construction is decent, if slightly plain. The pockets are good though, using some creative stitching to keep the front storage pockets closed without fasteners, as well as providing separate hand pockets from the side. My only complaints is that the zip is about 1.5 cm short of the collar, which is somewhat annoying when you want to bundle up for that really cold weather. It would also be nice if it had been finished in merino, rather than standard wool, as the collar riding up into my chin can be a bit scratchy.

Time will tell how well it standards up to regular use (abuse?).

I have cold feet. I have ordered slippers.

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