Coalatree - Cash Work Jacket - Gear Review

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

As the winter season finally winds down, I can finally start putting the down parkas and actually wear a normal jacket again.  I ran into the crew at Coalatree at ORShow back in January, and I am finally getting the chance to test drive their Cash Work Jacket.


At first glance it looks quite a bit like the rugged work jackets seen on construction sites everywhere.  After about 5 seconds of inspecting this jacket, what you realize is that appearance is where the similarities pretty much stop. While still durable and trail capable, Coalatree chose a more user and planet friendly path.  Committed to being sustainability ambassadors, they use recycled or organic materials whenever possible. Bluesign approved, utilizing sustainable production methods for textile manufacturing from field to finished product.

The shell and lining of the jacket is about 60% poly and 40 % S. Cafe, a material made infused with recycled coffee grounds to improve UV protection, odor control and drying capabilities. The material is soft to the touch, and had a weight I'd compare to a heavy sweatshirt rather than a work jacket, making it a great Spring/Fall option.  With waterproof zippers, elastic waist and cuffs and a small leather patch they keep the work wear feel and function alive.  Though not "waterproof" it does surprisingly well in wet weather.  It will saturate, but I found it to shed raindrops well when caught in an unexpected shower.

All in all, this is a really cool option if you want a mid-weight jacket that looks the part of work wear, but doesn't sacrifice any of the comfort of your go-to soft shell.  Those that are earth-conscious will appreciate Coalatree's efforts toward sustainability and innovation.  I have this jacket in heavy rotation of late, it's been ideal for the MN "Spring", 20-50 degrees and possible rain/sleet/snow at any moment.

MSRP is $69.99, but they are blowing this out to make room for Summer product.  You can steal this right now for just $34.99, seriously...


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