Cool days and even cooler nights are becoming the norm here as Autumn slips into the San Francisco Bay Area. This is the time of year to seriously start thinking about your personal layering system when it comes to heading out for the day (or night). Luckily for you, Carhartt has just the thing to keep the warmth in and the cold damp fog out with their new Realtree Xtra Camo Active Jac.
The Active Jac looks like a zip-front hooded sweatshirt, but, as you may know, looks can sometimes be deceiving. Instead of a single layer of cotton fleece or French terry, the Active Jac is comprised of layers. The outer layer is 12 ounce cotton duck, a seriously tough material with which Carhartt aficionados should be very familiar. On the inside, there is a lightweight 100% polyester thermal lining to keep things warm while also managing moisture when it’s time to get physical. Add to these layers a thermal lined drawstring hood, large handwarmer pockets, and two inside pockets and what you have is a jacket that is ready for just about anything.
In the past month, there’s only been a few times when it’s been cold enough to make me reach for this incredibly warm jacket, but every time I did, I was happy to be wearing it. Whether it’s an early morning hunt, foraging for mushrooms in your favorite bog, or a fog-shrouded San Francisco adventure you have planned, the American made Active Jac has your back, and since it is from Carhartt, it’ll have your back for a very long time. This one’s a keeper!
**Full disclosure: This jacket was provided at no cost for the purpose of testing/reviewing. To think otherwise would be silly.