I picked up the old man's Christmas gift, it's a Rascher hunting coat. Rascher is a long establish German hunting apparel company. If you've been reading this blog for long this name should not be new to you as I wrote about the hunting pants
I picked up a couple years ago. Like the pants this coat is made in Poland and is of high quality. It is a loden wool blend that is both waterproof and windproof. The blend consists of wool/nylon/cashmere mix.
There are several pockets both on the outside and the inside. The hand warmer pockets also contain tabs that can hold up the shell pockets for fast retrieve of rounds for estate or rough shooting.
The shell pocket also holds another hand warmer pocket. In the rear there is a is a zippable game pocket that is lined to protect against blood. Interior pockets consists of several lower pockets including to large velcroed mesh pockets on both sides.
On the left hand side, there are two pockets one with a flap and behind it is a vertical zippered pocket. The opposite side contains one vertical zippered pocket. All of these are good to hold iphones, wallets, knife or similar sized items.
The collar is lined with fleece and holds a rather unimpressive nylon hood which seems very much like they thought of this idea as an afterthought. The coat is so nice but this hood looks and feels cheap. Its a bit silly. The waist band can be tighten for a tapered look.
Both the sleeves and back are articulated for great range of motion and ease of shouldering the gun. The coat is lined with thinsulate so paired with the wool it should prove warm enough for any Eastern Sierra winter. I've read complaints regarding the Continental zipper, the zipper is left hand side, which in the States indicates women's clothing. I guess this bothers some but it doesn't and won't bother my father as our Barbour Beaufort coats are the same and I've never heard him complain about it. I doubt he even will notice.
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