Filson Oufitter System. (Hunting Gear).
True versatility is rare in the clothing world. Threads that make the grade in the field seldom double as something you'd want to wear around town, and a springtime coat isn't much good on a cold, rainy day in winter.
Enter the Filson Outfitter System of three jacket styles--Tin Cloth Oil Finish, Tin Cloth Dry Finish, Shelter Cloth Oil Finish--and six optional zip-in liners (jackets and vests in moleskin, 18-ounce virgin wool or 24-ounce Mackinaw wool). I tested Shelter Cloth Oil Finish, which is a handsome, dark green, 100 percent cotton fabric that, when treated, sheds both water and wind. For a liner I chose the moleskin jacket.
On a cold and blustery morning at the range, I zipped in the liner, snapped up the storm flap and was snug and warm as I worked with a couple rifles. I was thankful for the two wool-line slash pockets for quick hand-warming and really appreciated the roomy, dual-compartment cargo pockets--which have snap closures that can be worked with just one hand, a nifty feature. As the day grew milder, shucked the liner and shot skeet, and the coat permitted excellent freedom of movement.
Around town, the liner works great by itself on cool, dry days, and the coat by itself is a handy everyday jacket that's nice enough to wear to the movies or a decent restaurant. And if it rains, you're covered.
The coat's oil finish does need periodic maintenance. After four months of daily wear, mine required a complete refinishing, which took about half an hour and used up a 3.5-ounce tin of Filson's Original Oil Finish Wax.
Application was easy, although I'd recommend two tins of wax for a complete refinish job. The Shelter Cloth jacket with moleskin jacket liner retails for less than $290. Contact. Filson, 800/624-0201, www.filson.com.