I live in Minnesota. A couple weeks ago, I woke up to snow on the ground. It was the middle of October. Fall is winding down and in just a few weeks those 40 degree days that I now call chilly are going to feel like a heatwave. When it comes to winter clothing, I have a low tolerance for underperforming products. Thankfully, Backcountry agrees with me. The build quality of the Corduroy Sherpa Lined Shirt Jacket is exactly what you want from a stylish, yet functional cold weather jacket.
Material and Warmth
What I first noticed were the textiles. The grooved texture of the corduroy exterior as well as the plush, wool-esque sherpa lined interior. You can tell by touch that this jacket was carefully designed with texture in mind. Even the buttons lining the jacket felt premium and high-grade. Backcountry even hammered their logo onto each button, contributing to the attention to detail put into this piece.
Of course, a good looking cold weather jacket is only as good as its ability to keep heat in. Thankfully, this jacket does just that (as to be expected according to previous Backcountry coats we’ve reviewed). There were some days the temperature was close to freezing and the wind was ripping, yet I felt more than comfortable in this jacket paired with a long sleeve shirt or light sweatshirt. I also wore this jacket to a sunny, afternoon football game. That afternoon was warmer than I was expecting and I ended up taking the jacket off. So while this jacket certainly does its job at keeping heat in, I would not recommend this jacket for temperatures above 50 degrees.
For sizing, this jacket runs big. I received an XL and it was larger in the front than I was expecting. However, the XL did offer additional length I was looking for. Nothing to be concerned about, but rather something to be aware of.
One drawback to this Sherpa Jacket is the color options. There are only two colorways: Katahdin (Pictured) and Pika (Yellow). I enjoyed the Katahdin green for some outfit combinations, but it is a bold color for everyday use. Offering neutrals like gray, tan, or dark navy would take this from being a great product, to being a no-doubt recommendation.
Backcountry manages to find the perfect balance between weight and warmth with this jacket. The build feels solid and sturdy, but not burdensome to wear and be bundled up in. Heading into the winter, the Corduroy Sherpa Jacket is what you need to add dimension to your cold weather wardrobe options.
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