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Duty jacket suggestions?

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by collim1, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    The jacket they issue me is crap. I want to buy my own before cold weather arrives. I prefer a jacket that has a removable lining so it can be both a windbreaker and cold weather jacket. I only need the cold weather jacket a few times a year in my area.

    I am also considering a wool uniform sweater so I can just skip the jacket.

    Any suggestions are appreciated.
  2. ronduke


    Jan 24, 2007
    I started watching Ebay and I bought a brand new Taylor leather police jacket, for a little over a $100. It comes with a zip out liner. Nothing like the smell and feel of a new leather jacket, although they are heavy.

  3. Yeah, I regret getting rid of my Taylor. It was greatly comfortable in the winter but sucked in our rainy weather. Heavy, too.

    But I looked wicked tough in it. Sorta. Like a fat cow, actually. Angry, fat cow.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2011
  4. unit 900

    unit 900

    Sep 3, 2000
    Baltimore, Md
  5. unit 900

    unit 900

    Sep 3, 2000
    Baltimore, Md
    Double post, disregard.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2011
  6. MAGlock

    MAGlock CLM

    Nov 20, 2005
    Titusville, FL
    My vote is for Spiewak. Had one when I was on the job and it was the warmest jacket I ever wore.
  7. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    we have the "dickie" option.

    my flease lined 5.11 jacket is just too damn hot for me in this area even on its coldest.

    ive found that a long john shirt, body armor, and a dickie works for me just fine without mobility restrictions. of course a watch cap and gloves are part of this.
  8. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    I am hesitant to spend $150+ on a duty jacket because a cold night down south is 35deg. I can get away with a long sleeve and a turtle neck 75% of the time.

    Shortly after typing this thread up I found a good deal on a wool/acrylic blend commando sweater and ordered it. I was afraid to go 100% wool because I dont think it gets cold enough for that down here very often I think the v-neck sweaters look good and will be easier to wear on duty than a heavy jacket.
  9. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    I bought a clearance, ike length, waterproof coat with zip-out liner from Galls two years ago for $30. Closest thing I've ever found to a "good" coat. I went Ike length because I wanted it to stop above the duty belt without bunching up (jacket slots are not Safariland UBL friendly, in my experience). I only wear the thing if the temperature (not wind chill, but actual temp) is below zero or the wind chill is below -20. I have owned all manner of other jackets and coats, including a very nice leather one (Nate's Leather brand), but found all of them too cumbersome to be of any use.

    Good luck in your search. Others have tried and failed.
  10. JTipper.45


    Nov 14, 2004
    Bought one that was on clearance from Galls one year. Like 35 it and looked at it real hard. Under the Galls tag was a Spiewak tag. One of the best jackets I have. Check Galls clearance, Quartermaster clearance and sometimes La Police Gear.
  11. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

    Jan 2, 2008
    Lost Coast, Cali
    For chilly, not cold weather, I really like duty fleece jackets. They are thin, light, fit more naturally than a true uniform jacket, and are wearable as a coat liner if it gets brutally cold. I wore one all last winter and never really wanted anything more.

    Mine is a Spiewak S327, from Howard Uniforms ($80 shipped).

    Great jacket even in 90% of Ohio's ****-ass condiitons.
  12. We're Bratwear for our duty jacket as they are light enough for the nine months of liquid sunshine and can be layered over fleece for those days when it gets bone chilling (i.e., sub 40 degrees F).
  13. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

    Clearance is good to use if you need anything besides the sweater. I have an acrylic uniform sweater that I wear at times. Along with a light jacket it is sufficient for most days, except for when it gets really cold. Fortunately it doesn't stay really cold all winter here. About a month, maybe month and a half at longest, usually.
  14. MedicOni


    Nov 19, 2008
    Central NM
    Granted, it's bright and shiny and made for EMS... but I love my 5.11 Reflective Parka. I think they make an all black and shorter version with you LEOs in mind.
  15. I've always used the Blauer 3/4 length jackets. Remove the lining even in the dead of winter to increase movement. Then wear cold weather underlayer, turtleneck, bullet resistant vest and fleece vest for warmth.

    Love the commando sweaters. Tuck the bottom into your pants, and as long as you're trim and fit, makes you look like a million bucks.
  16. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

    Jun 30, 2004
    Unmarked Rustbox
    I look ****ing awesome in a commando sweater.