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Pica~Picks: Tech Jackets

Published: Fri Mar 16 2018

You probably don’t need us to tell you that the weather has been all over the place lately, so we won’t bother. Instead, what we will say is that now is prime time for what we’d maybe call ‘tech jackets’.

When we say ‘tech’, that’s probably a bit of an overstatement. There’s no little computers or in-built plasma-screens here, it’s just that these beauties are made out of fabrics a little more advanced than cotton twill.

Not that there’s anything wrong with cotton twill, but when the rain’s coming down, sometimes only mysterious materials with strange names will do…

So on that tip, here’s five relatively low-tech tech jackets that might come in handy…

The Fjällräven Greenland Wind Jacket

Up first we’ve got the Fjällräven Greenland Wind Jacket. The original Greenland is a bonafide classic that has barely changed in the 50 years it’s been around, and this here Greenland Wind Jacket is it’s younger, slightly breezier, sibling.

Instead of being made out of Fjäll’s ultra-hardy G-1000 fabric, this one is made from really lightweight polyamide stuff, making it pretty much ideal for those warmer spring days. And as you can see from those photos, it’s a cracking shade of blue that brings to mind Swedish fjords and Walkers cheese and onion crisps. 

The Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Parka

Crash! Bang! Wallop! What a jacket! Utilising Stone Island’s baffling tech know-how, this one’s got some fairly intense 3-in-1 fabric that’s breathable, yet wind and water resistant.

It’s also a lot lighter than you’d expect, making it a bit less unwieldly than most big parkas. 

The Patagonia Torrentshell Pullover

The Patagonia Torrentshell is quickly becoming a bit of a modern-day classic. Not only are they light and water resistant, but they come in all manner of exotic-yet-tasteful colour combinations to excite the mind and soothe the soul.

This one here is the pullover anorak variety. Lift up those arms and embrace the Torrentshell. 

The Norse Projects Trondheim Gore-Tex Jacket

And now for something a little different. This Norse Projects Trondheim jacket has the sharp shape of a mac, with the added military zest of a fishtail, and the mysterious rain-dodging properties of Gore-Tex.

If you’re after a serious inner-city raincoat, then this might just be the one. 

The Nanamica Cruiser Jacket

And finally, the Cruiser Jacket from Japan’s Nanamica. This lot made their name making cunning and creative modern-day outerwear, and this stone cold stunner doesn’t buck the trend. It’s what we’d probably call a ‘Spring Jacket’ — nice lightweight fabric… stripped-back, subtle design… mellow yellow hue.

In short, it’s the ideal jacket for wearing whilst you’re scoffing Cadbury Mini Eggs on Easter Monday. Very, very tasty.

That rounds up our voyage into the world of jackets. Hopefully this has been of some use, but if you’re still on the hunt, then you might want to click below…