I picked up the nylon metal 'spider' field jacket during the recent sales and figured I'd share a brief review.
Photo album: https://imgur.com/a/UbxE2Lo
Specs: Field jacket with articulations tunnel sleeves, detachable hood with visor removable via Velcro. Single layer “nylon metal” fabric with anti-drop treatment to give light water and wind-resistance. Two lower hand pockets with snap closures and two chest pockets with YKK zipper closures. Two way YKK zippers along with additional chest and neck snaps can be used to fully or partially close the jacket. Sleeves have articulations tunnels that allow the user to pull an elastic band and secure via a button. This shortens the sleeves and changes the fit. Elastic drawstring located on the hood and bottom of the hem for adjusting the fit.
Size/Fit: Chest measurements are pretty generous giving the jacket a somewhat relaxed fit. The sleeves seem to run a bit on the shorter side so the only time I see the articulation tunnels being useful is if the temperature increases, the wearer could pull the sleeves up. I haven’t done this yet, but it seems convenient as the sleeves will not slide down since they are secured in place via the elastic band. I initially sized up to a Large and did not like the fit as it was too baggy. I returned for my typical size Medium which fit much better. For reference I’m 5’ 10” (179 cm) and 175 lbs. (79.5 kg) fit pic below.
Impressions: I was looking for another lightweight summer jacket which led me to pick this up. The dying process and metallic finish give the jacket a very cool sheen where the color seems to change when in light. The color is an olive-green but in certain lights looks to be more of a golden brown. Being able to remove the hood is a nice feature as it gives the jacket a cleaner look. When attached there is a flap that covers up the buttons which secure the hood so they are not visible. I haven’t toyed around with leaving the hood on and removing the visor too much yet but this is another neat feature. I wish that when the visor is removed the two Velcro strips were opposite (loop and hook). This way you could fold over the hood, attach them and not have the two black strips visible.
I have only worn it out in a light rain which the anti-drop treatment held up against. During a heavy rain fall I would expect the jacket to wet out rather quickly. There are also buttons on the interior of the jacket to secure the SI badge if the wearer doesn’t want it exposed on the sleeve.
Dislikes: I have only come across two issues with the jacket so far. The snap button closures on the cuff of the sleeve come undone relatively easily. When taking off the jacket the buttons sometimes pop off and need to be re-secured when I put the jacket back on. A minor issue but still annoying none the less. The elastic drawstring on the bottom hem has no locking mechanism which makes it pretty much useless. As of right now, I tied a small knot to keep it at my desired tension. I’ll buy some plastic clasps to add to the drawstring but can’t believe this wouldn’t be included on the jacket.
If anyone has any questions feel free to hit me up. Thanks for reading.