What defines a shirt jacket? A shirt jacket is an overshirt disguised as a coat. It’s a versatile garment designed for the transitory seasons of Fall and Spring where the weather hasn’t decided where it’s going and we’re either too cold or too warm depending on the time of day.
The origin of the shirt jacket has been linked to the US military fatigue shirt of WWII. Typically made from cotton or canvas, a good shirt jacket is a more breathable alternative to a winter coat, it combines a mix of button down shirt characteristics with the capabilities of a casual jacket. A straight point collar and utility pockets make it ideal as a layer for wearing under an overcoat are as an overshirt.
5.11 Randolph Shirt Jacket
The 5.11 Randolph Shirt Jacket is constructed of rugged and hard-wearing 9.5 oz 98% cotton/ 2% elastane calvary twill for comfort along with just enough functional stretch. In addition to good looks, twill fabrics perform better than plain-weave fabrics when it comes to water-resistance, wrinkle-recovery, and durability. Cotton is strong, durable and resists abrasion.
The Randolph Shirt Jacket is unlined. The fabric is enzyme stone washed with a softener and then brushed on both sides for permanent softness. The fabric is designed to fade over time, achieving a washed down appearance.
The Randolph Shirt Jacket has classic shirt jacket good looks with a professional style. It’s designed to pull double duty. It looks great in any situation while remaining tactical with what 5.11 refers to as urban-friendly functionality. In other words, it blends in without sacrificing performance. The whole concept of the gray man involves blending in with the crowd, not drawing undue attention, and masking one’s skills and weapons.
The Randolph Shirt Jacket has a RAPIDraw™ snap placket that allows for quick access to holstered firearm or other hidden EDC essentials. The Randolph Shirt Jacket has a fold down two-piece collar, sleeve cuffs with adjustable snap closures and side seam vents. A generous length assists with weapon concealment. There’s a discreet 5.11[+] woven label at back right shoulder.
The Randolph Shirt Jacket is designed for maximum utility. It has seven pockets to store your essentials — five external pockets and two internal pockets. It has left/right chest patch pockets with flap and concealed snap closure and pen guides, a hidden left chest ReadyPocket™ with zipper closure, left/right welt hand pockets with zipper closure, and left/right internal dump pockets.
The internal dump pockets are quite deep. Each dump pocket features a sewn center divider, effectively turning each dump pocket into two pockets.
To Sum Up
The 5.11 Randolph Shirt Jacket is an outstanding shirt jacket. It combines classic good looks with maximum utility, comfort and mobility. It’s practical and tactical. The construction and quality is what one has come to expect from 5.11, which is to say excellent.
The Randolph Shirt Jacket is available in your choice of either Ranger Green or Volcanic. Regular fit only. MSRP is $90.00. It’s imported.
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