Triple Aught Design – Rogue  by Thomas Leitner

A while back I needed a jacket, one that was attractive, but not something that stands out as tactical or draws too much attention. I needed to have durability, longevity, and be water resistant, and yet still make little noise when moving and maintain mobility and free range of motion. Step right this way to meet the Rouge WX, one of the latest jackets from Triple Aught Design, and a slight departure from the normal tactical approach to their designs over the years.

A more traditional design, this jacket doesn’t have many pockets, just two internal and two external, but that was intentional. The inside pockets are a bit on the small side, measuring 3.5”w x 6.5” deep. There is ample storage in the front pockets however, and easily accessed. In the two exterior pockets, there are mini pouches inside, perfect for spare magazines or folder blades to be stored without attracting too much attention, or showing weight when storing tools and equipment in them.

The material is fantastic, though a bit stiff before break in. It’s a water resistant, and for now waterproof wax cotton made in Scotland. Its got a great weight to it, almost as though it were a leather biker jacket, but more flexible and light. The fit is better too, as TAD is known to be a bit long of the sleeve, but recent design changes have fixed that, and the length is just about perfect. For someone like myself, all of 5’7” it’s a little long, but that’s the typical of any jacket and the taller you get the better it fits. Shoulder width is great too, though my height is a bit on the short side my shoulders are wider than average.

As time goes by, this jacket starts to look better and better. Not because it’s sold weathered and worn in for you, but because it gets a great look to it as time goes on, a look that you just can’t buy. It presents a classic, timeless look that I personally will love for a long time. As with all other TAD gear, this is likely to outlive me. The stitching is as expected: clean, precise, and triple stitched for durability and strength.

All in all, this jacket doesn’t scream tactical, but has a few hidden aspects that definitely allow you to go low profile and still carry a few EDC tools as needed. Its hits all the marks of being comfortable, classic, and capable without drawing undue attention. It is a three season jacket, and is a bit too heavyweight for the summer, but then you could always just get another TAD jacket while you’re at their website.


Two exterior zippered hand pockets with internal dividers for flashlights, knives, or magazines. Two internal welt pockets for comms or travel documents.

  • Standard Fit
  • Outer Layer
  • Triple and Double Needle Top Stitching
  • Bar Tack Reinforcements
  • Standing Collar
  • Bi-Swing Back
  • Set in Sleeve with Slight Drop Shoulder
  • Articulated Elbows
  • Button Cuffs
  • Two Zippered Hand Pockets with Internal Accessory Pockets
  • Two Internal Chest Welt Pockets
  • Full Front Metal Zipper with Wind Flap
  • Metal Hand Pocket Zippers
  • All Zippers are YKK® Zippers
  • Straight Hem

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By Thomas Leitner

Tom is a decorated Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps where he served with Military Police and Airframes on the CH-53E. Currently he specializes in teaching Urban Escape & Evasion, wilderness survival, and Tactical Applications in Urban Environments. Tom teaches fire arms safety, manipulation, and marksmanship throughout eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Tom currently teaches Field Craft Hostile skills for the military, and every summer helps mold the minds of our future generations at military summer camps where he teaches advanced military skills, leadership, and team work.

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