This would, flat out, be the perfect jacket for Seattle/Vancouver winters if it had a roll up hood in the collar. It seems to me a ridiculous oversight that one wasn't included since, in every other respect, the jacket is so well designed for damp, cold and windy conditions. Most jackets are either warm and don't allow for exertion without overheating or they allow for exertion but aren't warm enough. This jacket is toasty warm and the pit zippers effectively keep one from overheating.
Great jacket. Kept me warm and dry. Only problem is the zipper is hard to get started.
This is a great jacket. 4 days after I bought it, I took a scout troop out camping. It was 22 degrees out and this jacket was WARM. It fits perfect. I'm 5'7, 170lbs, athletic built. I went with a medium according to 511's size chart. Bottom of jacket sits just a tad below waist line, which is exactly what I wanted. Plenty of pockets. I was using all at the same time, stuffed and you couldn't even tell that they were full. If you're not using a IWB holster, the pistol will be seen below jacket. I'm sure with a IWB, it would be well covered. The jacket also has armpit vents.
I wore this jacket regularly for over two years until I lost weight and was forced to give it away. I will be reordering another in the Fall.
I cannot give this jacket high enough praise. It maintains a crisp, professional appearance over time and is well designed and overbuilt for quality. Pockets, hidden pockets and zippers are well placed and easily accessable.
One of the features I particularly like are the button flaps that cover the side zips. These flaps prevent side zips from opening accidently thereby exposing a concealed sidearm to view.
You will not go wrong if you purchase this item.
It's my go-to off duty jacket in cold and/or inclement weather in Southern California. It only gets down to mid 40's during winter. I've own the Big Horn Jacket for nearly five years now. It's traveled to CA, OR, CA, UT, NV, and AZ also as far as Peru with me on a 4 day, 65 mile trek through the Andes Mtns to Machu Picchu at 15,000+ft ASL and 19 degree evenings. It exudes a "clean look" and doesn't scream "tactical" when all zippered up.
The dual zipper is a plus especially when driving, so it doesn't bunch up when I sit. The collar covers all the way to my nose, which is great for cold nights. The hidden velcro breast pocket holds my G27 with 15rnd mag with ease but carrying it there does no good, even with practice, it's a struggle with the pocket to present it. The "innards" of the pocket come out. I don't carry my Glock in the pocket anyway. This is only for the sake of letting consumers know that the jacket rides up when I raise my arms, my shield and firearm are in plain view. The two side zippers come with snap flap that allows access easy to my holstered firearm and spare magazines. The left outer forearm area has a small zippered compartment, which is perfect for a small torch and a small knife.
My complaints are that it's too warm for mild to moderate climates such as Southern California. Or maybe just for me, I tend to run on the warm side and I would begin to sweat even at a nice 72 degrees. It doesn't "breathe" like I'd want it to. It also would've been nice to be able to remove the liner. To dissipate the heat, theres a series of zippers. The side zippered access helps with the heat and also comes with two "armpit' zippered vents. The "armpit vents" are difficult to close and open without having to remove the jacket. After washing as directed (I wash it only once per year since the "cold and rainy" rarely visit SoCal) the fleece begins to "sag" a little.
Otherwise a great product with quality that I believe will last another 15 years. Thanks for reading and thanks 5.11.
I went and tried on all 5:11 jackets I could get my hands on, before making the decision to purchase the Big Horn Jacket for my entire service. The Big Horn was the most comfortable and best year round jacket that I could find. I'm very impressed with it and our medics seem to really like it.
Great for wearing Radios and Gear. Side pockets provide quick access to sidearms, pepper-spray , batons, and other accessories. The coat is definitely waterproof and very warm. Would not recommend for hot wet weather, good 3 season jacket though. The jacket is extremely comfortable and gives you a bit of a boost in size appearance. If you want to be identified as an Officer this item is great.
I bought this jacket in the fall so waited until we had a few snow storms before I wrote a comment. Very professional looking jacket. Has kept me warm thru several snow storms here in Rhode Island. I am an EMT and this keeps me warm outside and is not too heavy once in the back of the rig. Plenty of pockets for all my extra stuff I carry.
As a former Marine and retired LEO I am always looking for tactical / functional attire. As a business owner in the security and private investigations field, I look for clothing that is professional looking as well. I feel confident in visiting a prospective client when I am not in a suit and tie. The pockets are well placed and easily handle identification, spare mags, phones and radios. Very warm and comfortable. We buy 5:11 clothing ONLY and are never disappointed. It is also extremely cost effective.
Very warm lightweight jacket, Looks nice, seems durable, a little difficulty starting the zipper but I really like the jacket and would recomend.