The coat is sized larger than other 5.11 coats, ie I normally wear a 2XL but if I want to wear just the coat I wear an XL. BUT, I have the 2XL one for work and I layer it with a hoodie. It's very comfortable, warm and with the bonus that the sleeves are long enough to cover my wrists while working. It serves very well as a windbreak and is sized so it does not bind as your working. There are several outside pockets; besides the document pockets; so I can stash gloves and tools.
This is the perfect jacket for fall in SE Idaho. It's not too heavy for our early fall 60 degree days. Yet this week's mornings (mid-November) have been in the single digits, so I simply layer my 5.11 Ranch Coat over a heavy denim shirt. If it looks like it's going to be really cold, I'll include a wool vest. I'm 5'10", and at 220lbs, 45lbs. overweight. Yet my XL 5.11 Ranch Coat layers very well over everything, including my concealed carry piece.
It's not real warm by itself. But I didn't buy it for a Denali expedition - I already have a parka for 20 to 30 below weather. I bought the 5.11 Ranch Jacket for working outside and occasional trips to town in the fall in SE Idaho.
The 5.11 Ranch Jacket might be expensive. I won't know whether it was worth $150 or not until I see how long it takes me to wear it out. But as tough as it appears to be, I suspect I'm going to be wearing it a long time.
Its junk. It was back in the box for return shipping within 10 minutes of me opening the box.
First: Interior is supposed to be flannel. its not. Its just plaid cotton. THIN plaid cotton. It appears that the body of the jacket is just the exterior canvas-like material and the single layer of lining.
The sleeves have a tiny amount of insulation, but not the body at all.
Next, the cut is weird. I'm 6 feet, 180 pounds. I ordered a large, based on other 5.11 jackets I own.
The sleeves are slightly longer then they should be, but tolerable.
The shoulder area is tight, even with just a t-shirt under it.
The waist is cut fine in the front, but extremely poorly in the rear. Let me explain this another way. The front of the jacket fits well, but the back section is 'billowy' Extremely loose around the waist in the rear.
As for the added features, the pockets are nice, the document pockets that pass thru are functional. The arm pocket, which is extremely large and on the back of the arm is... weird. Two pens would have been a good idea. A pen pocket and a LARGE pocket... What am i supposed to store on the BACK of my arm?
The exterior material seems to be high quality and durable, but that is pretty much the only part of this jacket that met my expectations.
For nearly a decade I took dozen or so trips a year, international and domestic, in and out of all sorts of climates and conditions, usually traveling nowhere I'd been before. The shirt - sweater - jacket - coat for every situation was a barn jacket I found in a outlet mall. It was light enough over a t-shirt for everything but afternoons in the tropics without being too bulky to take off and carry. It was loose enough to layer over heavy sweaters and sweatshirts when it got down to near freezing. It made a passable pillow and a decent blanket. Finally, although it looks funny, it was a good coat to put over your head when you wanted to sleep soundly on a 22 hour flight. I wore that barn coat out and never found a replacement. Until now.
I don't travel as often and I stay longer. I own all sorts of jackets and coats, even a 5.11 5-in-1(great jacket), so I can mix and match to my destination. Regardless, for versatility on fast trips into the unknown this is what I'll be wearing.