The World of Vests

There are many times throughout the fall when a shirt layer or two along with a woolen sweater doesn't quite cut it. You know the days, you're wanting to layer up while also having the ability to quickly remove a layer if you end up getting way too warm. That reason alongside a few others is why it's important to have a solid vest in your arsenal. Most of you may already have a go-to vest that cycles through the years, while others have never even entertained the thought of a vest outside of a suit. There are a lot of variables as far as which style of vest to pick up based on your needs, so we thought we'd highlight a selection we appreciate for you to consider. You'll find these run the gamut of the world of vests, but should also help you decide which one you're most likely to pick up.

Nº1 – Mallory Vest
 This vest is at the top of my list, not only because it's been made with the utmost of quality in mind but because it's perfectly versatile. The interesting story of this vest is actually based on the 1924 ill-fated attempt by George Mallory, when he attempted to ascend Mt. Everest. He wore a Military-Issued Harris Tweed three-piece suit for the trek, which may not be a modern day mountaineer's choice of clothing, but at that time it certainly wasn't out of the ordinary. The inspiration and determination from George Mallory's story is what led Cabourn to add it to his main line collection. For me, this vest could be worn on a number of occasions while keeping you warm and comfortable as the perfect mid layer. Wear it over a button down or henley shirt, with a comfortable wool jacket or parka over top and you're set.
• Cotton Canvas Lining
• Notched Lapels
• Horn Buttons
• Hanging Loop Inside Collar
• Four Front Pockets
• Hand Woven Harris Tweed
• Available in Military Green, Dark Navy,
• Made in England

Nº7 – Outlier Soft Core Vest
The Outlier soft-core vest is one of the best in the game today. The soft inner knit superfine merino wool sourced from New Zealand is not only very comfortable to the touch, but will also keep you nice and toasty to the core. The virgin wool flannel outer was chosen by Outlier for not only its sharp looks, but also excellent outdoor performance. To round things out nicely, Outlier has sandwiched in the middle a 120 gram Primaloft infinty insulating layer, designed with attaining and maintaining a comfortable temperature in mind. Not only does it look good and perform well, but it was also made in San Francisco by good old honest manual labour. While it would seem a difficult concept to improve upon, there are a couple of options done in collaboration with the Hill-Side (using the Hill-Side's Ocean print on the exterior) that are just that little bit more exciting– if you'd prefer. They'll require a little tracking down, but are well worth it if you can find one.
• 100% Virgin Wool Flannel Outer
• 120 gram Primaloft Infinity Insulation
• Lined with Superfine 18.9 Micron New Zealand Merino (150 gram)
• Trim Look and Fit
• Odor Resistant
• Elegant drape
• Highly Breathable
• Temperature Regulating
• Core Wicking
• Dry Handfeel
• Available in Mid Gray, Navy and Dark Gray
• Made in the San Francisco Bay Area with imported fabrics.

Reader Comments (1)

What, no crescent down works? That is the timeless.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

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