5.11 Armoury Jacket
- By John Fenna
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- Last updated: 21/02/2018
The new ‘Armory’ Jacket from 5.11 is a comfortable cotton/polyester fleece hooded jacket that performs well as a mid-layer as well as being tough enough for the woods, yet stylish enough for town wear.
The almost classic, full-length opening hooded jacket styling with elasticated cuffs and hem and twin hand-warmer pockets is practical for everyday wear, the pile on the inside giving good warmth, while the nylon reinforcing on the hood, shoulders and elbows gives wear resistance plus a measure of shower resistance. The 5.11 twist’ on this classic-looking jacket is that inside both pockets there is an internal zip that provides access to inner layers.
I have been wearing the Armory Jacket for both bushcraft and everyday activities and found it warm and comfortable, though in any kind of rain you will need an outer layer, as the cotton holds onto water and is quite slow to dry. I also found that the Armory Jacket makes very comfortable cold weather sleepwear and an excellent pillow, but that bacon grease marks it badly and is hard to shift…
The hood is generously sized and fairly wind and showerproof, thanks to the full nylon outer layer and, as the cotton/poly lining is reversed, the pile is hidden and therefore cannot irritate your ears or forehead. I found the lack of cord locks on the hood’s drawstring a little annoying, so fitted some myself, as without them the adjustment soon slipped. The Velcro ‘fur’ patch, styled as 5.11’s square scope logo on the right arm allows you to mount your favourite ‘morale patch’ (mine is currently sporting a ‘Dangermouse’ logo!) but the typically American habit of mounting the zip puller on the right-hand side of the zip (as opposed to the European/British left side) takes a bit of getting used to.
Overall, I find the 5.11 Armory Jacket a good, practical, smart yet functional hooded fleecy top, warm and hard-wearing in a classic style, that is as at home in the woods as in town.