With a tailored, contemporary cut, the Men's Diplomat Jacket is Arc'teryx's finest casual jacket for urban adventures or travel in cold weather. A little technical and a little relaxed, this jacket falls to just above your knees for additional warmth and uses Lycra cuffs inside the sleeves lock out chilly drafts. Arc'teryx designers obsess over details, and this jacket is proof of that fact, right down to the sleek silhouette formed by the drape of the smooth, high-quality bonded wool.
- Bonded wool fends off the cold, blocks light wind, and has a textured look and smooth feel
- Lean Storm Hood covers your head when nasty weather strikes, but it looks otherwise understated
- Lycra cuffs stretch around your wrists and keep drafts from creeping up the sleeves
- Articulated cut and relaxed fit provide plenty of range of motion without looking baggy or sloppy
- Low-profile zippered hand and chest pockets appear discreet
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What I've always wanted.
I've always been frustrated by the paucity of products like this.
I wear comfy, great-performing jackets for casual wear, but when I have to wear a suit to work, I have to put on a trenchcoat or overcoat that hasn't had a design update in a century. WHY?
Arcteryx finally answered that question. No more.
The Diplomat performs and fits like a technical jacket...but looks like a dresscoat. I'm 6' and 150#. A medium fits me like a glove. (Like a jacket?) It's trim--I can just fit a suit or sportcoat underneath...but it's a good compromise between sizes. If it was larger it would more comfortably accommodate a sportcoat underneath, but would be too large for wearing without a jacket underneath. As-is, it works great with a sweater or just a shirt, and works acceptably well with a sportcoat.
I'm amazed by how water resistant and windproof it is. For how thin the wool is, it is amazingly warm. It's just what I've always wanted...gear that lets me discretely enjoy the benefits of performance fabrics, when I'm walking into the office or shuttling between buildings on a cold, snowy December day.
And the hood--the hood is perfect. It won't accommodate a helmet (duh), but is perfect for keeping your coif...well-coifed.
Also, it has nice little wrist cuffs that keep your arms warm and dry, without having big elastic at the end of the sleeves. I wear mine with leather dress gloves. From a distance, all you see is a well-cut, fancy looking dress overcoat. From inside, you get the benefits of Arcteryx quality, and perfect fit.