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Warm and fleecy.
Even if you have a closet full of cold weather jackets, we think that the Craghoppers Mayman Parka will become your new favorite piece of outerwear. The Mayman Parka was constructed from a polyester herringbone shell that also features an AquaDry membrane. This is a two-layer waterproof and breathable textile that's strong, yet it doesn't feel like a stiff hardshell against your body. Breathability means that moisture is wicked away from your skin so that it doesn't accumulate. In other words, you'll stay dry and subsequently warm. And to be completely certain of the latter, Craghoppers lin the Mayman with Sherpa fleece.
Craghoppers knows that you like to carry all of your electronic gadgets with you. So it placed nine pockets throughout this parka. There are two bellowed, stud-fastened lower pockets, two zippered hand pockets, two welted fleece-lined chest pockets, one zippered sleeve, one zippered inner, and one hook-and-loop fastened inner pocket — Phew! The jacket has a regular fit with an adjustable waist and hem. It was finished with a stud-fastened stormflap and cuffs. Meanwhile, the brushed chin guard keeps you from being scratched by the zipper. And in case you were wondering, the faux fur trim at the collar is removable.
- Herringbone polyester with AquaDry Membrane
- Lined with Sherpa fleece
- Nine pockets: chest, sleeve, and front
- Adjustable hem and waist
- Adjustable hood with drawcord and removable faux-fur trim
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Lightweight Work Horse
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I just spent the 2014 winter season in Chicago with this as my everyday outerwear. As we know this was a particularly cold winter and this coat never let me down. I rarely wore a secondary layer warmer that a flannel work shirt underneath.
The coat is not bulky or heavy. It incorporates handy features like string stays for the hood, so drawstrings aren't slapping you in the face during heavy winds, and extra breathable shell.
Down sides: hand warming pockets are just barely deep enough to be usable, zippers tape needs to be much stiffer to stand up to every day wear and facilitate easy opening and closing of pockets(my main zipper is starting to fray at the mating point), fleece lining is not my idea of a durable lining.
Conclusion: This is not a performance coat. It is a "pro-sumer" winter coat that incorporates some great materials in the shell and fit, but will not withstand the rigors of outdoor sports. If you are a public transit commuter like me, this will keep you warm on the EL platform at 7am in January.
What is the Temp rating, do I need to layer...
What is the Temp rating, do I need to layer this coat.
Most coats do not have a temp rating like sleeping bags do, and much is left to how your own body operates (do you "run hot" or "run cold"). In the end this is a very warm coat that will be very good by itself in most conditions though I would definitely layer underneath if you are wearing it in conditions 15F or below.