Often in life, the anticipation of something that you've been looking forward to can be better than the reality when it arrives. I can safely say - not so in the case of this jacket.
Had been looking for an excuse to pull the trigger on this coat, and when Nick dropped the price, and put it in the archive, I was fresh out of excuses.
Having sat on the hook for a few days, the chance to press it into action came at the weekend with two stern tests. With lockdown, we've taken to doing a lot of walking on the weekend and this Saturday / Sunday provided two wintery outings.
On the Saturday, with snow forecast and just 1C, we set out and all I had under my jacket was a long sleeved mid weight merino base layer. I wore scarf and hat - with the scarf in place it wasn't really possible to affix the top two snaps in place, but no matter, I was snug. As we walked up into the high ground of the peak district, the snow really came in and the jacket comfortably shrugged it off keeping me both dry and warm. Test number one well passed.
Sunday brought no snow, but the mercury dropped into minus figures, so this time I wore a merino t shirt, and mid weight long sleeve top under my jacket. Plenty room still for both. This time I didn't take the scarf and did up the top two buttons - a close fit, but definitely keeps out the worst of the weather. Again, up into the peak district, again test passed with flying colours.
In summary - very happy with the performance. Look and fit? Well looks wise, I just think this is a fun jacket. I think a lot of people will overlook the coat as an old army surplus so in some ways, the quality on display here sails under the radar. I just love the camo, and the cut and look of the field jacket is suitably rufty tufty - right up my street.
On fit I am just amazed and delighted. At 6 ft 7ins, getting coats that fit well is really not something I am used to. Emmalou advised an XL tall, which is what the fit guide said to be fair. Sleeve length is literally perfect. Fitted enough not to be baggy, but still room underneath for layers. Snug around the hips too.
On other details, I think others have said it all. Fleecy lined pockets are brilliant - I didn't wear gloves on either of our walks and hands were warm in the pockets. Snaps - yes, they're a good push to get closed, but rather that than coming undone. Charcoal herringbone lining is soft, warm and comfortable. Packaging is cool, customer service was excellent.
To conclude - love the coat, and like many others, I suspect this may not be my last Frahm purchase.
I ordered another utility jacket as the one I purchased last year I recycled to my nephew, lockdown had a strange way of making my shoulders slightly larger! Anyway orders the black in XL, fantastic fit and the jacket is everything other reviewers have said, fit, finish style all 5 star. Had it for 7 days now and it's been put to good use coping with the weather thrown at it in the North East. Thanks Nick and the team delivering quality products, I even made a small investment in the company. Merry Christmas all, I'm sure 2021 will bring many more orders. Best thing for me is that you don't see many jackets from Frahm out and about they are pretty exclusive as the limited production runs keep them that way.
I already own a City Coat which was absolutely worth the wait of the pre order so when I noticed the lockdown discount I couldn’t resist! The hardest part was choosing which one, I knew after buying the city coat the end product was going to be top notch which made the decision harder! I’ve always liked the Utility Field and initially wanted navy but It wasn’t available in my size so I plumped for black instead. ( although very nearly went for the camo...next time! ) When the box arrived, there had been a mistake and I’d received the Harrington in error. Not to worry as a quick message to Emmalou and I received my jacket a couple of days later. ( The dilemma now is that having tried the Harrington, I will have to order one of those for the better weather! ) the Field jacket is superb, the fit is perfect again and it is a lot lighter than most wax jackets and it still feels tough. Lots of pockets and I can still wear a jumper underneath. Just like with the city coat, you can tell the effort and hard work that’s gone into designing the coat. I’m also so glad I went for the black as it looks really sharp too. Once again five stars not just for the product itself but for customer service with regards swapping out the one sent in error. Will definitely not be my last Frahm jacket!
So my XL FRAHM utility jacket in khaki arrived today .......bloody love it was worried about the fit as I am 6’3 and broad shouldered so was torn between the XL and XL tall but the XL fits perfectly- - looking forward to wearing it, understated quality and style - thank you
I have waited until I had worn my Utility Field jacket for one month before posting my review. The jacket delivers everything that is written in the promo. The quality is reflected in the price but it delivers everything it promises and is worth the investment. A hugely satisfied new Frahm customer.
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