Summer anorak goodness from Gloverall

Readers with an attention span longer than that of a gnat will recall that last winter I succumbed to the charms of Gloverall not once, but twice, and will show little surprise at me falling head over heels again. And after a duffle, it’s another duffle! Not a big wool duffle though, but a summer duffle. Is that even something? Well, yes, it’s cut to the same pattern as a winter duffle (at least to the same design), but it’s made in rain proofed cotton.

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What really strikes you about this jacket though is the colour. The light blue is so clear, so strong, and so very blue. Great stuff. T’was a hard choice though, truth be told, as I was sorely tempted by the green version, the orange version and even the yellow version. I’m really enjoying the strong colours these days.

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As per usual for Gloverall, the jackets made in their London factory are spot on quality-wise. The construction is flawless and the detailing perfect. I’m not entirely sure how rain proof this cotton is, as I’ve not had a chance to try it in really hard rain, but it’s quite lightweight and certainly not rubberised cotton. I imagine it might hold off a light rain, and then quickly dry out again. Plus, you wouldn’t want to have anything like a wallet in the front pockets, and there are no flaps. There is a small inside pocket though, with a press button closing.

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In addition to the toggles there are two snap-buttons on the front to further close it up. This helps keep wind out and also ensures the front lines up nicely. The hood is also handy in case of a shower, with a drawstring to snug it up a bit. There is a drawstring at the waist as well, though I usually disregard these as they tend to accentuate a female shape better than a bloke!

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One point I like a lot is how Gloverall play down the branding aspect of their jackets (well, my 1951 winter duffle has a little less subtle, but that was part of the design). The small badge on the arm is about as subtle as it can be and even though I tend to shy away from overt branding, this is totally acceptable.

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In summary, a nice, yet distinctive, lightweight, quite simple, but very nice summer jacket. And the range of colours is brilliant.

UPS:

  • Classic duffle design and great construction
  • Nice lightweight anorak for summer with a distinctive look
  • Awesome range of colours.

DOWNS:

  • More press buttons would make it more windproof.

SCORE:

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PRICE:

Available from Gloverall at 250 pounds, though I see it’s on offer now at 175.

 

 

 

 

 

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