by Jay Grazio - Monday, February 27, 2017
Recognizing the ever-increasing number of citizens who exercise the right to keep and bear arms (with emphasis on the “bear” part), companies that have outerwear as part of a product line have been making subtle changes to better serve clientele. Larger pockets, greater storage options and additional zippers and openings all ameliorate the concealed-carry process, giving more and better methods for accessing gear. Of course, comfort is also a consideration, so cut, fit and construction also factor into the ideal concealment garment.
We’ve assembled 10 jackets—lightweight to winter weight—with the concealed-carry practitioner in mind. Whether it’s a plethora of interior-pocket storage, zippered access to a concealed handgun, waterproof construction or a combination of factors, all of these jackets offer much to those who exercise their Second Amendment rights. From dedicated concealed-carry systems to tough outerwear with a special secret, chances are there’s a good match for your jacket needs.
5.11 Tactical Sabre Jacket 2.0
5.11 Tactical’s most popular concealed-carry jacket boasts the company’s proprietary Quixip System for facilitating rapid access to a concealed firearm. With a seam-sealed membrane that keeps zippered areas waterproof, a removable and integrated hood and multiple storage pockets, the Sabre Jacket 2.0 provides weather-resistance and easy access for concealed carry. It’s available in four colors and eight size options through XXXXL.
• Zip-out ID panels
• Integrated storm cuffs
• TacTec System hand-warmer pockets
• Utility pockets on shoulders
MSRP: $249.99; (866) 451-1726, 511tactical.com
Berne Echo One One Concealed Carry Jacket
Some of the jackets in this guide are custom-designed for concealed-carry, like the Berne Echo One One. Berne’s Adder system offers break-away pockets containing MOLLE attachment points for holsters and inside chest pockets with elastic straps to hold spare magazines. In addition to these custom-designed features, the jacket offers reinforced seams and cotton-canvas construction designed to best the elements and add comfort to your daily CCW routine.
• Hook-and-loop retainment system
• Snap side vents for air flow
• Pleated elbows allow greater movement
• Breakaway pockets for CCW access
MSRP: $129.99; (888) 772-3763, bernedirect.com
Blackhawk Field Jacket
Rugged, accessible and triple-stitched for durability, the Blackhawk Field jacket offers 10-ounce canvas construction, multiple pockets for storage and reinforced seams. Available in two colors and sizes up to XXXXL, this comfortable jacket looks equally at home in the woods as in the shop. It doesn’t scream “tactical,” but offers much for the savvy wearer.
• Reinforced elbows
• Locker loop on back
• YKK zipper
• Multiple pockets inside and out
MSRP: $149.99; (800) 379-1732, blackhawk.com
Cannae Pro Gear Shield Soft Shell Jacket
Lightweight and water- and wind-resistant, the Shield Soft Shell Jacket is ideal for spring rains, blustery fall days or as part of a layered system for the winter months. Plentiful pockets both inside and out offer storage solutions for all your EDC gear, while a breathable, mesh liner offers air flow for increased comfort in the warmer months.
• Side zippers for belt access
• Hook-and-loop sections for patches
• Dual chest zippered pockets
• Breathable, elastic construction
MSRP: $140; (562) 349-0562, cannaeprogear.com
Carhartt Sandstone Hooded Multi-Pocket Jacket
Known for rugged gear favored by outdoor enthusiasts and tradesmen, Carhartt jackets are synonymous with tough. Constructed of 12-ounce, 100-percent cotton in sandstone-duck, the jacket is wind-, water- and snag-resistant and offers a lined hood for increased weather resistance. Interior pockets offer extra storage for EDC gear or a backup firearm, while plentiful exterior pockets keep gloves and other necessities close at hand.
• Sherpa-lined for insulation
• Snap-front closures
• Two interior pockets
• Attached, lined hood
MSRP: $119.99; (800) 833-3118, carhartt.com
NRA Concealed Carry Denim Jacket
Affordable, made in the U.S.A. and discreet—what more could you want in a jacket? For fans of simple, the NRA Store’s Concealed Carry Denim jacket really shines. Interior pockets lined with hook-and-loop fabric work with an included nylon holster and double magazine pouch to accommodate a variety of mid-size handguns. The jacket is also machine-washable, and all profits go to support your NRA.
• NRA-branded buttons
• Four interior pockets
• Also available in black
• Ambidextrous carry options
MSRP: $84.95; (888) 607-6007, nrastore.com
Propper 3-in-1 Hardshell Parka
When the mercury drops, having a coat that will keep you warm is just as important as one that provides adequate storage for all your gear. The Propper 3-in-1 Hardshell Parka offers fully sealed seams, a removable fleece liner and adjustable hood and cuffs to tailor the jacket to best keep you toasty. Numerous interior and exterior pockets provide ample space to store EDC items, while offering rapid access to that vital equipment.
• Front storm flap
• Dual pull-out ID panels
• Lower back zippered pocket
• Magnetic-closure front pocket
MSRP: $179.99; (866) 433-9690, propper.com
SCOTTeVEST System 8.0
Think of the System 8.0 as, well, a system for concealed-carry outerwear, combining the Shell 8.0 and the Fleece Jacket 8.0 in one package for all kinds of weather. Either piece can be worn individually depending on conditions, or combined for a weather-resistant, warm covering that provides 43 pockets total (22 pockets in the shell, 21 in the fleece). Water bottles, tablets, cell phones and other EDC gear can be stowed discreetly, yet immediately accessible.
• Removable sleeves on both fleece and shell
• Pass-through for headphones in both fleece and shell
• Key ring with clip inside shell pocket
• Pockets marked for storage options
MSRP: $325 for System 8.0 (or $225 for Shell and $200 for Fleece separately); (866) 909-8378, scottevest.com
Tru-Spec H2O Proof Gen-2 ECWCS Parka
If you’ve ever taken a training course in the rain—or endured any of the camping trips we’ve been on—having a jacket that can truly shed the elements is worth its weight in .22 LR ammo. The Tru-Spec H2O Proof Gen-2 ECWCS (Extended Cold Weather Clothing System) offers 3 layers to protect from wind and water. It is also compatible with Tru-Spec’s Polar Fleece jacket for cold-weather protection.
• Non-freezing, two-way zipper
• Dintex inner lining
• Hidden map pocket
• Hood stores in collar
MSRP: $155.95; (844) 256-8435, truspec.com
Vertx Integrity 37.5 Waterproof Shell
It’s rare to find a jacket that’s truly weatherproof, but the Vertx Integrity 37.5 Waterproof Shell comes pretty close. Boasting 100-percent denier polyester with the company’s proprietary “37.5 active particle technology” protection, staying dry in the most driving rain and sleet is a snap. Like other shells, it is compatible with a separate base jacket for winter-time use.
• Flat, waterproof zipper
• Zippered ventilation flaps
• Side entry pockets
• Interior pouch for storage
MSRP: $219.95; (844) 932-7889, vertx.com
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