Scruffs Expedition Bubble JacketIan is definitely a coat connoisseur. Back in our pre-children days one of his favourite things to spend his hard earned cash on was a new coat, usually with a very expensive outdoors company logo on it. These days he has less time for tramping up and down mountains and less spare cash to spend on the equipment to go with this hobby but a decent coat has been much needed recently. Thankfully Scruffs came to the rescue and sent him their Expedition Bubble Jacket to try out, it has been much needed in the decidedly frosty weather we've been enduring lately!
We know the Scruffs brand quite well now and Ian is still wearing, and really pleased with, the Vintage Speaker Hoodie that we reviewed last year. Their range is rapidly expanding, it seems, and the coats are a new addition since the last time I visited their site.
About the Expedition Bubble Jacket:
Made from hard wearing 100% Oxford polyester, PVC coated, outer fabric with a polyester micro fleece lining. This heavily padded, water resistant, bubble jacket has side entry patch pockets, an internal pocket plus a zip chest pocket. It also includes a detachable hood. They can be attached to Expedition thermo work trouser at belt loops to make a super warm winter outfit.
Ian was immediately impressed by the coat, it feels quite heavy and substantial and he felt sure that it would keep him warm. He leaves the house at around 7am every morning for work and, in recent weeks, this has meant the temperature is well below freezing. He's definitely needed something to keep the chill away. I'm happy to say that this jacket did that brilliantly. He has commented on how warm it is and how well it is keeping the weather out on his commute, especially waiting at a frosty bus stop. The coat is heavily padded and this, in conjunction with the windproof polyester PVC coated fabric, will keep anyone toasty warm.
He especially likes that there is a rim around the inside bottom of the coat which can be adjusted and used to hug your waist. This adds to the weather proof quality of the coat and keeps out the breeze. Ian received the large coat and this fits well, with plenty of room for a hoodie or jumper underneath for an added layer (although he rarely needs one). He's found the hood a little large and finds that his head moves within the hood, rather than the hood moving with him when he turns his head. The hood can be adjusted with a drawstring and toggles so that helps and this is quite a small issue as he only wears the hood when there is rain. Another observation is that he would have preferred it if there was a way to pull in the waist, perhaps a drawstring or velcro, but as this is intended as workwear this would possibly impede movement so we can both understand why it isn't there. There are two side pockets and a chest pocket which can all be closed using zips for added security.
Ian is really pleased with this new Scruffs addition to his wardrobe and it's the perfect coat for this time of year. He was surprised to find out that the RRP is only £59:95 as he's used to spending considerably more than that on outerwear. We both think it's really good value for money and wll designed and would be an excellent purchase whether just for the commute or for someone who works outside, especially when paired with the matching trousers.
Disclosure: We were sent the coat for review purposes. All opinions are honest and our own.