Army jackets are very popular not only among airsoft enthusiasts but also among tourists, bushcraft fans, or military enthusiasts who appreciate their qualities also in everyday life, outside the game.
The purpose of a military jacket
Wind-stopper jackets are used for protection against wind. Covering a large area of the body, they protect not only the torso but also the pelvis and crotch. The face of the user is protected by a large hood. Jackets of this type are equipped with welts around the waist, collar, and sleeves, thanks to which water or snow will not get near your body. Many of the models are equipped with a special undercoat that provides additional insulation during low temperatures. Thanks to its modular design, it can be quickly removed to serve as a summer jacket or to reduce the weight of the jacket. One feature of jackets of this type is their low breathability. This is why many models have multiple vents that can be opened with a zipper when needed.
Softshell jackets are characterized by a smaller range of coverage, but a better fit to the body, thus giving more freedom of movement to the wearer.
Softshell jackets are designed to give thermal comfort during moderate temperatures, but with the use of thermal underwear and additional layers of clothing, they will perform well even in freezing temperatures. Many jackets of this type are designed to work with backpacks, which will be appreciated by mountain hiking enthusiasts.
A different category of jackets is ponchos, i.e. jackets whose material does not have thermal properties but protects against wind and rain. A special feature of poncho jackets is its spacious cut, allowing you to wear them even with tactical equipment, and, if necessary, use the poncho as a trap of the improvised shelter in the forest.
Which jacket to choose?
The basic criterion is the purpose. Models used for hiking have different features than those used by the police or special units during operations. Those looking for versatile clothing should consider models with a lining. When choosing a jacket, pay attention to the materials it is made of - not all fabrics respond well to prolonged exposure to rain or high temperatures.