In business since 1990, Free Country manufactures casual active wear blending performance and fashion aimed towards individuals with an active lifestyles.
The FREECOUNTRY Touring Mid-weight Jacket is a fashionable multipurpose jacket with a detachable hood. The outer shell is made from a lightweight ripstop, water and wind resistant fabric (FCX); a 100% polyester fabric with a coated backside. The fabric has been tested to pass water resistance to a level of 600mm giving protection in normal inclement weather for short periods of time.
Inside is a fleece lined inner shell and hood. There are storm covers for the front zipper and adjustable cuffs on the arms. There are multiple pockets including fleece lined hand warmers. The main features include:
- A detachable hood
- Water and wind resistant shell
- Adjustable cuffs keep snow and cold out
- Multiple zippered pockets
- Adjustable drawcord at hood & hem
- Machine washable
- Velcro storm placket covers front zipper
- Fleece lining
First I want to say that I love the fit of this jacket. At 6’4″ with 37″ sleeve length the tall version of this jacket fits perfectly. I have worn the jacket in windblown rain with temperatures in the 40s and hood effectively screened rain from my face and glasses. I have worn the jacket in windy light snow conditions with temperatures in the mid-20s. The jacket is warm, the hand warming pockets are cozy and I have been comfortable in the jacket throughout.
My concern is the weight and bulk of the jacket for backpacking trips. My large tall jacket weighed in at 2 lbs 13 oz – a significant burden to carry in a backpack on snowshoes. While the FREECOUNTRY Touring Mid-weight Jacket has taken over a preeminent position in my everyday wardrobe for being outdoors and around town, it won’t make it into the backpack for another hike. I recommend it for skiing, snowboarding and/or snowmobiling activities; there are lighter, more compressible options for winter camping.