During the 20th century, a succession of field jackets — the M-43, M-51, and M-65, each named for the year it was first issued — were worn by thousands of American soldiers. The functional jackets, typically made of cotton canvas or other durable material and featuring four front cargo pockets, were essential gear on the battlefields of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and other conflicts.
The classic, practical field jacket serves as the inspiration for Highway 21’s Winchester jacket, which is made of a rugged polyester and nylon weave with gusseted shoulders. It has four front cargo pockets — two on the chest and two at the waist — with snap closures. Behind the two lower cargo pockets are handwarmer pockets with YKK zipper closures. And inside the left side of the jacket is a concealed carry pocket with a single-snap closure, a heavy-duty lining, and an elastic holster. A placket with four snaps covers the main two-way YKK zipper, and snaps on the collar keep it from flapping in the wind while riding. There are also snap closures and fit adjusters at the cuff and lower hem. The black polyester lining has pockets for CE armor at the shoulders and elbows and a foam back protector. For extra protection, you can upgrade to a CE Level 1 ($24.95) or CE Level 2 ($39.95) back protector.
The Winchester is a lightweight jacket with a utilitarian design that isn’t baggy like many field jackets. Since it doesn’t block wind, it’s best suited for mild to warm temperatures, and fussy vents aren’t necessary. On cold days you’ll need to layer up, and on wet days you’ll need a rain suit. With or without the armor it works well as a casual jacket that can be worn around town.
The Highway 21 Winchester jacket is a no-nonsense, stylish riding jacket that looks good on and off the bike. It retails for a very affordable $149.95, and is available in green (shown) or black in sizes S-4XL.
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