We reviewed several pieces of cold weather clothing, including...
If you’re looking for some holiday gift ideas for family members, cold-weather apparel is always a good option. 5.11 Tactical recently released some new shirts and jackets to fill this need — we’ll give an overview of this gear below.
Ascension Long Sleeve Shirt
Available in Tundra brown, Black, and two-tone Ensign Blue Heather, the Ascension long-sleeve is a warm twill cotton shirt with abrasion-resistant contrast fabric on the shoulders and collar. It features faux buttons that are actually quick release snaps, as well as 5.11’s Rapid Draw Placket for storing a concealed handgun in the chest area.
There’s also a pen pocket on the sleeve. We like the low-profile look of this shirt, since it should blend in with more standard department-store apparel. MSRP is $70.
Revolver Reversible Jacket
The Revolver reversible jacket is a two-in-one item, with an outer layer of poly/cotton ripstop and an inner layer of polyester fleece. The jacket can be turned inside-out to adapt to varying weather conditions. The zippered hand pockets feature RAPIDraw pass-through for quick access to a concealed weapon inside the waistband. Available in Dark Navy with light blue fleece or TDU Green with gray fleece; MSRP is $130.
Peninsula Insulator Packable Jacket & Vest
Anyone who has gone on a strenuous hike in cool weather knows that adding and removing layers is key to staying warm. The Peninsula Insulator jacket and vest are designed as mid-layer garments with warm Primaloft insulation and ripstop polyester shell with a durable water-resistant (DWR) finish.
The jacket and vest are also packable, meaning you can stuff them into a removable stuff sack located in the hand pocket. This makes them a good choice to stash in a pack or vehicle in case colder weather sets in. The Peninsula Insulator vest is available in Black or Moss Green; the jacket is available in those colors as well as Sequoia Red and Royal Blue. MSRP is $99 for the vest and $130 for the jacket.
5.11 Tactical also offers the Peninsula Insulator jacket and vest for women. Pricing remains the same and features are similar, with an asymmetrical front zipper being one noteworthy change. Different colors are offered for women, including Mulberry Purple, Rosewood Red, Peacoat Blue, and Coin Gray.
Women’s Apollo Tech Fleece
The Apollo Tech Fleece is new for women, with a soft brushed microfleece and N6 nylon overlays on the collar, chest, and back. It also has a RAPIDraw pass-through for CCW access, and elastic hems to seal in warmth. Available in Amethyst, Coin Gray, and Black; MSRP is $100.