Ergodyne has a wide range of inclement weather jackets and they seem to have one for each extreme. I live in California so I chose one of the more lightweight options, the 8386 Type R Class 3 Outer Shell Jacket which has no extra thermal lining. This jacket features a strong 300D polyester outer shell, full length parka feel, 8 pockets, and a removable hood. If you are looking for a tough and dependable jacket which also breathes well then say hello to the GloWEar 8386!
This jacket comes in either lime (pictured) or orange. The lime isn’t a “fruit lime” color you’d pick up at the store but is mainly yellow with a hint of green tint, most folks in the industry are already familiar.
This jacket is ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 rated and is a Class 3 which is rated for roadway workers, hence the “Type R” designation, as well in the products title. See certificate here: https://www.ergodyne.com/catalog/download/?val=1&file=/8/3/8386-ansi-isea-107-2015-garment_certificate.pdf
DESIGN & FIT
I’m 6’2″ and about a 41 size jacket, and I chose size “XL” and is comfortable and a tad roomy in the middle, which is what I was hoping for which could accommodate a warmer jacket under neath and some general movement. There is a drawstring around the waist that you can cinch in the waist a bit. The sleeve length seems just right, a little long hanging down, but moves up to the wrist when the hands are brought up. There are tons of sizes available ranging from “S” to “5XL”, see size chart below.
Size Chart for GloWear®
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I’m surprised how many pockets this jacket features, 8 to be precise. There is even a pen pocket on the left arm sleeve. There is two main pairs of pockets down below; one pair accessed from the side, and the other from the top. The side-access pockets are purely for keeping your hands warm but I’d probably use top-access pockets more as they are more roomy. The top-access pockets have snaps incase you want to secure anything in there.
At the top, the main pocket is the “smartphone pocket” which has a pretty good amount of space and it’s easy enough to fish out the phone pretty quick.
There is a clear pocket but it is very flat and is likely meant for an ID badge and not much else. Also, the mil gauge on the clear plastic is a bit thin and would like to have had it a little thicker.
The trickiest pocket is the secret pocket behind the clear id pocket. It’s probably meant for a wallet or smaller items, but it’s just too awkward to access. I would rather have an inside pocket for a wallet. Overall, there isn’t a great “administrative” pocket to keep ear plugs, chapstick, or a little notepad.
One of the main reasons I went with this option was that the design of the jacket is intended to be very breathable and it doesn’t disappoint. The first signs of this intent are the under arm air vents. The inside liner, a soft mesh, allows air flow between you and the outer shell. The collar also fans away from your neck allowing more air out right from the top. Overall, this jacket has a neutral temperature profile and is not meant to make you toasty warm. My only comment would be that the liner is a little too loose and should have more attachments points to the outer shell.
The jacket uses 2″ ANSI-compliant 3M™ Scotchlite™ and certified class-3 hi-vis garments. I noticed that the 3M logo appears on the reflective tape depending on the angle you view it, which is a little distracting.
There is a hood tucked into the collar which can unrolled and used any time; you can also remove it completely via snaps.
Upgrade to Thermal
One random feature, and a tad confusing, is that the this jacket can be upgraded to a warmer jacket by purchasing the GloWear 8287 Class 2 Convertible Thermal Jacket. The ouster shell uses a second zipper to zip-in the thermal jacket and snaps in the sleeves to combine the two so you don’t have to do each layer one at a time. There really ought to be more instructions or a picture as to how this works.
- Very breathable
- Tough outer and inner shell materials
- Certified Class 3 retro-reflectivity
- Many pockets
- Removable hood
- 2 radio loops
- Has zipper and snap options
- Decorated snaps
- Double stitching
- Could use a better admin pocket on the chest and perhaps a easy-to-access but secure wallet pocket on the inside of the jacket
- The jacket is a little bit noisy, sort of a wind breaker noise but with a little ruffle because of the thicker gauge
- Inner shell should be a little more attached to the outer shell
- Pen pocket on the arm, is actually right at the elbow, I’d like it to be raised up to the shoulder by 4 inches. I’d also like to see if a flap, or even a rubber material applied, that would help keep pens from slipping out accidentally.
- The outer hook & loop wrist straps don’t tighten enough, especially if no additional layers are used underneath, but this probably helps the jacket breath
- I’d also suggest making the bottom hand pockets even wider, possibly even wide enough for an iPad.
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