RCS Likes: Penfield Outback Vest

It’s no doubt that Penfield has been on everyone’s radar for a couple years now.  They produce some outstanding looking outerwear – pieces that have a vintage feel but without the smell.  The first place I saw Penfield (live) was at Sid Mashburn’s place – they just started carrying the Outback vest.

While Penfield pieces are an investment, every once in a while you find a sale.  Enter Black Friday – Penfield offered a ‘Mix and Match’ special, which equated to 20% off any two items, plus free shipping.  It took my friend Cooper about three minutes to jump on board…

I (actually we) pulled the trigger on the Outback down vest in the color ‘Cobalt’.  $150 – 20% = a really good deal.

In high school I had a vintage Eddie Bauer down vest – and this reminds me of that ‘feel’.  It doesn’t puff as much as most down vests, and the arms are cut a little higher.  The fit is snug, which is the way these vests are supposed to fit.  More like a life vest – not a Michelin Man costume.

The vest has great touches – contrasting red interior lining, internal flannel shoulder yoke, and NO zipper.  The simplicity is what’s nice.

The 60/40 cotton/nylon fabric gives it a much sturdier feel than other (all-nylon) puffer vests.

Such a cool color: ‘Cobalt Blue’.  I really like this one.  I’m not really a ‘vest over a bunch of layers’ type of guy – I usually wear this over a long sleeve button up – OCBD, plaid, etc.  Since this vest isn’t tactical or fancy, the blue gives it just the right amount of pop needed.  Welcome to the rotation.



  1. B. L. Davis
    12/10/2011 / 6:24 AM

    JRS: The one thing that has kept me from purchasing a Penfield vest is that I can not discover where it is manufactured. Not having a Penfield retailer leaves me with little more than their website which does not disclose that. Is the vest made here in the USA? Looks great!

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