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WeatherWool North Maine Double Jacket ... Prototype ... Two Layers, Merino Jacquard Pure Wool Fabric
WeatherWool North Maine Double Jacket ... Prototype ... Two Layers, Merino Jacquard Pure Wool Fabric
DutchWareGear is your Go-To Source for Hammock Camping Supplies, and WeatherWool gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Proprietor Dutch Ressler in developing for us Custom Slot Buttons in Titanium and Bronze!

North Maine Double Coat

$2,150
SizeXXSmall
ColorTrue Black
Description

Status Note: We have been working on the NMDC since about 2017 but we haven't yet been satisfied.  We have some prototypes in the field, and they are very well received, but we are still concerned about bulkiness around the shoulders.  Two layers of our FullWeight Fabric is just a lot of wool!

We are hoping to offer the NMDC at $2150.

The NMDC has the lines of a car coat or an overcoat, but because it is made from two layers or our FullWeight Fabric, will withstand some frightful conditions, although it will also be OK for low levels of activity in mild weather. Another true Hardcore Luxury piece!

The NMDC was originally suggested by Advisor Mike Dean, who is from North Maine. In early 2019, Mike took a solo camping-hiking trip that covered 217 miles (349 km) in temperatures as low as -42F/-41C. During his weeks on the trail, he had no communications and nobody really knew where he was. So he needs to be extremely serious about his gear!

You can indicate interest in the NMDC now by placing an order (price of 0). Before we go to actual production, we will contact you, and you can cancel, change or confirm your order. We'll be happy to hear your design ideas anytime. Please click for more information on Backorders, items In Stock Now and Production Status

When development is finished, the NMDC will probably be a bespoke piece ... that is, we expect to make only what is spoken for in advance.

Anyone who orders in time to be included in our initial run will get a lower, pre-production price.   After development is finished and the first batch is being made, I'm estimating the ongoing price at $2150. Tailoring costs are extremely high for individual pieces or sample runs (less than about 24).  We hope to keep the pre-production order price to $1900, but that will depend upon a lot of variables. Size 3X will be priced higher. If you think you may need a size larger than 3X, please get in touch directly. 

The North Maine Double Coat will feature:

  • Two layers of our Full-Weight Wool everywhere, covering the entire body and arms
  • Car-coat length,  potentially with a small slit at the bottom rear
  • Cargo Pockets between the two layers of wool in front of the Jacket. We are aware some people want the NMDC more for dress wear than work and woods wear, so the Cargo Pockets, except for the flap over the top, will not be visible from the outside. And because the Cargo Pockets will be in the space between the two layers of the Jacket, they won't add bulk.
  • Pouch-style Handwarmer Pockets with slash entry at about 90 degree angle. The Handwarmer pockets will be between the two main layers of the NMDC,   
  • Heavy-duty center-front double zipper protected by a Storm Flap.  The Flap will be secured by custom Slot Buttons made from either Bronze or Titanium. Bronze and Titanium Buttons are shown in the photos at left. We are working on both Titanium and Bronze, as seen at left. BIG THANKS to Advisor Christian Christian, who put us in touch with his friend Dutch Ressler, proprietor of DutchWare Gear, where our Custom Slots are being developed and manufactured.
  • Drawstring to snug the waist -- maybe
  • Secure, zippered Napoleon-entry inside pockets for electronics, etc. There will be one inner pocket at each side of the chest, and one behind each handwarmer pocket
  • Stovepipe collar that can protect the face up to about the chin if you hunch your shoulders
  • MAYBE the back of the collar will have three buttons to accept the optional Double Hood
  • In size Large, the NMDC will weigh about 10 pounds (4.5 kilos). A very serious and heavy coat!!

Although the selection menu offers sizes, we don't yet offer specific sizing for the NMDC. Nothing is carved in stone now, including of course any orders placed in advance of final design.

Please give us your ideas. Below are a couple of photos of the first prototype, which was made with some semi-orange (NOT one of our colors and NOT our Fabric either!) wool fabric that is suitable for a muslin prototype. Next prototype WILL be made from our own Fabric. But these protos show the details of the NMDC better than the photos at left. We've already decided (as described above) to change the Cargo Pockets and add Handwarmer Pockets

Prototype of the WeatherWool North Maine Double Jacket, made in fine Melton, but not yet far enough along in development to use WeatherWool FullWeight Fabric


This fabric is not WeatherWool and we are using it only for prototypes.
And this is not a WeatherWool color, either!!

Also shown at left are a few photos of Advisor JR Morrissey, who is helping us design the NMDC. These photos were taken on the balcony outside JR's studio in the Garment District of New York City. The jacket is big on JR.

Sizing the North Maine Double Coat

THANKS -- Ralph, Debby, Alex, Denali

 

15 July 2024 --- Ralph

 

 



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We set out to make the best All-Purpose outerwear possible and we take that "ALL" part seriously. While some items may be better then others for specific needs we like to think we have the perfect garment for anything you do outside regardless if it is in the serving in military, hunting, camping, city, country, work or worship.

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We never cut a single corner at any step. We make our own fabric, from the best wool in the USA. There are over 45 steps in making our fabric alone. We use the highest quality materials made in the USA. We have owner operated customer service on call to serve you and offer free shipping in USA and Canada as well as hassle free returns.

Is WeatherWool Merino Wool?

Not exactly. Merino is great wool and has been very well marketed over the years but pure merino alone is not actually suitable for us.

We select our wool based on a number of characteristics including micron, strength, length, and comfort factor. With the help of our advisor Bob Padula we have determined the perfect recipe for our goals. Thanks to modern equipment we can test all the wool before we buy it and that wool is primarily coming from Rambouillet and Targhee breads.

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However, things happen. If a lukewarm bath and dry flat doesn't do the trick, you can try wool-cleaner. Our full cleaning page is here.

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We make our own Fabric, starting with raw wool carefully and specifically selected from a small group of ranches in the USA that meet our certification standards. This isn't no stock photo. We're actually out there during shearing sampling wool and sharing stoies and good times with the ranchers and their families.

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