North Maine Double Jacket - In Development
Status Note: We have just begun development of the North Maine Double Jacket. We have thought about the NMDJ for a long time, and have just made the first prototype in a Melton wool that is good stuff but still a lot less costly than our own Fabric. We'll fiddle with that proto, then perhaps make one or two more Melton protos before making an NMDJ in our own Fabric. If you are interested in this item, please let us know, and give us your ideas, too!
The NMDJ will withstand some frightful conditions, although it will also be OK for low levels of activity in mild weather.
The NMDJ 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!
At present, we do not have any Fabric to devote to the NMDJ, or for that matter, anything else. We have more Fabric in the works already, but it will probably be October, 2019 before we can make an NMDJ prototype with our own Fabric.
You can order the NMDJ now, essentially just informing us of your interest. 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.
When development is finished, this Jacket will probably be a bespoke piece ... that is, we expect it will be individually made to order, not a stock item. But we have been surprised by the number of people who are interested in the NMDJ, so maybe we will be able to make an actual production run (at least 100).
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 $1850. 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 $1500, but that will depend upon a lot of variables. Sizes larger than 2XLarge will incur extra costs.
The North Maine Double Jacket will be the big brother to the All-Around Jacket, with similar styling. Features will include:
- Two layers of our Full-Weight Wool everywhere, covering the entire body and arms
- About 5 inches longer in the body, potentially with a small slit at the bottom rear
- A third layer of wool, probably in the form of a removable cape, will cover the shoulders, top of the back and top of the chest. The cape will extend slightly to keep precipitation away from the arms and body. The Cape will be included, and we intend it to also be compatible with other WeatherWool items. The Cape will be available for separate purchase. We may also make a Reversible Double Cape using two layers of our MidWeight Fabric, allowing for different colors on each side. People have asked us to make a Blaze Orange item, and it seems like a Reversible Double Cape with Blaze on one side might be really useful.
- Large Map Pocket between the two layers in the rear of the Jacket, probably closed by zippers
- Huge Cargo Pockets between the two layers of wool in front of the Jacket
- Handwarmer pockets ... we need to figure out how these can work with the Cargo Pockets ... Handwarmer Pockets and Cargo Pockets are both great, but they don't live together happily. Zippers on the handwarmer pockets will open upward and close down, minimizing drafts when the hands are inside
- Heavy-duty center-front double zipper protected by a Storm Flap. The Flap will be secured by Slot Buttons made from mil-spec melamine
- Adjustable cuff closures
- Drawstring to snug the waist
- Drawstring near the bottom sweep
- Secure, zippered inside pockets for electronics, etc. There will be one inner pocket at each side of the chest, and perhaps others, as well
- Stovepipe collar that can protect the face up to about the nose
- The back of the collar will have three buttons to accept the optional Double Hood
- BUT ... we are also thinking that perhaps we will make a Double Hood an integral part of the NMDJ. It's hard to picture someone wanting this Jacket without the Double Hood. This would make the design of the Hood and collar a bit like the Ski/Mountain Jacket, except that the Hood of the NMDJ will have two layers of our FullWeight Fabric. At this point, we are heavily favoring the option of the separate Double Hood
- We were considering pit zips, but with two layers of our FullWeight Fabric, pit zips are not workable. Also, this Jacket is not made for levels of activity that would require pit zips.
- We also have a request for an adjustable-width forearm. A customer was concerned the sleeves would be too tight for multiple layers underneath. Maybe ... but with two layers of FullWeight Fabric, it's not clear to me anybody would wear much underneath the NMDJ? Another subject for discussion
- In size Large, the NMDJ will weigh about 10 pounds (4.5 kilos). A very serious and heavy coat!!
Please give us your ideas. Here are a couple of photos of the first prototype, which was made with some really nice Melton wool fabric, but not WeatherWool Fabric, which is too expensive to use at this point in development ... plus, we don't have any of our own Fabric at present.
Also shown at left are a couple of pictures of Advisor JR Morrissey, who is helping us design the NMDJ. 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 ...
THANKS -- Ralph, Debby, Alex, Denali
4 November 2019