US brand Filson have a nice-looking range of rugged and rootsy apparel in their collection, but the Reliance boasts real backcountry substance as well as plenty of hipster style. It’s a full featured 3-layer jacket made from Neoshell; luxurious and quiet to wear, as well as performing very well as a highly weatherproof layer. The fit is fairly true – I was sent the large by accident, and this is roomy but not massive on me, allowing layering underneath. There are two fleece lined handwarmer and two Napoleon pockets, all with weather resistant zips, and inside a phone chest pocket. The front zip has a rear storm guard, and I’ve had no issues with ingress. The hood is cavernous and can be cinched down but is not technical; there’s no stiffened peak and it moves only partially with the head. The jacket is very comfortable to wear, the arms are well articulated and finished with Velcro fasteners, and the cut is short, boxy and on trend. I can’t deny that I like the style, but the shorter length, and the weight (around 750g on my scales) as well as the hood, mean that for me, this is more of a wear-all-day walking and working coat, rather than a high energy, high mountain hardshell.
▶ Verdict: A very stylish, if somewhat heavy, weatherproof jacket.
▶ Best for: Commuting, day walks, bushcraft, rangering – a do-it-all foul weather coat.
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern