User Review: TAD Men's Ranger Hoodie
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 200$
This is my go-to fleece, I've worn this fleece every fall, winter and early spring since I got it in 2008. It's made 2 trips to the middle east and kept me warm and the dust out every time I needed it too. This is the best fleece i own, when i wear it out (if i wear it out) I will buy a new one.
- Strong zippers, made in America
- Thick fleece, real tight to keep out wind and dust.
- High collar and a hood that's big enough to go over a helmet
- Pockets where you need them to get to them with all your gear on.
- Large chest pockets.
- Pockets on the upper arms and one on the forearm.
- Slots for pens, and pull through for ear buds on an ipod or mp3 player.
- Thumb holes on sleeves so you can put on your gortex or rain gear without pulling up your sleeves.
- It would be nice if it had hand warmer pockets down at the waist, but it's not that necessary, that's the only con that i can think of.
- Just remembered, no pit zips, I think the newer ones do.
FIT&COMFORT- the fit was good, I got an XL because i usually wear a few layers under a fleece. I could have went with a large, i don't need a bunch of layers under this fleece. plenty of length on the sleeves, no ride up if you stretch forward or up. jacket is plenty long enough to cover your waist, it goes down past my belt by at least 10 inches. this was one of the first things i noticed and liked. it goes down plenty far enough to cover a CCW, if you are licensed or choose too.
ADJUSTABILITY- there is no adjustment, i guess you could pull up the sleeves if you wanted to.
WATER RESISTANCE- it's not a water proof coat BUT the fleece is thick and tight enough that it does take a lot of water to get through it. I've worn it in rain more than once and only got wet one time(severe down pour lasted more than 5-6 hours) it still kept me warm tho, it's still kept the chill off of me. it also dry fast for as much water as it will take. YMMV. wind proof and dust proof does seem to mean that it will take more water than your regular fleece.
BREATHABILTY- I have one of the older ones, mine doesn't have pit zips (i think the newer ones do). it is definitely not a lightweight fleece.
MOISTURE- never worn it without something, at least a shirt under it, but it does seem to soak up some sweat.
WARMTH- it is the warmest fleece i own. it's warmer than my North Face Denali, and it has a hood and higher collar.
LAYERING- there's plenty of room for layers. I've actually worn this fleece over a plate carrier and a chest rig more than once. (i could have went with a large) i could zip up the front with my gear under it. it didn't take much of a look to tell i had gear on under it but it would zip up. most of you probably won't ever need to do that but the ones that do know what i mean.
ABRASION- went through 2 trips to south west Asia with no trouble at all. in and out of vehicles, both air and ground, bumping into hescos, jersey barriers, and even some time on the ground and its no worse for wear.
FUNCTION- read above, that's what it was designed to do, if this fleece will go through a combat zone and come back looking just broke in, there's not a lot you are gonna do to it that it won't take. zippers are still holding, interior is still in one piece.
EASE OF USE- slide your arms in hands first, pull it up over your shoulders and zip it up, and be warm. to easy.
FEATURES- velcro on the shoulders for unit patches. pocket placement, strong zippers and a hood that will go over a helmet, lot of room in the chest but a tight waist. double thick fleece on elbows.
This is a great fleece, a bit expensive but well worth the money if you need a fleece that will last where other things just fall apart. you won't want another fleece after this one.