If you’re a regular reader of Gear Patrol, you know we’ve featured Nau wares before. There’s a simple reason. The brand consistently succeeds where others fail by putting out smart, stylish, functional and eco-friendly pieces season after season. Your average waterproof jacket might be great for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail but step onto pavement and it looks as out of place as a pair of muddy hiking boots. Nau manages to put out pieces that offer true outdoor functionality while still maintaining a sense of style. Case in point: their new Wafer Pullover ($200).
The waterproof/breathable Wafer is an update on the classic anorak. You don’t see anoraks much anymore – the three-quarter zip, hooded pullover jacket. They always call to mind the Alps, men with ropes slung over their shoulders headed to scale the Eiger’s North Face. This one is less rugged and more urban but would serve well pulled out of a pack to ward off a summer squall. As its name implies, the Wafer is super light. In typical Nau fashion, this one has small styling details like an angled zip that avoids chafing the chin when closed up, and a clever, almost hidden, chest pocket, big enough for an iPhone. The Wafer is slim-fitting for athletic movement but has a side waist zip and wrist zips that can be opened up for ease of donning and doffing. What’s not to like?
Buy Now: $200
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