We tend to avoid cotton when looking for a piece of outerwear; “cotton is rotten,” the old hiker’s mantra goes. The primary reason is that cotton garments absorb moisture easily, and once they’re wet, their warmth benefits are zapped — not Ventile though. Ventile is made from 100-percent extra-long-staple cotton that’s woven in such a tight weave that it’s water-repellant.
American Trench’s Ventile jackets — a field coat and a bomber — are also treated with DWR as an extra barrier against the elements. Both are military-inspired styles, which makes sense because Ventile’s first application was in the immersion suits worn by British fighter pilots during WWII — and the British Royal Air Force still uses it today. Beyond that, Sir Edmund Hillary wore a Ventile jacket during the first-ever ascent of Mount Everest.
Right now both of these jackets are available for 25-percent off; use the code LAYERUP for the discount.
Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.
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