Ready For Rugged Performance

Cold weather and extreme activity make rugged jackets a must. In particular, as work-wear, they need to be tough and durable. They must offer a shield from foul weather conditions or from physically challenging work that causes significant damage. In addition, the garment must have multifunctional features and allow for movement and exposure to spills or to harsh labor. “Rugged fabric construction like a Tuff Tech rip-stop abrasion-resistant technology, found on our 5368 Ranger jacket, is designed to resist wear and tear and to ultimately provide an additional layer of protection from the outdoor elements,” says Jessica Strain of Dri Duck. “In addition to fabric construction, features such as wind and water resistance and four-way stretch aid in the wearers’ comfort level, keeping them moving through wind, rain and cold temperatures.”

All of Dri Duck’s jackets are designed with heavy-duty features and trims that include triple-needle stitching and bar tacking at high-stress seams. Bar tacking is visible at pocket corners; it’s a dense row of stitching that keeps the pocket from pulling away from the jacket body. Function is paramount in outerwear meant for work or play, such as skiing. “Large front pockets are key to a jacket’s functionality and are designed for the wearer to reach in with a gloved hand,” Strain adds. “Another element that you’ll see on Dri Duck jackets is a high-quality YKK metal zipper for easy slide action and durability. Last, and probably most important, is a hidden scrim layer found on the back of all Dri Duck’s polyfll insulation, which is designed to ensure that the polyfll stays in place and doesn’t shift to the bottom of the jacket after wash and wear.”