This timeless Western Vest adds that extra bit of breathable comfort on chilly days and warms the torso underneath a coat in colder weather. Made in Seattle with our legendary Mackinaw Wool from Oregon’s Pendleton Woolen Mills, it shrugs off wind and light rain, insulates wet or dry, and provides decades of reliable service.
The notched lapels and pointed hem are a nod of respect to the clothing worn by the bold pioneers who settled the western half of our country. The vest, known as a waistcoat in Britain, was considered a requirement for a properly-attired man in that day. The vests worn on the American frontier were as much a tool as a garment for the those rugged men. The pockets on the front were located and sized to provide quick access to timepieces, small notepads, tobacco pouches and other necessities while on horseback. Often while riding through brush, snagging of topcoats was a concern, and a sturdy vest provided the gear-carrying ability and weather protection that was required. The same features that made the vest so invaluable on the range make our Western Vest a versatile companion no matter where the journey takes you.
Woven to our unique specifications, our heavyweight 24-oz. Mackinaw Wool provides greater resilience, more natural insulating qualities, increased breathability and superior water repellency. It comes from a small herd of hardy sheep in the northwestern United States and Canada. Our wool will absorb as much as 30% of its own weight in moisture without becoming damp or clammy, allowing it to retain body warmth even when very wet. The fibers can even be bent and flexed 20,000 times without breaking. We’re certain that there is no finer wool than Filson’s 100% virgin Mackinaw Wool.