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Published on May 30th, 2012 | by Greg


Roots Kootenay: Solid Outerwear From Our Friends Up North

When you think of Cana­da, fash­ion might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But if you’re in need of out­er­wear or leather goods, it makes sense to look north of the bor­der, and es­pe­cial­ly to­wards a com­pa­ny based in Toron­to and famed for their com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment. One of the most valu­able brands from Cana­da, Roots makes a wide range of ap­par­el for men and wom­en, as well as footwear and leather goods. Though you may not have heard of them, you can find their gear at a grow­ing num­ber of lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the NBC Ex­pe­ri­ence store in Rock­e­feller Cen­ter here in Man­hat­tan.

We’ve been test­ing out the Roots Koote­nay Tech Jack­et, an ab­so­lute god­send a few weeks ago when rain would ap­pear with­out warn­ing, and tem­per­a­tures would shift dras­ti­cal­ly. While a lit­tle warm for sum­mer, it was the per­fect coat for a spring in a cli­mate where nights can get chilly, es­pe­cial­ly in the wind. This is not your av­er­age piece of tech­ni­cal ap­par­el- it’s far too stylish for that- and they call it a tran­si­tion jack­et, which seems ap­pro­pri­ate. But you wouldn’t guess it from the but­tons, which of­fer an ex­tra lay­er of pro­tec­tion over the front zip­per. We loved the quan­ti­ty and size of pock­ets, as well as the sol­id zip­pers.

Elas­tic draw­cords on the hood and the waist al­low you to ad­just to fit, and keep out drafts or ran­dom splash­es of wa­ter (from, say, the taxis that tend not to wor­ry much about drench­ing pedes­tri­ans). Vel­cro on the wrists help as well. The hood is not de­tach­able, nor easy to hide away when not in use, but works quite well- some hoods are too large or small, but this one fit quite well, of­fer­ing just the right lev­el of shield­ing against the el­e­ments. The Koote­nay was re­mark­ably wa­ter re­pel­lent, but didn’t rate quite as well in breatha­bil­i­ty; users re­port­ed feel­ing a bit hu­mid. But they al­so re­port­ed look­ing good- the grey, tex­tured look is flex­i­ble and the dark­er ac­cents strike the right bal­ance be­tween mod­ern and clas­sic.

Siz­ing felt true to fit, and the coat is al­so avail­able in a dark­er black mix. Ex­pect to spend around $140, on­line and in stores. Worth ev­ery pen­ny, for this love­ly busi­ness ca­su­al, mul­ti-pur­pose piece of qual­i­ty out­er­wear.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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