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Published on January 5th, 2013 | by Greg

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Salence Arch Full-Zip Sweater Jacket: Warm And Fuzzy

It’s wintertime, and the living is… not so easy. In New York City, you never quite know whether it’s going to be freezing or just cool, with the wind ripping between buildings and the subways sometimes sweltering. Layers are the obvious answer, but it’s tough to find a combination that works, and manages to be reasonably stylish at the same time.

We’ve been trying out a combination of shirt, sweater, and a jacket, and succeeding in a large part thanks to the Salence Arch Full-Zip. The company is fairly new, and apparently the name means “a clear sense of well-being in the midst of chaos”- a perfect sentiment for Manhattan if we’ve ever heard one.

They claim the garment “combines a traditional boiled wool with a modern taffeta, needle punched together in an innovative approach to combining warmth and wind resistance”. We couldn’t figure out a better way to say it ourselves- the unusual texture on the outside that looks from a distance like a leather jacket and the warm inner, plus a dark brown leather trim that is much nicer than most other jackets we’ve seen. Ours didn’t come with a tag, so we can’t be sure of the precise makeup of materials,  but it was warm enough to wear in quite chilly weather, and blocked the wind nicely without feeling encumbering. Breathability was decent, though this isn’t a true technical piece of apparel, and it’s not the best for rain either as there isn’t a hood nor great waterproofing.

Stylish enough to inspire remarks from passersby, the pockets were perfectly positioned, and the zippers incredibly solid. Unlike many garments of the same weight, this one offers a sleek fit and cut, with adjustable cuffs (they’re tough to do with gloves on though). A cute hidden feature is the sleeve pocket- it’s hard to find unless you’re looking for it, and fairly small, but good for keys or some backup cash or cards when you’re going out.

The only major downside we found is the price- it’s fairly expensive, as designer looks and materials generally come with a designer pricetag. Expect to spend just under $500, but rest assured that your jacket will be rare- at this point, at least, the brand is a bit difficult to find, which makes the excellent construction and design all the more appealing.

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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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