Published on January 5th, 2013 | by Greg0
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.