Published on March 31st, 2013 | by Greg0
Easter With Eddie Bauer’s Mackenzie Trench Coat
It’s time for April showers. And that means that it is also time to get out your rain jacket, and prepare for some stormy weather. Here in New York, we’ve had some rain and sleet over the past month while we’ve been testing out some outerwear. You’ll definitely recognize today’s brand, and the product fits their heritage but adds a more urban style.
The Eddie Bauer Mackenzie Trench Coat is part of their WeatherEdge line, named for the fabric technology that they claim is waterproof, windproof, and breathable. A water-repellent finish that they call StormRepel helps keep the water running right off of your jacket, and the sealed seams ensure that nothing gets through. We liked the zippers- sealed like those you may have seen on technical ski parkas- and the adjustable velcro cuffs are also a detail normally reserved for serious winter apparel for the slopes.
We’ve been testing it out in cool urban conditions that can immediately become humid when you get indoors, and were impressed by the breathability- it didn’t get too hot or steamy, like some rain jackets do. Also, the hood is decent, and we stayed perfectly dry inside even in heavy wind gusts and rain sheets that tend to penetrate clothing. The pockets are fairly warm and well-placed, and deep as well.
Only available in one color- Dark Smoke- our feelings about the look were a bit more mixed. The fabric itself looks sharp- a nice blend of business and casual- but the cut of the jacket was bulky. Their intention is to allow you to wear a sweater underneath, but our small could fit a few layers in addition and just felt baggy. For winterwear, the added room might be agreeable, but for urban streetwear, style and a form-fitting shape are more important. In addition, the storm flap sounds like a good detail and they can help keep your zippers dry- but when zipped and sealed, this flap is definitely too wide, and ends up making the coat look a bit feminine. When open and unzipped, the Mackenzie is sharp though, and there is plenty to love about a rain coat that is truly ready for even a serious monsoon.