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Snugpak Tac3 Insulated Jacket

The Tac3 Hoody was perfect on a very changeable day out on Dartmoor with cool sun and chilly wind along with a quite cold outdoor pub lunch [©JG]

The Tac3 is an intermediate weight hooded jacket with Softie insulation lined with a brushed Thermal Suede lining for additional comfort, writes Mike Gormley.


This Snugpak jacket is perfect for those days when a bit more warmth is required and the need for a hood is likely.

The Tac3 has a permanently fitted hood that can be rolled into the collar and secured. It is classed by Snugpak as an intermediate weight jacket so is suited for times when the temperature is likely to be hovering down to around 0°C but great on those chill breezy days, we seem to be getting a lot of this year in UK. I’m pleased to say this one is made at Snugpak’s Silsden factory in Yorkshire and uses the company’s own Swiss-made Softie Premier insulation so is not likely to get held up in any future ‘ship jams’ in the Suez Canal! The outer material is the windproof and water-resistant Paratex Micro with the cosy feel TS1 Thermal Suede on the inside.

The hood is a good one, as expected, with the same fill as the main body and it is drawcord adjustable [©MG]
The hood is roll-away type and is insulated like the jacket – thanks to Steve for modelling [©MG]

I have had the opportunities to use this on various spring outings, including on Dartmoor where it proved perfect in the changeable conditions. The hoody has also been great as a cosy top to put on after a trip out on my kayak to warm up.

The chest pocket is large enough to take my Land Rover Explore Phone [©MG]

The Tac3 has a useful selection of pockets. Two hand-warmer Thermal Suede lined hip pockets, chest ‘phone’ pocket and an inner ‘wallet’’ pocket. There is also an upper arm pocket. Both arms have hook and loop patches for your relevant insignia if required.

The upper sleeves have hook and loop patches to take your insignia if appropriate – note pocket behind [©MG]

This jacket is a flexible and nice to wear versatile garment which is at home being used for an outdoor pub visit as well as out on the hill. Drawcords are fitted to the hood, to help keep the chill out, and thumb loops on the cuffs to prevent that annoying situation when the sleeves move up while you are active.

Thumb loops are fitted to the elasticated cuffs to prevent sleeves riding up [©MG]

The Tac3 comes with its own stuff sack to keep it compact when not in use and is available in Black or MultiCam (seeSnugpak Tac3 Insulated Hoody). A very nice addition to the coat rack.

The is a slight drop back to the Tac3 and you can see here the hem drawcords and the two zipped side pockets [©MG]
The Tac3 comes with its own vented stuff sack to compress it when not in use [©MG]

[images © Mike or Jean Gormley]

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