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A coat without sleeves. Warm, windproof. Super-warm around the body core and totally eliminates the bulked-up feeling that is sometimes created by the sleeves of a really warm jacket.
The outside of the Vest is our own FullWeight Jacquard Fabric. The inside of the Vest is lined with the namesake Mouton, an extremely select grade of natural lamb pelt. Less than 1% of American lambs have a fleece that is soft and silky enough to grade out to Mouton. The pelt is tanned and dyed brown, and trimmed to a uniform 5/8 inch (1.6 cm). The fleece is still attached to the tanned hide, and so in effect there is a third layer -- leather -- in between the Lamb's Fleece and our Fabric.
- Inside panels of the Vest are large, solid pieces taken from the centers of the Mouton Pelts. Multiple pelts required to make each Vest
- Our own FullWeight Jacquard Fabric outer layer
- Back panel is longer for better coverage when bending
- Two-way, Heavy-Duty YKK Vislon Center-Front Zipper
- Storm Flap secured by Slot Buttons that covers the Center-Front Zipper (The Lynx Pattern Mouton Vest in these pictures was made prior to our switch to Slot Buttons)
- Stove-pipe collar
- Handwarmer Pockets that are separate from, and behind, the Cargo Pockets
- This Vest is actually reversible, and some people wear it that way sometimes, but the center-front zipper isn't made for that, and the pockets will then be on the inside
The Mouton Vest is not only seriously warm, but also, because of the leather of the Mouton Pelt, windproof, and just the ticket for low levels of physical activity in cool to severely cold weather. And you can wear the vest in fairly warm temperatures if you do not exert yourself. But if you are really active and start generating any significant heat of your own, the Mouton Vest will likely be too warm, even in temperatures far below freezing. However, you can vent a great deal of heat by opening the front of the Vest. The potential venting of heat is one of the big advantages of a Vest over a coat. It doesn't matter how windy it is, wind will not penetrate the leather. But if you really need to vent some heat, open the Vest and turn into the wind.
The Vest has what is called a stovepipe collar. The collar zips way up high so you can protect your chin and usually a little more of your face.