The Improved Coach’s Coat

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The zip-up bomber, with its elasticized cotton collar and roomy pockets perfect for whistles and dry-erase markers, seems like a fall jacket designed with little league coaches in mind – and there is nothing wrong with that. The problem is that many of these coats, referred to as varsity jackets when emblazoned with team logos, make signal callers look dumpy because their capacious insides are abbreviated by elastic waistbands. The slim fit canvas bomber from the new California-based ski outfitter Coldsmoke solves this problem to such an extent that their offering could pass for slimming. Is it still a dad jacket? Absolutely, in a good way.

Coldsmoke, named for the sort of dry, fluffy snow that hangs in the mountain air, specializes in performance gear for serious snowboarders and skiers. And the brand has taken a rigorous, gear-minded approach to creating a casual, everyday jacket. Made of high-twist cotton canvas with reinforced pockets and shoulders, the slim bomber can weather a storm (though it probably won’t have to). Fortunately, the tough exterior hides a soft lining and the cleverly designed interior pockets are perfect for a wallet, a cell phone, and that piece of paper with the lineup scribbled on it. The stylized cuffs give the jacket a bit of Western flair without complicating what was clearly intended to be a simple garment.

Though it isn’t going to make anyone look younger, the jacket is the perfect upgrade for men who’d be content to look a bit trimmer. In style, as in sports, the key is to perfect the fundamentals before adding a bit of flash. Coldsmoke has done just that. [$325;]

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