Duluth Men's Fire Hose Iron Range Coat

Bi-swing back, armpit gussets, and articulated elbows provide for a a roomy, non-constrictive fit.

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Duluth Men's Fire Hose Iron Range Coat



The first feature I look for in a cold weather work coat is comfort, especially since I'll be wearing it, on and off, for six to eight hours a day. The coat has to fit well, feel good, and keep me warm - but not cooking. It has to provide me with ample freedom of movement when lifting my arms overhead, bending, crouching, and climbing.
 
The second feature I look for is durability. I want a sturdy fabric that won't fray or rip too easy, a material that is wind and water resistant, and stain repellent, and, which can be easily washed and dried. It should also have ample, strong pockets that can store all manner of gear; and, zippers and buttons that open and close easily.
 
Finally, I want a coat that offers good value for money. I don't mind paying top dollar for a good coat, but if I do, I want the coat to last at least three or four years.
 
After wearing the Duluth Men's Fire Hose Iron Range Coat (14007) as my daily work coat for upwards of two months, I can say that, with only a couple of minor exceptions, it offers great comfort, durability, and value.
 

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Tough, durable Fire Hose fabric with double stitched seams   
      
This 14007 coat is made from 100% cotton canvas, what Duluth calls 'Fire Hose' fabric, as it's basically the same fabric that was used to wrap fire hoses. The fabric itself is made from a mid-weight 11-1/2 ounce cotton canvas that has a double weave thread pattern running in both a horizontal and vertical pattern, giving the fabric a lot of durability. The material has a similar look and feel to 'blue jeans'.
 
As you'll find on most quality made work clothing today, the fabric has been treated to repel water and stains. Duluth has gone one step further and pre-washed the coat, to give it that 'broken-in' feeling. Plus, they've double stitched just about all the seams for additional reinforcement.
 
You get a total of 10 pockets, 8 on the outside, 2 on the inside, plus a 'glove box' pocket on the lower back of the coat. There are two pairs of hand pockets — a pair of small pockets located close to the bottom of the coat and a pair of very large pockets about mid-length. All the pockets are fleece-lined on one side of the pocket. I quite liked this as it seems to help keep hands warm — or maybe it helps the hands warm up quicker.
 
There are two pairs of decent sized flapped cargo pockets — one pair at chest level and the other at the bottom. These pockets have brass snap closures. I found the snaps too small. I had to remove my gloves to close the snaps, and often it took a couple of tries to get them closed.
 
You'll also find two additional inside breast pockets with hook and loop closures. Both pockets are a fairly decent size, and the H&L closures are quick to open.
 
With so many pockets you can load up with a lot of gear — wallet, smartphone, keys, pad, pens and pencils, gloves, toque, and still have room left over for a measure tape, MP3, multi-tool, and the like. Even loaded up this coat doesn't feel overly bulky.
 

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The coat has a wonderful Berber fleece lining (66% polyester and 34% acrylic), which at first glance you might mistake for wool. The polyester adds durability, resistant to mildew and abrasion, good insulating properties, and is quick drying. Acrylic, on the other hand, is lightweight, soft, and warm, and its fibers are very resilient. What this means is that the 14007 will keep you warm and comfortable in very cold weather.
 
The lining runs along the inside of the sides and back of the coat, but not down the arms. I like this arrangement, as it makes the arms of the coat less bulky. Besides, I think you lose more heat from your core than extremities.
 

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I particularly like the long waist on the 14007, which runs to almost half way down the thigh. It keeps you warmer than a shorter jacket, particularly if you're bending over a lot or climbing scaffolding or ladders.
 

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There are snaps on each side of the waist that you can undo to make for a roomier fit. Undoing them also makes it a tad easier to reach into a pants pocket, or retrieve keys, phone, or multi-tool attached to your belt.
 

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This is the first coat I've had with a 'Glove box' rear pocket. I found it to be be very convenient for storing work gloves, hat, or note book.


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Bi-swing back (A), armpit gussets (B), articulated elbows (C)        
                    
A lining in the coat adds bulk, and if you're wearing a sweater hoodie underneath, movement can be somewhat impeded. Duluth has integrated three features into the 14007 that allow for improved freedom of movement.
 
The first is a bi-swing back, which has deep pleats that extend upwards to the shoulder. Second is the armpit gusset, which is an extra piece of material sewn into the area under the armpit. It not only provides extra room to more, but helps keeps the arm of the jacket from pulling too far away from your wrists when you need to reach for something. Third is the articulated elbow that provides greater  unencumbered range of motion around the elbow.
 
All three features add up to a coat that doesn't feel overly constrictive.
 

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Another nice feature on this coat is the 2-snap adjustable cuffs. When wearing gloves I can open up the cuff so that the gloves tuck up inside the sleeve. Note that there is a gusset on the sleeve. Often manufacturers will simply cut the material to create an opening, inviting cold air to seep in.
 

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If you need to hang up your coat at the work site, there is a convenient tab on the back of the coat, securely sewn in place.
 

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Duluth uses a metal 2-way zipper that's covered with a snap down storm flap. The flap protects the zipper, and also helps to keep moisture and wind from seeping into the coat.
 
The pull tab is large enough that you can securely grasp it even if you're wearing gloves. However, the snaps are small, and can be a nuisance to close, particularly if you're wearing gloves. But, I much prefer the snaps to hook and loop closures, which, I find, tend to loose their ability to hold together over time.
 

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I like that the zipper can be opened up from the bottom. This enables you to reach into a pocket, or access your belt or pants zipper, more quickly.
 

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The 2-way zipper can be frustrating to use. The slider body consists of two parts, and you need to slip the insertion pin into both parts of the slider before you can pull the tab to close the zipper. More often than not I had to fiddle with it, and, doing the job with gloves on was, for me, impossible. Unzipping the coat poses no problem. Even though I like being able to unzip the coat from the waist upwards — to gain quick access to pants pocket or belt — I'd be more content with a conventional one-way zipper.
 
Overall though, the Duluth Men's Fire Hose Iron Range Coat (14007) makes for a great cold weather work coat. I found it to be very comfortable to wear, and the bi-swing back, armpit gussets, and articulated elbows provide for a a roomy, non-constrictive fit.  The coat is quite warm, it repels water perfectly, and the Fire Hose fabric really breaks the wind.
 
The 14007 is the long version of the coat, which reaches to just above mid-thigh. There is also a work jacket (14005) version that reaches to the waist, as well as a vest (14002).
 
Colours are the usual drab navy, or a slightly more gray camel. Available in three sizes: Large, XL, and 2XL. And, with Duluth's 'No Bull' 100% satisfaction guarantee you can return the coat at any time if you're not fully satisfied.


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KEY FEATURES:

  • 11-1/2 oz. Fire Hose cotton canvas
  • 66% polyester/34% acrylic Berber fleece lining
  • Water and stain repellent
  • 8 front pockets
  • 'Glove box' rear pocket
  • Armpit gussets, bi-swing back and articulated elbows
  • 2-snap adjustable cuffs
  • 2-way zipper with storm flap
  • Available in camel or navy colour
  • Available in LG, XLG and 2XL sizes
  • No Bull 100% satisfaction guarantee

COMPANY:Duluth Trading Co.
MODEL:14007
PRICE:$139.50 US
MADE IN:China
SOURCE:Online
Carl Duguay, January 2013
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