Wolverine Cameron Jacket Review

Great value in a well-priced work jacket.

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Wolverine Cameron Jacket



What I look for in a cold weather jacket is comfortable fit, light weight, durability, water and wind resistance, good insulating qualities and breathability. I particularly don't like heavy jackets that restrict arm movement, or those that trap too much body heat. This new Wolverine Cameron Jacket has a lot of features I like at a very good price point.

The Cameron is a hip length, hooded jacket that comes in four sizes (from medium to double extra large) and three colours: Whiskey (or tan), Bison (brown), and Charcoal.

The exterior is made from 12 ounce heavy duty cotton duck canvas. Any plain-woven fabric made of cotton is called 'canvas'. It's widely used in work clothing because it's so durable. It's also breathable, water-resistant, and somewhat wind proof. The duck reference doesn't have anything to do with waterfowl - it refers to a heavy canvas made of plied yarns that keep the material from twisting on itself. Canvas is naturally stiff and rough, so clothing manufacturers treat the canvas to make it softer and more pliable. 

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Good water resistance

Wolverine also uses a DuraLock™ Defend technology to increase water and oil resistance. I splashed water on the surface of the Cameron and let it sit for 30-minutes before taking the photo above. Nary a molecule seeped through. 


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Rib knit cuffs keep out the drafts

Wind infiltration up arm sleeves and around the waist can really cool you down. The concealed ribbed knit cuffs go a long way in keeping body warmth from seeping out and cold air from creeping in. There is also an elasticized knit cuff around the waist. Both arm and waist cuff do a great job, but I would have liked to see a longer waist on the back of the jacket, which gives better protection when kneeling and stooping over.

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Durable metal zipper with interior wind flap

The zipper works well, and the pull tab is large enough to easily grab when your wearing gloves. The interior wind flap is just a bit of extra material behind the zipper, but it helps to keep wind from seeping into the jacket. You'll notice in the photo above that most of the seams are double or triple stitched, which adds to the overall durability of the jacket. 

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Ample exterior and interior pockets

I think that most guys like having a lot of pockets on a jacket. The Cameron has two 'kangaroo' style side pockets that offer ample capacity to accommodate your hands along with odds and ends - keys, wallet, cell phone, tape measure, etc. The pockets are large enough that you can stuff work gloves in them. As well, they're lined with taffeta (no, not silk, probably polyester) that provide extra wind protection, helping to keep your hands a bit warmer. Beside the left pocket is a 3-slot pencil pocket and a larger cell phone pocket. 

Up top is small exterior chest pocket, and inside the jacket are two other decent sized pockets, one has a Velcro closure, the other a zipper. You can easily fit in a wallet, smartphone, notebook, or similar sized items.


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Articulated elbow pleats offer greater range of motion

I've been sold on articulated elbow pleats for years. They offer a lot more comfort than non-pleated elbows, particularly when you're wearing a thick layer underneath, such as a hoodie or sweatshirt. You'll notice the difference when swinging a hammer or doing repetitive lifting. A great feature that really enhances comfort.

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Gusseted arm sockets increase flexibility

At the back of the jacket, just behind the shoulder, is an extra layer of fabric that allows the jacket to extend when you raise your arm upward or overhead. It helps to keep the jacket from crawling up your back when you extend your arms. Coupled with the articulated elbow, this makes the Cameron a very comfortable jacket to wear when you're engaged in a lot of lifting, bending, hammering, climbing - all the sorts of things a renovator or carpenter does throughout the day.


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Thinsulate™ Insulation for lightweight warmth

The inside of the jacket is lined with 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation. Thinsulate is a lightweight synthetic material that, according to 3M, provides up to twice the warmth of other synthetics and one-and-a-half times the warmth of 550 fill down insulation. Well, earlier this month (December, 2013) I was able to put the Cameron to the test is -8°C temperatures. Wearing just a flannel shirt under the jacket I felt comfortable the whole time I was outside. The rib knit cuffs and waistband coupled with the natural wind resistance properties of cotton duck canvas, and the superior insulating properties of Thinsulate, make this one warm jacket.

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Hood with draw cord

For extra protection when the temperature get really low, or the wind begins to howl, you can draw up the hood and secure it in place with a draw cord. The hood will accommodate a hard hat as well.

The Wolverine Cameron Jacket has pretty well everything that I look for in a winter work jacket. The fit was spot on, while the 
articulated elbow and gusseted arm sockets go a long way to increasing comfort and flexibility. It's certainly worth a try, particularly as Wolverine offers a 30-day comfort guarantee. Great value in a well-priced work jacket.


KEY FEATURES:

  • 4 sizes: M, L, XL, XXL
  • 3 colours: Whiskey, Bison, Charcoal
  • Exterior: 100% cotton duck canvas
  • Exterior treatment: Wolverine DuraLock™ Defend
  • Lining: 100% polyester quilted brushed tricot
  • Insulation: 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation
  • Three-piece lined hood with draw cord
  • 2 Interior chest pockets with zipper and Velcro closure
  • Chest welt pocket with hidden zipper closure
  • 2 side kangaroo pockets
  • Side utility pocket with 3 pencil slot openings
  • Triple needle topstitching
  • Metal zipper
  • 30-day comfort guarantee

COMPANY:Wolverine
MODEL:W1200410-253
PRICE:$100
MADE IN:China
SOURCE:Dealer Locator

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