Brooks Silver Bullet Jacket
When you hear the words ‘silver bullet’, do you think of vampire-slaying? Maybe thoughts of a light ‘beer’ that tastes only vaguely like beer? Brooks wants you to start thinking lightweight warmth when you hear those words, and putting their questionable naming aside, Brooks has a winner in the new Silver Bullet Jacket. The Silver Bullet is a featherweight outer garment packed with features like an aluminum membrane for warmth, ‘flip-mitts’ which are stretchy hand-warmer cuffs that extend from the sleeves and flip over the fingers for warmth (see photos below), and a moisture-proof media pocket inside for your phone or media player, just to name a few.
The Silver Bullet also comes with the standard features you’d expect in a techy winter outer layer, like large vents on the front and back, plenty of reflectivity, and a great stretchy, yet still protective, fabric. I appreciated the amazing fit of the Silver Bullet; it is fitted enough in the body and sleeves to not get in the way, but forgiving enough in the shoulders and elbows to not be restrictive. The aluminum warmth membrane is so effective that you better have some really cold weather use it. While it feels like a very lightweight jacket, the extra-warm, windproof and water-resistant Silver Bullet is a heavyweight in terms of protection from the elements.
I sweat a lot when I run, regardless of what I am wearing, so I was ecstatic with the media pocket inside the jacket, designed to protect your valuable tech from sweat and weather. The collar of the jacket is lined with a soft wicking material that was comfortable against sweat-irritated skin. The zipper works particularly well, staying in place and not flopping around.
The Brooks Silver Bullet Jacket comes in black, yellow, bright green, and red and retails for $150.