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Vertx Downrange Soft Shell Jacket: Lo-Pro/Lo-Vis Combat/Tactical Jacket with with VaporCore Moisture-Wicking and Infrared (IR) Energy-Reflecting Fabric Tech for Concealed Carry (CCW) and Urban Combat/Tactical Ops! (Video!)

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By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com

January 7, 2018

We here at DefenseReview (DR) DO like our technical clothing, and in that spirit, Vertx is making a very cool lo-pro/lo-vis (low-profile/low-visibility) softshell combat/tactical jacket for concealed carry (CCW) called the Vertx Downrange Soft Shell Jacket, and just about every aspect of it is pretty interesting. First, the jacket just looks good, with a minimalist, utilitarian non-“tactical” visual design aesthetic. It basically looks like a very modern high-tech performance technical jacket designed for conquering the outdoors, an adventure jacket, if you will, and it looks expensive, even though it really isn’t for what you’re getting. Second, it utilizes a polyester lining “powered by [Cocona] 37.5® Active Particle Technology” carbon-particle technical fabric that Vertx has rebranded as VaporCore™. Catchy. The 37.5/VaporCore carbon-particle fabric is mosture-wicking, odor-blocking, and IR (Infrared)-reflective, so it keeps you cooler and drier, keeps you smelling better, and, in effect, re-engergizes you while you’re wearing it, as it reflects your body’s IR energy back into you. Pretty cool.

Third, the Downrange Soft Shell Jacket’s outer softshell fabric is both water-repellant and 4-way stretch for additional utility, comfort and freedom of movement. Fourth, there’s lots of pockets both inside and outside. The external chest and arm pockets are covered/recessed under folds and flaps for a non-snag slick outer profile. And, as if all that’s not enough, the Downrange Soft Shell Jacket comes in some really great colors, including Shadow Grey, Bering Blue, Burnt Ash, and Slate Grey.

DR got a chance to see the Bering Blue variant of the Vertx Down Range Softshell Jacket at SHOT Show 2017, and we really liked the color, both from a pure aesthetic aspect, and because it’s non-“tactical”. However, we also particularly like the Burnt Ash color scheme, as it looks like a nice mix between grey and olive drab (OD) green. We can’t wait to see that color in person.

By the way, notice the equally interesting and cool Vertx Speed Concealed Carry Shirt and Delta Stretch Pants in the video and photos, respectively, which DR covered in an article after seeing them at SHOT Show 2016.

Defense Review digs this jacket–oh, and it’s currently on sale (as of this writing)!

The following information comes directly from the Vertx website:

“DOWNRANGE SOFT SHELL JACKET

An essential asset to the prepared professional

The Vertx® Downrange Softshell Jacket is an essential asset to the prepared professional whether in a training or operational environment. As functional as it is technical, the jacket provides 7 external pockets and 1 internal chest pocket for ample storage capacity. The polyester shell provides excellent water repellency, while the inclusion of spandex material and gusseted side panels allows freedom of movement. The polyester lining features VaporCore™, powered by 37.5® Active Particle Technology, which maintains your core body temperature allowing you to perform better, longer.

$154.95 $179.95

Specifications:

1 | Two strategically placed bicep pockets for ease of access
2 | Fleece lined hand pockets with zipper closures
3 | Snap-button chest pocket with flap for quick access to small items
4 | Two vertical zippered chest pockets for secure storage
5 | Internal left chest pocket with zipper closure
6 | Elongated tail for better back coverage while active
7 | Gusseted side panels for freedom of movement
8 | Drawcord adjustments hidden in hand pockets
9 | Adjustable Velcro cuff tabs
10 | Fleece lined interior for warmth
11 | Water repellent shell”

Company Contact Info:

VERTX
4545 Malsbary Road
Cincinnati OH 45242
Toll Free: 800-543-1939
Phone: 513-793-5400
Fax: 513-793-7819
Website: https://www.wearvertx.com

Fechheimer Brothers Company, A Berkshire Hathaway Company
4545 Malsbary Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Phone: 513-793-5400
Toll-free: 800-543-1939
Fax: 513-793-7819
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.fechheimer.com

Cocona Inc. (37.5)
5480 Valmont Road
Ste. 300
Boulder, CO 80301
Office: +1-720-652-9726
Fax: +1-720-207-5977
Website: https://www.thirtysevenfive.com/

Tim Rogers
VP Sales, Account Director U.S. East Coast, Midwest
Email: [email protected]

Dave Bywater
Account Director U.S. West Coast/U.S. Innermountain West
Email: [email protected]

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