Mustang Survival Men’s Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket – Exceptionally Warm and Durable

Mustang Survival Men’s Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket - Engearment

Mustang Survival Men’s Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket – Exceptionally Warm and Durable

Andrew Piotrowski

I recently had the privilege of testing the Mustang Survival Men’s Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket. This jacket is designed to be used as outerwear in mild weather or as an essential layer in cold weather conditions.

In my opinion, there are few things more fulfilling than fall paddling. There is truly something special about gliding across a tranquil lake as the Autumn breeze plucks rust color leaves from the surrounding trees. With each paddle stroke, you find yourself forgetting about life’s problems as your canoe carries you farther away from shore. However, we must not forget about mother nature’s everlasting dichotomy.

The calm water is soothing and stress-reducing however this can create a dangerous complacency. That small patch of clouds on the horizon can rapidly become a thundering menace and that gentle breeze can quickly morph into a gale. By the time you realize what’s happening, there are already progress squashing winds pushing you farther from the dock.

Mustang Survival Men’s Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket - Engearment

Mustang Survival Men’s Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket – Engearment

Are you ready?  In your post-work rush to get on the water did you remember to pack some warm layers or rain gear? How about a dry bag or PFD? I too have fallen for this trap and been caught off guard and unprepared by mother nature’s fury. Fortunately, gear has evolved over the years and a number of great companies make the perfect gear for such occasions. 

One of these companies is Mustang Survival. For over fifty years they have been making gear to keep you safe and dry on the water.

Mustang Survival Men’s Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket - Engearment

Mustang Survival Men’s Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket – Engearment

This makes it perfect for canoeing, sailing, fishing, or really any maritime activity.  The jacket features Polartec Alpha insulation and is treated with a DWR finish which makes it water-resistant. I have been testing it this fall in a variety of weather conditions and activities.

These range from windy days out in open water on the canoe to everyday casual wear. I have found this jacket to be exceptional when it comes to warmth, comfort, and durability.

Mustang Survival Men’s Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket - Engearment

Mustang Survival Men’s Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket – Engearment

Mustang Survival Men’s Torrens Hooded Thermal Jacket review

 

Key Features:

  • Effective Insulation – The Polartec Alpha insulation provides excellent warmth and is body-mapped to retain heat but still be breathable. I have found that even when wet the insulation continues to stay warm. My jacket took an unplanned dip in the canoe thanks to our ever-excited dog Jack and an erratically thrown frisbee. On the way back to the dock I started getting cold and put the jacket on still damp, after a few minutes of paddling I was warm again. Additionally, the fur-like Polartec is extremely soft and comfortable.
  • Durability – I have worn this jacket almost every day for a few months and it is showing zero signs of wear or tear. This means no fading, pilling, or stretching.
  • Fit – I am 5’6 and weigh 160lbs and the Men’s Medium fits me great! It’s not baggy but not too tight either.
  • Purpose Built – This jacket is built to keep you warm and it does that perfectly. I really like to wear it as my outwear jacket when loading or launching the canoe and while paddling. It serves as a great layer in cold or wet conditions, however, keep in mind that it is not designed to be waterproof. Due to this I often keep a hardshell jacket in my drybag to layer on if the rain or waves really pick up. The hood does a really nice job of blocking the wind and is warm thanks to the Polartec Alpha Insulation. 

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