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September 2004 Jackets

Jacket Review: EMS Thunderhead

You don't have to be a direct Mayflower descendant to appreciate a little Yankee thrift with this rain shell

EMS taps a universal love of value with this $79 bargain. The low hem won’t ride up in stormy weather, drawcords and zipper guards seal out the wet, and four chest pockets provide plenty of stash capacity without interfering with your hipbelt. The coated nylon is slightly less breathable than more expensive fabrics, but easy-to-operate pit zips minimize overheating. The snag: While the roll-down hood has three-point adjustment for a noggin-hugging fit, a stiffer brim would be welcome in sustained downpours.

Price: $79

Size: men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XL;

Weight: 14 oz.

Contact: (888) 463-6367; www.ems.com.

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