Gear Scout: Remington 1816 Ilion Jacket

It’s an unassuming display of trust––pulling a coat from a hook and slipping through a doorway and into the elements. For some, that trust can only be found in high-tech jackets made of exotic fabrics. For others, only traditional jackets constructed of time-tested materials will do. Remington’s 1816 Ilion Jacket is a fusion of old and new with the classic styling befitting the Remington legacy.

Constructed of 10.1 oz British Millerain waxed cotton, the outer fabric has a unique Gridwax ripstop weave for maximum durability. 14 wale corded cuffs and collar reinforce the heavy wear areas, and the stout YKK main zipper is protected by a wide storm flap secured with metal snaps. Every aspect of the Ilion is built with a commitment to comfort, utility, and maximum durability. The large bellowed pockets swallow everyday carry items and an internal pocket keeps essentials accessible, but protected. The polyester and cotton lining along the torso is paired to 100% nylon-lined sleeves for easy on/off.

Out of the box, the Ilion is stiff and begs to be broken in. This is not to say it feels uncomfortable, but the weight of the fabric combined with the robust construction, conveys the feeling this jacket will be a loyal friend for years to come. The waxed canvas has a slight patina which only gets better with time, and the styling is ageless. Cut with just enough room to accommodate a few under layers, the Ilion is trim without being constrictive. It’s clear Remington spent a great deal of thought designing this jacket, a piece named after the brand’s birthplace.

The unique fabric with its heavy ripstop pattern promises years of heavy use.

 

The detail in the construction is outstanding. This is a premium grade product worthy of it’s namesake.

 

The rear pocket, common to hunting and timber cruising jackets is a convenient addition.

 

In a recent storm, the Ilion reminded us why waxed canvas is still so popular. It repelled moisture as well as any modern fabric could, yet remained quiet, supple, and not just breathable, but comfortable in ways no nylon jacket can match. It’s classic, yet relevant in the modern age. That’s not easy to achieve and proof Remington is still in the business of making premium goods well beyond the year 1816.

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Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.

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