The name of the Mountain Hardware Sarafin long-sleeve bomber jacket ($130) doesn’t really do it justice. It’s not really a “jacket” but a sweater and a durable one at that.
Made in Italy, the Sarafin is made of a double-knit recycled wool blend (40% Polyester, 40% wool) making it a harbinger of environmentally-friendly and sustainable clothing design forces at play. That it wasn’t made in China is a major bonus.
What I liked
- Its simple design and styling. I can’t describe it any better, I’m afraid. While Mountain Hardwear calls it a “bomber jacket” it’s actually a very warm sweater.
- Warm and cozy. Combine 40% recycled wool with a heavy quilted interior and you have a sweater that you can use for everything from air travel, office, wearing around the city and, as of recently, as hiking sweater in Scotland. It was because of hiking in Scotland that I can say that Sarafin does a pretty good job of fending off chilly wind and light rain.
- Pockets can accommodate a stuffed hand and aren’t for decoration.
- Sizing is accurate. I wear a small and the Sarafin’s small that I tested was the right size—as long as wasn’t wearing a heavier baselyer. The heavier base layer made the sweater feel tighter and more constricted in the arms and shoulders. If heavier baselayers are your preference, order next size up. Otherwise, go with your normal size. The arms are also long enough to fully cover wrists when stretched.
What I didn’t like
- It doesn’t have a hood? That’s all I can legitimately complain about.
There are times when a piece of gear comes along that isn’t necessarily ground-breaking or earth-shattering in its design but I love it anyway. It’s the simple pieces to which I’m inherently drawn. The Sarafin is as simple as it gets and that’s a good thing.
Fall is coming. And then winter. The Mountain Hardwear Sarafin long-sleeve bomber jacket (sweater!) is a Gear Gals Recommended Piece of Gear.