Urban explorers can have almost as as many gear needs as the everyday woodsman, especially come winter. Cole Haan first created a collection of lightweight boots in partnership with Mountain Hardwear called ZerøGrand, for this very reason. Now they’ve expanded the label into outerwear with the release of 6 new jackets and a day pack. The Cole Haan ZerøGrand Lifestyle collection has produced some pretty solid options in the new go-to jacket category.
The Trench, available in black or grey, is a great weather-ready business option that you can still get away with on sunny days. Its straightforward, minimal look is matched with lightweight and breathable fabrics that insulate like a ski jacket. Made from Mountain Hardwear’s DRY.Q STRETCH OZONIC shell, seamed with waterproof tape, and an insulated hood, it’s ready to roll should the snow start . Inside you’ll find one zippered pocket and access to the outside pockets, which also zip shut.
The Metro Coat comes with similar features but is cut shorter at the waist, like a classic car jacket.
The Commuter is their version of the pervasive puffy coat, which is cut a little long so it can be fit over a blazer. It’s 100% waterproof and uses Hearwear’s proprietary Thermal.Q(™) ELITE fabric, which is one of the weariest synthetic fabrics on earth. Covering the whole jacket is a layer tear-resistant. downproof nylon.
Consider pairing any of the jackets with the Commuter Pack, a backpack that turns into a tote with a padded laptop sleeve and comes with a slit specifically for your umbrella.