He needed a jacket that he could wear with respectable people on hunts. He was spending more and more time with highlanders and bird-chasing dog lovers, and he needed a jacket that could go from field to dinner and would hold up better as well as out in the field. Chasing pheasants, grouse and quail with Miko gives me more opportunities to hunt with people compared to recent years where most of my efforts have been solo hunting trips in heavy camouflage. I also wanted a jacket that I would one day pass on to one of my sons, like one of the jackets I had from my father that has now been passed on to the oldest grandson in our family.
Waxed cloth jackets have been around for over a hundred years. Tom Beckbe has created his version of a quality waxed shelter fabric jacket for the mountaineer at heart. The Tensaw Jacket is truly made for southern quail hunters. It’s heavy waxed fabric, but not an insulating jacket. So while it keeps wind and moisture out and off your body, it doesn’t insulate well in extreme temperatures. Honestly, this is exactly why I wanted it. Many times, I want to keep my clothes warm with layers of merino wool, a flannel shirt, sometimes a wool sweater or fleece, and then the Tensaw jacket depending on the temperatures I experience while hunting. This is a very good jacket to wear when the wind kicks up a storm.
Waxed fabric requires a bit of care to keep it in excellent condition. A can of Repair Wax is only $4.50 and contains 1.5 oz. If you are buying the Tensaw Jacket it is important that you only add the wax to your order because why not? Keeping the dry, worn areas of your jacket ready and waxed when needed is just part of its upkeep, as is keeping a great pair of leather boots coated with mink oil.
The Tensaw jacket is a shell that slips over time. Like great copper, it looks better the more you use it. This jacket allows for a full range of motion with a bi-swing back and gusseted underarms. The large front pockets allow for plenty of storage and the hand warmer pockets are outstanding. Napoleon’s hidden pockets are perfect for your mobile. This jacket is made in the USA. Tom Beckbe is teaming up “FOR THE HUNT”. The company is six years old and already creating pieces of equipment that will stand the test of time.
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