Penfield’s ‘Gibson’ Hudson Wax Jacket
It’s been raining quite a bit here lately, which is good. Though we’re nowhere near out of the woods yet on the drought, every drop counts. The recent rains no doubt helped tip me over the edge recently when I decided to purchase the Penfield ‘Gibson’ jacket from J. Crew. I’ve received a number of messages over the last week or so about this jacket, and I figured I might as well snap some pictures and write a few words about it.
I normally don’t buy things at full retail, but a number of factors conspired to push me over the edge on this one. I didn’t really need another rain jacket, as I have several that serve the same purpose as this one here, including a North Face ‘Decagon 2.0’ jacket in a nice bright green that I recently thrifted. But, as fate would have it, I was in a nearby J. Crew recently with my wife and checking out the menswear section as she shopped around when I came across this jacket.
I generally find the third-party things that J. Crew sells to be quite overpriced, but I really liked the detailing on this jacket so I thought I’d try it on just for kicks. It felt comfortable, and when I looked in the mirror I was a little surprised by how much I liked how I looked in it. It was flattering. To be more precise, I felt like it made me look thinner than I actually am (people who have seen me wear it in person may debate this, but whether real or imagined, it’s how I felt it looked). The slimming effect of the jacket naturally made me want to buy it, and so I took a glance at the price tag assuming its revelation would make me walk away. Though by no means cheap at $150, it was about $100 less than what I was expecting it to cost. I guess that planted a bug in me.
I went home and looked up the jacket online to see if I might find it cheaper somewhere else, but $150 seemed to be about the going rate. So I went back to J. Crew the next day and bought it. I think it’s the first item of clothing I’ve ever bought at full retail from J. Crew, and it’s certainly more than I’ve spent on a tech-y rain jacket before, but I really like it and am quite happy I made the purchase. Though the cognoscenti would no doubt disagree, I feel like this jacket is like a more affordable version of a nanamica. And while I can’t justify spending $600+ on a rain coat, I can just about do $150.