THE CROSS COUNTRY JACKET
Track has the track jacket, so why doesn’t cross country have one of its own? Sure, traditional track jackets are cool, but they can’t handle the cold. To give cross country the jacket it deserves, we elevated the silhouette for cross conditions in a modern merino fabrication with simple trims and functional details.
WOOL IS FOR WINNERS
Wet and weary after a hard cross country effort, we reach for layers that are comfortable, but can handle our post-race sweat and temperature swings on the cool down. The material we chose for the Doyle Cross Jacket is a Danish blend of soft merino wool and two synthetic fibers. This innovative textile development improves on the original track jacket with its insulating and quick-drying properties. The merino wicks moisture, regulates temperature and resists odor. Acrylic yarns increase durability while nylon adds structure and prevents sagging.
While we made improvement to the materials, we still wanted to retain a few classic details – like contrasting piping, ribbed cotton cuffs and a ‘stand up’ collar – that ensure the jacket’s structural and aesthetic integrity. Zipper pockets keep personal items safely stowed. Like all the best track classics, the Doyle is versatile and ready for sweat: wear it to cool down or to the bar for post-race beers.
TEACH ME HOW
As New Englanders we pride ourselves on thriving in tough winter conditions, but Scandinavians put our hardiness to shame. In order to survive long, cold and dark days, they’ve embraced cosiness as an art form. In Denmark the name for this obsession is “hygge” and applies to the feeling of contentment born of being nestled and snug. So where better to source a fabric for winter warmth? The rugged yet elegant Doyle Cross Jacket looks right at home beside the course at Franklin Park or at kaffebar in Copenhagen after a Sunday long run.
RACE THEN DOYLE’S
The inspiration for the Doyle Jacket came from our favorite post-cross country racing tradition. The Mayor’s Cup takes place every October at Boston’s iconic Franklin Park. We race hard then decamp to another local institution - Doyle’s - for burgers and beers. We wanted to create a jacket that would feel as appropriate on the cool down as it would in the wood paneled bar.