Making changes to outdoor mainstays can be a risky move. It can go very wrong very quickly, however, if done correctly with the right level of subtlety and respect then it can go extremely right, and the Sanpo Jacket from Japanese-based brand ENDS and MEANS is a prime example of the latter.
Clearly taking its main inspiration from the ever-popular and iconic mountain parka silhouette, this sandy khaki beauty is made in Japan and features a lot of the characteristics that instantly popped into your head; the 60/40 cotton/nylon construction, the snap button front closure (shielding the zip) all the way up to the chin, a peaked and articulated ample hood, two large flapped waist pockets with side entry for all your hand warming needs, and concealed inner pockets on both sides.
But all of that time-honored goodness is housed in an updated boxy cut that stops dead on the waist — a lot shorter than your typical mountain parka. This makes this ENDS and MEANS’ Sanpo easier to pair with higher-rise jeans and trousers, and easy to layer over knitwear, sweats, and even a denim trucker.
Available from Calculus for $424 while stocks last