Russian Special Forces aren’t usually the first people to come to mind when you think “kinda splashy but still functional outerwear,” but you’ve never seen the fits on dudes—first day out—trying to turn up, after a stint in a Siberian Gulag.
You’ve probably never been to a Soviet work prison, but the ETD Spetsnaz is still a very official choice for Spring weather. The Spetsnaz is a mid length jacket with a mesh lining, treated with special space race era technology so they always look wet, which is ironic considering that they’re waterproof. The jackets have flap covered hand warmer pockets, which are great for keeping hands warm or stashing drinks on your person. There’s also arm pit zippers, which I’ve recently learned are referred to as “pit zips” in “the business.” To keep water out or heat in, the jacket also has an elastic waistband, a drawcord hood closure, and elastic/velcro cuffs. These are all key to comfort and feeling like you’re a commando every time you get dressed to go to the store. If you’re the type of cool guy that likes to smoke cigarettes in the rain, there’s also a waterproof MA-1 sleeve pocket, to keep your Newports in—assuming you’re into that kind of thing.