We review the Superdry Rookie military jacket - could this be the perfect festival jacket for men (and possibly women)?
Superdry Rookie Military Jacket
Good looking and practical, the Superdry Rookie has the makings of the perfect festival jacket
The Glastonbury Festival line-up was announced this week and with it the 2017 festival season begins to limber up. Preparations must be sorted, tickets paid for, travel arranged and – for seasoned festival goers – a decision made on that year’s festival jacket.
This is the loyal clothing companion that will be on your shoulders from Glasto in June, to Latitude in July, Green Man in August and – submerged in fancy dress – Bestival in September.
It will keep you warm, dry and looking cool through mud, rain, sunshine and moonlight. Your friends will learn to recognise it to spot you in the heaving mosh pit.
In years to come you will identify the year of the events by the festival jacket on show, whether it’s worn on your shoulders or tied loosely around your waist as you nod along to Supergrass with a cardboard pint in your hand.
Yes, the festival jacket is that important.
So when the new season Superdry Rookie jacket came into Shopomo for review, it immediately caught my attention. Could this be my 2017 festival apparel of choice?
It certainly looks the part. It’s a military style jacket made of lightweight cotton in NATO standard green. A tight fit accentuates the shape of the shoulders and pop-fastening epaulettes add a welcome touch of bellicose bling. If you’re fit enough there is lace strap inside you can use to draw attention to your slim waistline (I think I’ll be giving that a miss though).
Superdry touches include the logo on the breast pocket and a union flag with the mandatory Japanese script underneath (we assume it says something completely irrelevant and with questionable grammar, as usual).
There’s even some guerrilla marketing on the inside of the jacket with the words ‘The Rookie by Superdry’ emblazoned on the back in glossy superscript for absolutely no one to see. The Rookie ticks all the required style boxes, inside and out.
The festival jacket must have certain properties besides looking good, however. It has to be relatively lightweight – and the Superdry Rookie scores well here as it’s made lightweight cotton with minimal lining. At the same time it has to be warm enough to cope with the sudden drop in temperature when you’re out in the middle of a windswept field after sunset. Once again, the Rookie does well with a toastie tog rating and a collar that can be turned up against the wind.
Other essential uses for the festival jacket include being a makeshift rug for when you want to take the strain off your feet. Being the colour of grass means stains won’t be an issue and should mud be a factor, the Rookie is 100% machine washable.
The final missing piece in the festival jacket puzzle is pockets, lots of pockets. You’ll need them to keep all your onsite essentials ranging from water bottle to Zippo lighter to mobile phone and last, but no means least, your personal stash of toilet paper. The Rookie has 4 front outside pockets with popper fasteners and one inside pocket as well. That’s plenty of secure storage space for your gear.
Is there anything about the Rookie that disappoints? Well it’s not water proof but you can’t have everything. And anyway a foldaway kagoul should be part of every festival essential list for the inevitable downpour. The only other flaw is that the zip on the collar suggests that there is handy hidden hood inside, but no such luck. It’s purely cosmetic.
My initial instincts were right. The Superdry Rookie military jacket has the makings of the perfect festival jacket. It sails through all the practical tests while still retaining the desired amount of good looks and style. The thing is you can’t look like your trying too hard at a festival, style has to look effortless and cool. Like you just don’t care but still somehow manage to cut a dash.
The Superdry Rookie will be my constant companion through the upcoming festival season, and the true test will be how it copes with the onslaught of mud, sweat, mosh pits and frothy lager. But I’ve got a good feeling about this particular festival jacket. Bring it on…