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View Poll Results: Which do you most prefer for rain/shell jackets?
Hand Pockets 11 84.62%
Chest Pockets 2 15.38%
Voters: 13. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
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Old 12-07-2014, 04:43 PM
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Rain Jacket / Coat and Pockets

Do you most prefer chest (napoleon) or hand (lower) pockets for rain/shell jackets/coats?

I have jackets that have chest pockets, hand pockets, and both.

I've found chest pockets to be handy for flat items and minor ventilation.

If I had to choose one or the other, I'd opt for hand pockets, because I don't like the bulky appearance* and interference with pack straps that loaded chest pockets could cause.

Reality

*I recall a photo in which I appear with some gloves in chest pockets and it gives the appearance that I have breasts (rather than my sculpted male pecs).
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