BORN IN Southern California and honed in the volatile Indian summers of San Francisco, Wellen has grown into a brand that comfortably straddles the line between performance and sustainability—with boatloads of style, to boot. This combination is represented to a tee in one of Wellen’s top winter styles: the Big Wave Puffer. Pairing a vintage silhouette made popular in the 60s and 70s with a heavy helping of western flair and a touch of California surf, the Big Wave puffer reminds us of our favorite well-worn outerwear from days past — you’ll find similar styles made by the retro-reborn legends at Rocky Mountain Featherbed. While the coats from Rocky Mountain Featherbed come in at a staggering $850, the Wellen puffer is a much more palatable $228. Right now, though, you can pick up the puffer for $137, which is a whopping 40 percent off the retail price.
Earlier we mentioned Wellen’s commitment to sustainability. The puffer exemplifies that commitment, thanks to an outer shell and interior lining made from recycled materials and down-alternative recycled filling made from used plastic bottles. When it comes to styling, this coat is right at home on the coast, but could also easily find itself on Yellowstone’s Dutton ranch thanks to a western-inspired contrasting collar and yoke and snap button closure. (The jacket also zips shut for extra protection from the elements.)
Whether you’re surveying the surf on dawn patrol, saddling a horse in Wyoming or just trying to stay warm this winter, the Big Wave puffer is up to the task. Just be sure to shop soon, this won’t stay on sale forever.
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Will Porter is Gear Patrol’s Commerce Writer. He grew up in Northern California and now resides in Brooklyn. He loves a long bike ride, specialty coffee and finding vintage steals on eBay.
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