Pentagon Gen V2.0 3-in-1 Parka

Made up of two jackets a water repellent outer shell and a warm padded inner liner blouson, the Pentagon Gen V 2.0 Parka provides an excellent solution for even the most demanding cold weather outdoor tasks.

The outer shell is Storm|Tex laminated and fitted with a two-way YKK main zipper, concealed storm hood, multiple zipped pockets and a supreme mesh ventilation system. Combined with the fully detachable warm and padded liner blouson, this parka allows for efficient air circulation and offers excellent protections against the elements. The Gen V 2.0 3-in-1 Parka from Pentagon is great for hiking, backpacking and everyday outdoor use, as well as fishing and hunting.

Pentagon specializes in the field of design and manufacture of clothing, footwear and accessories for Military, Security and Police Units. With that history of field testing, Pentagon products work well for those with a passion for outdoors adventure. Pentagon supplies high quality products and servicing to the armed forces of NATO.

Disclosure: Military 1st contacted me to try one of their products. They recommended the Pentagon Gen V2.0 3-in-1 Parka. It was provided at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to complete this review after trying the item. I was not pressured in any way to make a positive endorsement.

 

Feature Set

 

This versatile 3-in-1 parka is made up of two jackets attached by zippers and internal loops with press studs. The outer shell is water repellent and breathable, while the warm and lightweight padded inner blouson is lined with fleece. Both parts can be worn separately or together depending on weather conditions.

The shell is laminated with water-resistant 8000m Storm|Tex and has a 5000mm breathable membrane. A two-way YKK main zipper with pull tab and chin guard keeps it secure, while a Velcro fastened double storm flap with additional snap button at the bottom keeps out moisture.

The storm hood is concealed in the collar, and is Velcro secured, foldable and adjustable. The collar is lined with super fine fleece to protect your neck against the elements.

Two concealed chest pockets with zippers are useful for stowing wallets or knit hats. Two large zipped hand pockets offer fleece lining for added warmth. A small left wrist zipped pocket with inner elastic loops is ideal for keys, and a right side inner chest pocket with a rubberized headphone port and zip closure will keep your cell phone dry and secure. More about pockets later.

The bottom hem has elastic cords and quick-locks to offer an individual fit. A vent slot with mesh on the upper back aids with moisture evaporation, and two-way zipped underarm ventilation with insect repellent helps make the jacket breathable when it’s raining but not too cold. The cuffs are elasticated with Velcro adjusters.

The inner blouson is lined with super fine fleece and padded for extra warmth. Two zipped hand pockets with inner fleece lining are available, as is an elastic hem on the cuffs. The outer material of both the shell and the blouson is 100% Nylon.

 

 

Jeff sports the Pentagon Gen V2.0 Parka at High Falls in Dupont State Recreational Forest

 

Sizing

 

Take a look at this sizing chart to help you determine what works best for you.

Sizing chart for the Pentagon Gen V2.0 Parka

 

I have found myself between medium and large the last couple years. The sizing chart above helped me order a medium parka. When it arrived, that was the perfect size for me. The shoulders are square, the sleeve length just right, the core area not too tight or too loose, and the tail right at the bottom of my buttocks.

 

What Did I Think?

 

I was extremely pleased right off the bat with the perfect fit. It’s no fun being between sizes like I am. It seems when I get the correct core size, then the sleeves are too long. Or if I order smaller length sleeves then it is too tight around my chest. Both the blouson and the shell were ideal for me.

This is an extremely warm jacket, especially when you combine both parts together. The day I was out with it as seen in the photos, the air temperature was mid-thirties degrees Fahrenheit. I was very comfortable to start, then after a few miles of hiking, I unzipped the ventilation under the arms for more air. Just the outer shell would have been plenty enough. I believe the combination of both jackets would be comfortable down into the teens at least.

I wore the outer shell by itself out in the rain several times over a two week period. On all occasions, the water did not penetrate the membrane and I remained completely dry underneath. The hood also kept my head dry. The blouson is not water resistant, so don’t attempt to use it as a rain jacket.

I mentioned pockets above. I really, really like pockets in a jacket. The hand pockets in both the shell and the blouson are large and roomy, great for a pair of gloves, as well as your clinched fists. The outer chest pockets not so much. There is barely room for a knit cap or ear band.

My biggest complaint about this parka is the lack of inner pockets. The pocket inside the shell is useless for much more than a cell phone, and that’s the only one. There are none at all in the blouson. I love to be able to stuff “things” into inside pockets when I’m hiking. Perhaps a camera, flashlight or compass, maybe my map or even a sandwich. Not easily done with this Pentagon parka.

I would have preferred the black color, but the olive green is ok too. I would only use this parka during the winter season, so the green acts as a camouflage against the rhododendron leaves and evergreens. Always a good idea to wear my blaze orange vest over top during hunting season.

All in all, I believe the Pentagon Gen V2.0 3-in-1 Parka to be an excellent product. It is very warm, water resistant, quite comfortable, and affordable. The manufacturer has paid close attention to detail with things like the stowable hood, the under-arm ventilation and the adjustable cuffs. It isn’t splashed with large, bright logos plastered all over. I offer a polite golf clap to the designers. Well done.

 

This look at the back side of the Pentagon Gen V2.0 Parka is at Lake Imaging, DuPont State Recreational Forest

 

How to Get One

 

The Pentagon Gen V 2.0 Parka comes in black, olive green, and penta camo and in sizes XS through 3XL. Check for availability before ordering. The parka has a very reasonable MSRP of US$141.95. You can purchase one from Military 1st at their website.

As I gain more experience using the Pentagon parka I will be sure to return here to offer more thoughts to help you make your own decision about whether to purchase. For example, I will report on durability after a couple years. In the meantime, I recommend this product.

Here are a few more photos of my day at DuPont State Recreational Forest:

 

 

Disclosure: Military 1st contacted me to try one of their products. They recommended the Pentagon Gen V2.0 3-in-1 Parka. It was provided at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to complete this review after trying the item. I was not pressured in any way to make a positive endorsement.

 

This post was created by Jeff Clark. Please feel free to use the sharing icons below, or add your thoughts to the comments. Pack it in, pack it out. Preserve the past. Respect other hikers. Let nature prevail. Leave no trace.

 

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