Back in 2007, I bought my Mackinaw used off of an auction website.  I will not mention the name, but it rhymes with fleabay. The coat was in like new condition but a tad bit too big. At this time I was six foot one and 260 lbs!!!! I was a big boy. So after I received my coat I took it to the dry cleaners, had it cleaned and taken in a bit. Now it fit perfect! I wore this coat everywhere! It kept me so warm! I must say I looked very good in this thing!!! So after winter I put it away till next winter. In the mean time I decided it was time to lose some weight. Not thinking about the impact this might have on my beloved coat, I went on a strict diet and exercise plan. By the very next winter I was down to 180lbs!!! This was great! All except one big problem, my coat was still a little on the big side before, now it was way too big!! I took it back to the cleaners and asked to have it taken in again. They said there was no way unless we did some serous alterations. Even then they didn’t think it would be right, there was just too much to take off. So I decided I would just get a new one. I passed my favorite coat I have ever worn off to a friend in need and decided I would just buy another one. Well it turns out the size I need now is very popular and sells on that same auction website for almost the price of a new one! Life keeps getting in the way and I just can’t seem to get the money together to get a new one. I know my story is not amazing enough to win, but I thought I would share anyway!  Someday I will own another one for sure, and all is not lost. My friend still wears that coat every year so at least it lives on and someone else is happy with it! Share your own memories about your Filson Mackinaw Cruiser. We want to hear who wore it, where it’s been and how it performed for you. You can include photos or not. If you just want to send a photo, that’s OK, too. We will go through all the stories and select the best. The winner will receive a free new Mackinaw Cruiser. Click here to enter.