Our lightest variant of the classic cruiser, the Seattle Wool Cruiser is a truly versatile, multi-season variant of the icon that’s been a cornerstone of the Filson product line for over a century.
Originally patented in 1914 as the Wool Cruising Shirt, C.C. Filson’s Cruiser was designed for foresters and timber cruisers in the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest forests. Offered as a pullover shirt as well as a button-front jacket, the Cruiser rapidly became one of the most-imitated jackets on the market. Since its versatile performance was also appreciated by hunters, Filson also introduced a red & black plaid version, which was one of the earliest high-visibility camouflage patterns. (Deer see in black & white, and the blocked pattern helps to break up a solid silhouette in the forest.) The Cruiser was instrumental in Filson products being adopted by the U.S. Forest service as early as the 1920s, and by the 1940’s, Filson was producing several variations of the Cruiser with custom designs and fabrications for the stewards of our public lands as official uniform attire.
Our limited-edition Seattle Wool Cruiser is an ideal fusion of the Cruiser’s multi-pocket functionality and the 3-season comfort of the 18-oz. wool used in our Jac-Shirts for 5 decades. This tightly-woven wool turns away the wind and insulates dry or wet, all with minimal bulk.