With an insulated design and waterproof yet breathable components, the Timberland PRO Dry Shift Max Jacket offers reliable durability and protection in wet or snowy conditions.
Removable and adjustable hood
Insulated and fleece lined
Cordura-reinforced shoulder and arm panels
Too warm and bulky for normal (non-winter) conditions
ReBOTL (recycled polyester made with at least 50% recycled PET)
Yes (detachable and adjustable)
1.85lb / 0.84kg / 29.6oz
S, M, L, XL, XXL, 3XL, 4XL
The Timberland PRO Dry Shift Max Jacket stands out with a premium, solid build that offers superb protection in cold and wet conditions. It looks like a high-quality skiing/snowboarding jacket but also has performance features that are suitable for use in work settings. I appreciated the waterproof yet breathable lining that stopped liquid penetration and prevented sweat and heat build-up by allowing the moisture and excess warmth to dissipate quickly. The Cordura reinforcements on the arm and shoulder panels assured me that these extra-strong parts wouldn’t fray with heavy use. I appreciated the Thermolite insulation that kept me comfortably warm while working outdoors in winter, while the fleece lining added welcome softness from within the jacket. The hood is detachable and adjustable, so I was able to maximize its function while enjoying a personalized fit. However, this jacket offers heavy warmth, so it’s not ideal for normal weather conditions.
Thermolite insulation and fleece lining keep the jacket warm and comfy in cold environments.
The detachable hood can be adjusted and provide a personalized fit that doesn’t restrict visibility.
Cordura panels reinforce the shoulder and arms to increase their resistance against damage.
The solid construction offers remarkable durability, but since this is a very warm jacket, it’s not ideal for use in non-winter (normal temperature) conditions.
Wet and cold work conditions
Those who prefer very warm jackets that don’t weigh a lot
People who are after comfortable jackets with adjustable features
I was expecting the Timberland PRO Men’s Dry Shift Max Jacket to feel a bit uncomfortable because of the heavy warmth it delivers, but it turned out to be quite comfy. Although it’s a bit heavier and bulkier than most regular work jackets, I’m glad its insulation didn’t feel too weighty. I could still move around normally with the jacket because it didn’t drape too heavily around my body like other insulated jackets.
The jacket offered a remarkably comfortable experience while working in extremely cold conditions, thanks to the Thermolite insulation built into the structure. The insulation material delivered superior warmth that protected me from feeling the negative effects of the surroundings’ low temperature, allowing me to continue working on my tasks without feeling painfully cold inside the jacket.
Thankfully, the insulation material is lightweight and doesn’t make the jacket feel uncomfortably tight from the inside.
I loved the soft fleece lining that boosted the jacket’s warmth and significantly softened the interior. This softness made the jacket much more enjoyable to wear since the material didn’t rub painfully against my skin, no matter how much I moved throughout the day.
The fleece lining had the right thickness to add just enough warmth to the jacket without making it too tight and bulky when worn.
This jacket is serious about warding off the unwelcome chill, with yet another enhancement in the form of a thermo-reflective panel fitted across the back. This panel is designed to retain heat, providing long-lasting warmth that kept me working comfortably in low-temperature settings.
This jacket feels slightly heavier and bulkier than regular work jackets – but this isn’t surprising since the product is packed with features that other jackets don’t have. It can also be considered a snow jacket, which justifies the extra weight. Even if it’s weightier than other work jackets, I still appreciated this jacket because it offered reliable warmth and protection in cold and wet environments. The additional weight didn’t significantly affect comfort as I could still move normally and comfortably while using the jacket.
Fit and Sizing
I tried this jacket in a size medium. It’s true to size and had a loose fit, giving me the space I needed to move without feeling restricted. It was easy to personalize the jacket’s fit because of the adjustable parts, such as the hem, that can be tightened using the drawcord for a snugger feeling. Even the hood was adjustable with a drawcord, so I got protection against wetness and cold without the hood flapping awkwardly with every movement.
The jacket is built with an exclusive RainProof waterproof lining to block liquids from entering, allowing me to work in wet surroundings without getting soaked. In addition, the full-length zipper and storm flap prevented liquid penetration, while the extended sleeves and snow cuffs stopped wetness from getting in through the opening.
Aside from providing liquid resistance, the RainProof lining is also breathable and allows the air to circulate.
I’m glad the interior didn’t become hot, even when I worked and moved around for hours. This breathable lining also disperses the moisture, preventing sweat from building up inside the jacket for a comfortably dry experience – which doesn’t compromise heat retention.
Quality and Durability
I like the Timberland PRO Men’s Dry Shift Max Jacket’s exceptionally well-built design, as it offers great functionality and aesthetics.
It looked more like a premium snowboarding/skiing jacket than a conventional work jacket but had the required qualities for wet or snowy work settings. I got the dark gray version, but more people would prefer the black one as it’s more suitable for work and is versatile enough to match other outfits. I also have some issues: the light gray portions will become dirtier (and harder to clean) compared to the black colorway.
The waterproof RainProof membrane saved me from getting soaked in the rain, stopping wetness from seeping in no matter how long I was exposed to extreme moisture sources. I loved that this waterproof lining was also breathable, making the jacket even more convenient. In addition, the lining kept the interior nicely ventilated as the air was allowed to circulate, preventing the jacket from becoming unbearably warm. The breathable membrane also helped maintain a comfortably dry feeling by moisture dispersion, while a thermo-reflective panel at the back helped sustain much-needed warmth.
I’m impressed with the Thermolite insulation (featuring 30% recycled materials) because it retained comfortable warmth but didn’t make the jacket too bulky. Meanwhile, the fleece lining added a soft dimension and helped warm the interior further to ward off the unwelcome chill.
I also loved the internal storm cuffs as they prevented the cold air from getting in while keeping the sleeves from riding up my arms. Under the arms, zipped vents aid with temperature regulation and ventilation.
The ergonomically designed hood can be detached if required and comes with an adjuster, so it’s easy to achieve a comfortable, secure fit.
On the other hand, the hem is adjustable and can be set to the preferred fit for continuous comfort without sacrificing mobility.
This jacket is built with quite a few pockets, so I always had the space to stash the small items I needed for the day. Outside, two large cargo pockets fitted with magnetic closures offered enough storage space for items that need easy access while still being protected from wetness. Two chest pockets in the jacket’s exterior are built with waterproof zippers for storing lighter items that still need to be kept on hand. Inside, the two mesh pockets are roomy enough to secure personal belongings. In contrast, an internal zip pocket is designed to provide headphone access – perfect if you can’t go through the day without listening to music.
Cordura reinforcements on the arms and shoulders offer enhanced durability and resistance to abrasion and structural damage.
Given this jacket’s specs, I think it offers exceptional value for money as it has features often found only in premium ski jackets – which cost so much more.
However, as this jacket delivers heavy warmth, it’s not suitable for use in normal (non-winter) weather conditions where it can cause uncomfortable heat.
The Timberland PRO Men’s Dry Shift Max Jacket comes in two color options – black and gray (which features a combination of dark gray and light gray panels). It also comes in a lightweight version with WindRepel technology.
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Carhartt Men’s Loose Fit Firm Duck Insulated Flannel-Lined Active Jacket
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Conclusion & Verdict
The Timberland PRO Men’s Dry Shift Max Jacket is designed to bring superior warmth in cold and wet or snowy weather conditions. I appreciated the solid construction, with every component and detail included, with the goal of maximum functionality. The waterproof membrane blocks liquid penetration, making this jacket a protective companion when working in the rain or other wet environments. This lining is breathable and allows moisture and excess heat to escape quickly before they can result in uncomfortable warmth. Thermolite insulation keeps the structure warm without making it extremely bulky. I love the fleece lining as it enhanced the jacket’s warmth while adding a soft layer that protected my skin against chafing. The arms and shoulders are reinforced with Cordura panels to protect these high-stress components against premature damage. This jacket provides remarkable warmth, so it may be uncomfortable to use off-winter, in normal weather conditions when it’s not snowing.
What we like
Removable, adjustable hood
Insulated and fleece lined
Cordura reinforcement on shoulder and arms
What we don’t like
Too warm for non-winter use
Professions These Are Ideal For
Linemen, Farmers, Ranchers, Construction workers
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Luke is the lead author on WorkWear.org. He has a vast experience in construction engineering and project management in California and Texas, where he had the chance to put to test a wide range of safety boots and PPE. Outside work, Luke is an avid hiker and not surprisingly a DIY fanatic!