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Stuff I Like – Platypus Polo Blazer from Platatac

If you’ve seen me around trade shows, I often wear a softshell sport coat I bought from Nau many years ago. As it’s getting a little long in the tooth, and Nau no longer makes it, I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement for some time. Earlier this year, I was speaking with my friend and Platatac founder, Ben Cox, during SOFIC, when he presented me with a Platypus Polo Tie. We talked about the Platypus Polo line and he mentioned that he was working on a Blazer. I told him I was in as I had been searching for a good travel Blazer to replace my old one for quite awhile. A few weeks ago, I received a parcel from Australia and in it was one of the first Platypus Polo Blazers off the line.

There are two things I like about it. First, is the generous cut, which leaves ample room for concealed carry, or layering. The second thing I like about the Platypus Polo Blazer is the material selection. It’s made from a DWR treated, 4-way stretch offering a high level of wind and water resistance while maintaining high breathability. That little bit of mechanical stretch is great when you’re doing more than just standing around and it doesn’t hold wrinkles when taken out of luggage, but rather looks great right after you put it on.

Platatac has released the Blazer and is offering two FREE Platypus ties, like the ones I have, for the first 20 Blazers sold.

-(DWR) Treated for water resistance
-Wind resistant
-Generous cut to allow for concealed carriage of firearms
-Notch style lapel
-Single vented
-Half lined interior
-Two interior pockets (1 zippered for passports and other important items, 1 with button closure)
-Shock cord loop for headphone routing
-Welted hand pockets with flap covering
-Single welt breast pocket
-Three non-kissing functional cuff buttons
-Softshell 4-way stretch DWR treated Nylon/Spandex blend

Offered in Navy Blue, sizes Small – XLarge in a generous cut.

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21 Responses to “Stuff I Like – Platypus Polo Blazer from Platatac”

  1. L.Washing says:


    All those assault shirts never actually mixed well with my suit-pant.

    On a serious note:
    There is a rather big faction in leo/sec/mil world that relies heavily on a daily suit(or formal dress code)
    I am missing all the fantastic innovation & crativity in this sector that I am so used from the industry!
    Good job platatac!!!

    And thank you SSD for highlighting such a product! Please moar!!!!!!

    • Invictus says:

      Ministry of Supply is what you’re looking for, my friend. Performance textiles in business dress. Stretch, breathability, gussets, these guys apply outdoor industry tech to business wear.

      No affiliation, just really appreciate that crew.

  2. Gerard says:

    This is a blazer for men who hate wearing anything remotely formal. It’s a future purchase

  3. Thulsa Doom says:

    And it looks from their size chart there’s a glimmer that the entire menswear world needn’t be stodgy nor Daniel Craig too-small-suit.

    Well done

  4. USMC ret says:

    Any US dealers/distributers?

  5. Tanner says:

    This sort of reminds me when Massif did a civilian clothing line. I grabbed a blazer on eBay thinking the same thing, but it was too “trendy” with a super narrow collar and very aggressively slanted hacking pockets and arms so long I had to take them to a tailor to have shortened from the shoulder instead the hand (because some genius thought functional buttons were a must on the sleeve). The interior pockets and everything were spot on, they just tried too hard and came up with the Pontiac Aztec of blazers.

  6. Tanner says:

    So is a small closer to a 38R jacket?

    • DeW says:

      Small measurements:
      Chest: 44″ (22″ across)
      Sleeve: 25″
      Length (Assuming BoC): 30″
      Waist: 41″ (20.5″ across)

      Seems more like a 40R to me, but we don’t know the critical shoulder measurement. Functioning cuff buttons = more expensive to tailor. If you’re under 5’10”, don’t even think about this blazer unless you want to spend $$$ getting it tailored.

      • Tanner says:

        I’m 6’0 and a 38R. I agree on your shoulder measurement comment, if it doesn’t fit there, there’s nothing a tailor can do. I don’t know why functional buttons are such a thing now that we have to fake like its bespoke or MTM.

    • Joe says:

      Yeah, SSD hook us up with some sizing details so we can buy them out of product.

  7. Softshell blazer.. did not see that coming. Might pair nicely with some L5 lowers in Navy from Beyond.

    Ideal for all those smart occasions set outdoors.

  8. Bruce says:

    Been in the market for a soft / hard shell blazer for a while. Something water and wrinkle resistant.

    Everything I have seen so far has missed the mark, including Arc’teryx’s recent offerings (early designs may have been better, but their Veilance line is getting more and more ridiculous looking and non functional in the fit department).

    Measurements seem a little off here, which is too bad. Would like to see someone come out swinging with some good offerings, and in more colors (gray, black, etc.).

  9. Bloke says:

    That seems beyond “generous” cut… Love the concept, just not the size chart. It seems to me like a medium should be a medium – and if you need bigger, actually size up. The other way around makes it really hard to size properly especially for formal(ish) apparel.

  10. Tanner says:

    I received my jacket, observations:
    -I am 6’0 170 and generally wear a 38-40R. I ordered a Small. The jacket fits reasonable well in the shoulders and the proportions are right (not cartoonish short or trendy lapels).
    -The Sleeves are CRAZY long (I am usually a 34 sleeve and these are like 38). There are functional button holes that are strangely spaced very far apart. Functional button holes means no alterations, but I think I could go from 3xbuttons on the sleeve to only 2x and make it work. Even on rain coats and top coats where the sleeves are longer these are absurdly long.
    -Why no locker loop inside the collar? Seems like a strange omission, especially for an inclement weather jacket.
    -Had to hit it with some wrinkle release inside and out, will see if it wrinkles easily during a day’s wear, prob just from the shipping.
    -Excellent shade of navy blue.
    -Pockets are solid, like the kind you can actually use without fear of wearing through (like on normal sportcoats)
    -The ties were a nice addition, but a little quirky

    Overall, this seems like a great jacket for light inclement wear, where you might be business casual (+) headed to the office and you don’t want a full rain jacket. Even when carrying concealed, I would still size a FULL size down so you don’t look like a knucklehead (except for those that carry an MP5/MP7). The material of this jacket is solid enough that its drape will not easily print Still a great price for the jacket, if you are looking for something like the TAD blazer or Arcteryx Valience or Private White VC stuff but want something that is classic and not “fashion forward” that will wear for years. Even with a few $ at the tailor to fix the sleeves its still a great value.