Kind of a basic question, but before I make a purchase I thought I'd pick your brains for a bit...
I need to purchase a full patrol jacket with crosses for this season and have been pointed to Mountain Uniforms online as the best source. I'm considering between the mid-length Patrol Jacket and the Rescue Jacket with zip-off sleeves (converting it to rescue vest). I can read and see the basic differences in each, but I'd be interested in hearing your opinions of these two outerwear options before I make my decision.
My initial interest is in the Rescue Jacket simply because all the pockets can negate the need for a rescue pack (I patrol at a very small hill and need minimal gear compared to huge mountains or backcountry patrollers).
Yet the mid-length Patrol Jacket appeals to me because of the length and style (and a fanny pack may not be that big a deal).
Is the quality of construction or ease of use/movement similar in each option? Does it come down to personal preference, or is one option better than the other?
Thanks for your thoughts and advice.