Triple Aught Design (TAD) is a really unique brand. It’s products are grounded in a tactical, purposeful world. Function first and form second; the mantra of a company that seeks to create products and garments that last and perform.
As a brand that is quality- and detail-driven, we find their products to be very much in the true preppy ethos; built to last, perform an outdoorsy function, be unique, and meant to be used, not simply admired. So, while there isn’t a repp stripe in sight, the preppy DNA behind TAD’s Stealth Hoodie LT is front and center. It’s not meant to simply look tactical and rugged, it is tactical and rugged.
And, to us, that’s what actual classic style embodies; adopting something for day-to-day life that has inherent style but is purpose-built. Take a good look at old-school preps. They have stuff that really is old, re-purposed, beat-up, frayed around the edges, and not from a brand that makes stuff to just help you look like you are old money. They like things that work and that last, that are generally neutral in design and posses innate value and longevity. They don’t want 10 raincoats; they want maybe two. One that works well with a suit and is appropriate for the office and another one that can go from the boat to the trail to the grocery store.
This is the latter. The TAD Stealth Hoodie LT is built to last forever and has a wonderfully functional style that appeals to our pragmatic New England-ness. This lightweight version of the Stealth jacket is trim and no-nonsense in the design department and also has a ton of useful pockets in unusual yet perfectly sensible places.
Zippered underarm air vents allow for cooling and the chest pockets have integrated openings that allow you to snake your headphones up through the inside of your jacket, keeping cords out of the way and favorite podcast close at hand. Even the zippers have clever “hoods,” so when they are closed, no water or wind will slip inside.
To learn more about the many overbuilt and totally weatherproof details that make up the Stealth LT, take a look at the TAD website.