Original Moleskin Waistcoat

Traditional upland hunting requires a handsome moleskin waistcoat.


Cotton moleskin, a soft yet rugged shorn-pile fabric, holds up against brush and blunts the wind. Supple, comfortable, and quiet while hunting red grouse in the shadow of the Munros, Scotland's highest mountains. A design copied from the wardrobe of Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor. This upland hunting waistcoat has four welted pockets and adjustable back belt for a personalized fit. Moleskin upland hunting waistcoat in lovat. 100% cotton moleskin with 100% cotton lining. Washable.
Sizes: S(34-36), M(38-40), L(42-44), XL(46-48), XXL(50-52).


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 56 reviews


51 of 56 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Instant favourite! - 11/28/2013
    By: from Lancashire

    Very well made, comfortable and good looking. This is a real quality garment that I am sure will last and look good for many years to come. I wasn't sure whether to order Large or Medium size (I am 6 foot tall and weigh 13 stones) but settled on Medium after checking the actual dimensions with the online assistant. Perfect fit!

  • 5/5

    Nice and warm - 11/28/2013
    By: from Cumbria

    I got this product to keep my dodgy back warm it does a great job

  • 5/5

    Perfect - 11/7/2013
    By: from UK

    Wife & Daughter hate it but I love it - its extremely comfortable and nicely made - just right for taking the chill off.

  • 5/5

    By: from Lancashire

    Top marks for a fabulous product. The fit was perfect,the colour was magnificent/and the texture was ultra soft, and yet felt it was strong enough to last many years. An impressive piece of workmanship.

  • 4/5

    Orvis is like a box of chocolates... - 7/12/2013
    Top 1000 Contributor

    ...you never know what you're going to get... The first Uplander that I purchased was huge on me, although a XXL was advertised as being at it's largest fit, a 52" chest. This one was more like a 55" , but having ordered an exchange, I now know that this waistcoat is oversized to accommodate layers underneath. So, an XL arrived, but one side of the waistcoat at the front was slightly lower than the other side. At first I thought I was imagining it, but fastened up, there it was, annoyingly uneven. Once again I returned it after having spoken to a Customer Services advisor in order to explain the fault. The new one arrived very quickly, for which I am grateful, thank you Orvis. Aside from the initial hiccup with this product, it is a very nice quality waistcoat, suitably weighty and substantial in its thickness. I am looking forward to wearing it when the chill sets in once again! I have a 52" chest (not waist) and the XL is a comfortable fit, but the adjuster at the back has to be pulled in quite a bit. The rear hem also curls up a bit (I thought it was due to the way it was packed, but it is not the case), something I have read in other reviews. This was not apparent on the XXL one initially received. It may need to be adjusted in time, after regular wear. Overall I am pleased with the garment, but once again, there appears to be inconsistency in the quality standard of Orvis products that I have purchased so far, hence the title of this review. For the price, I would say the quality of each waistcoat should be identical from one garment to another. It is very frustrating receiving a product that one knows should be of great quality given the advertising, but having a feeling that I am about to be disappointed when I open the package, then experiencing a sense of relief when there are fewer than expected, or no flaws. Come on Orvis, sharpen up the quality control please, purchasing from you shouldn't be an ordeal.

  • 4/5

    good vest and comfortable - 5/2/2013
    By: from Louisville, KY

    Purchased for all around use vest - something i can work in out in the fields, hunt in, but clean up and wear around town or out to dinner. This vest is a winner for all of the above. Nice vest, made well, fits well, looks and feels good. A little pricey, but overall def worth it, seems like it'll last for years. I really like it, and my wife likes the look of it too.

  • 5/5

    Finest waistcoat - 4/30/2013
    By: from Suffolk, UK

    When this arrived I could tell by the weight alone that it was going to be a serious piece of clothing. Upon getting it out of the bag I could see that it was beautifully tailored. It is made of excellent cloth with all the right ‘bits' in the design. This waistcoat is to replace a worn out 25year old favourite and I know that it will do well.

  • 5/5

    great casual addition - 3/18/2013
    By: from Virginia

    This vest is a great addition under a sport jacket on a cool day. It allow you to go out without an overcoat but is not so warm that it becomes uncomfortalble when indoors. It has a warm neutral color that matches everything and offers lightweight insulation as well as a multitude of pockets. It adds considerable versitiltiy to any casual wardrobe.The fit is roomy so it can worn over a sweater of flannel shirt with jeans but still comforrtably fit under a suit or sport jacket for that more dressy occasion.

  • 5/5

    So good I bought it twice ! - 2/14/2013
    By: from Lincoln

    I bought one of these waistcoats some years ago and found it great for work. The full back keeps you warm without hindering your arms and the 4 pockets mean that there is space for a pipe, pocket watch pens etc. Unfortunately the first one is becoming a little tight. I would like to say it has shrunk but it is not the case, so I have treated myself to the next size up. It's a great piece of kit. I keep the new one for best, but I still wear the old one around the house and workshop as it has become on par with a favorite pair of old slippers. I have recently retired so Ithink the waistcoat will be great for summer flyfishing outings.

  • 4/5

    What's in a Name? - 1/31/2013
    By: from London

    What's in a name? (A comparative study of Orvis "Waistcoats".) I have recently received one Original Moleskin Waistcoat and one Broken-in Moleskin Waistcoat. I decided to try them following my disappointment with having to return a Snake River Leather Waistcoat. The reason for returning it was that at XXL 50-52 it should have been a snug fit on me. However in was like donning a marquee; it was huge. Obviously intended to be worn over several thick layers of clothing. Even then it would be big. I had hoped to exchange it for an XL 46-48 but was told that there are no more of these items , of any size, in stock, and they would not be available again: Hence my disappointment. Well you can imagine, after deciding that yes I would spend £259 and then actually handling the beautifully made garment, only to have to send it back. So back to my current two purchases.. I bought them with a view to see which one I liked best, then return the other. Such a trap! Of course I fell in love with both of them, so here they will stay. They are both very well made and each has it's own distinctive feel. The Broken-in version is much darker than the display photograph gives one to expect, but I actually like it this way. The three panel back is a nice feature and is preferable to the single panel back of the Original Moleskin. A small gripe with the Broken-in item, is that the button holes are very tight over the buttons. I guess they will ease up in time but they could easily be right from the get-go. I stand at six foot two and the length of both products is perfect, just to my trouser waistband. However other dimensions are not what I was expecting. XXL 50-52 chest size, should have been snug on me; and indeed the Original Moleskin is just that, around the chest that is; the Broken-in version was more generously cut and would undoubtedly accommodate a 54 gentleman. However I can live with the relaxed fit, which gives me the option to wear it over really thick winter shirts. The unexpected dimension in both cases is the waist. The Broken-in version has no tapering to the cut and the other just a bare minimum. The result is with the adjustable belt fully relaxed a gentleman with a 54 chest and 54 waist could wear the Broken-in version, and a gentleman with a 52 chest and 50 waist could wear the Original Moleskin. I can only assume that Orvis's designers think that large chest sizes only exist on portly gentlemen. My problem is I measure up at 52 chest and 40 waist, so I have to really pull-in on the adjustable back-straps. As you can imagine, this leaves a deal of material gathered round the back, so some judicious ironing of a pleats is required to keep it in check. Perhaps the nice people at Orvis can in future include some mention of fit in all such garments? And please, please consider than some of us taper down from our chest size. I have just ordered a washed Tweed Dress Waistcoat and will be interested to see if the word "Dress" means it will have some taper to it? I also have my mind set on purchasing a Lambskin Munitions Waistcoat, next time my funds and impulses are in agreement. I just hope that by then they have not disappeared like the Snakes River garment. At this point I really need to say something to Mr. Orvis about the names and descriptions of this area of clothing. A waistcoat hangs down to the waist, plus or minus a bit. And traditionally it is a garment for wearing under a jacket, so one expects it to be cut for that purpose. It is also traditional for a waistcoat to have an adjustable back belt. Now the Lambskin Munitions Waistcoat hangs much lower than this, indeed it hangs at coat length. It has no adjustable rear belt and it is designed to be an outer garment, traditionally worn over a woollen pullover/sweater. The English have been wearing version of these for centuries, and they are not called waistcoats; they are Jerkins. This brings me back to my disappointment of the Snake River Waistcoat, could it be t

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