Mac in a sac. Cag in a bag. Jacket in a Packet. Coat in a tote? July 02 2014

It’s a handy, waterproof, packaway jacket.  But what do you call it? The answer to this question can yield a wide variety of answers!  Listening to our customer feedback and reviews it has been referred to as Pac a Mac or Cag in a Bag, and even Jacket in a Packet and a Coat in a Tote! You are an inventive bunch :-)

With so many different names, we thought we’d give you a brief breakdown of a few different types of rain jackets. 

Mackintosh Raincoat

The Mackintosh or raincoat can trace its roots back to 1823 when Mr. Charles Mackintosh patented the first ‘waterproof fabric’, and started selling this form of raincoats the very next year.  Essentially the Mackintosh was a rubberised or rubber-laminated coat, and despite having early setbacks like smelling bad, stiffness and melting in hot weather, went on to spread all over the UK.

Anorak Parka

The terms Anorak and Parka are perhaps used interchangably, but strickly speaking an Anorak is a waterproof, hooded, pull-over jacket without a front-opening. We have the Caribou Inuit to thank for its invention, and they were originally made from Seal Skin, as recently resurrected by Bear Grylls in this Discover Channel Episode of Man Vs Wild Seal Skin Wetsuit!


The Cagoule itself has a variety of spellings including cagoule, cagoul, kagoule or kagool.  This term refers to a lightweight, weatherproof and hooded raincoat.  Variants generally include a packaway version with a ½ zip.

Packaway Mac

As raincoats have been improved and developed, the lightweight breathable fabrics have allowed for the products to become increasingly versatile.  A small lightweight waterproof packable jacket sounds like a great idea! As our customer feedback shows, these types of products have been referred to as Pac a Mac, Cag in a Bag or even a Mac in a Bag.

The versatility of these products have meant that they are very well travelled!  Our Customers have told us that they have been used everywhere from the Inca Trail Walk to Disney Land Florida to, well, Bus Stops and Train Spotting!  

Best Performing Packaway in its Class - Mac in a Sac

Whether you call it an anorak, mackintosh or cagoule, or perhaps a Pac a Mac, Cag in a Bag or Mac in a Bag - We know that if you have a Mac in a Sac, you have the Best Performing Packaway in its Class.  We offer a lightweight, waterproof, breathable and packaway range of products.  We’ve tested our Mac in a Sac range to 5000mm for waterproofing, and 5000gsm for breathability, and offer a great range of colours to suit everyone!  


Get ready for Summer with 20% OFF! June 20 2014

The sun is out and the barbeque is burning... yep, it's the beginning of summer! And with that, comes the packing of the suitcase for your big summer get-away.

This weekend we thought we would give you all a special treat to celebrate. We're offering you 20% OFF our entire range for the whole weekend! Just enter GETREADY20 at the checkout to claim your discount. But hurry- the offer will expire on Monday at 12 midnight.

Enjoy! And from everyone at Mac in a Sac- have a great holiday!

Mac in a Sac Classic vs. Mac in a Sac 2... What's the difference? June 19 2014

Our Mac in a Sac Jacket is one of the most popular products in our range. The Mac in a Sac 2 Packaway Jacket (pictured below) replaced the Classic Mac in a Sac in 2012 and we are often asked about the differences between the two designs and what makes the new version an 'upgrade'. Below we have included two diagrams of the front and back features of the new jacket and what makes it even better than it's predecessor.

Front features of the Mac in a Sac 2 Packaway Jacket

The overall fit of the Mac in a Sac 2 is more tailored than the previous design, while still allowing room for another layer underneath. The zip has been reversed, making it more windproof and streamlined. A three piece hood provides the ultimate protection from the wind and rain and easily packs away into the collar when the shower is over. The cuffs have been changed to elastic rather than tabs to provide the perfect fit instantly. There is also reflective branding on the side to make sure you are seen if you are out walking at night.


Back features of the Mac in a Sac 2 Packaway Jacket

The new Mac in a Sac has the same high level of performance as the old one. It has a waterproof rating of 5000mm and a breathability of 5000gsm. There is a reflective safety strip along the back vent to ensure you will be seen from all angles on dark evenings. This is a notable upgrade as the old Mac in a Sac had no reflective branding or piping at all. We have also included a drawcord at the curved hem. The curved hem will give longer length coverage at the back while the drawcord will allow you to reduce any cold drafts and make the jacket even more windproof.  

Sizing Guides: Hints & Tips June 05 2014

There is no doubt that buying online has taken off in a way no one ever could have expected when the internet was first launched. With just a few clicks, you can see the product, read some reviews, buy it and have it delivered right to your door the very next day. What a world we live in, eh?

But of course, with every silver lining, there is a grey cloud looming. How are you supposed to know which size to buy? Obviously you can’t try it on. And won’t it be really annoying to have to send it back if it doesn’t fit?

Here at Mac in a Sac we have made a special effort to make sure this doesn’t happen. Our size charts on each product page are a little different to what you might expect. We understand that everyone likes different things- some people prefer a more relaxed fit and others, a more fitted style. Keeping this in mind, we have included the measurements of the actual coat, as opposed to the measurements of the person who will wear it. This means you can measure the coat against one you already have and decide which size will offer the best fit for you with ease. These measurements can be located under the "Size Chart/Guide" tab on each product page. 

If you need a little extra help deciding which size will suit you best, we have included some sizing guides below which will give a more generic idea of our sizing.

Women's Sizing Chart 

Men's Sizing Chart

Children's Sizing Chart

The Khaki Poncho: New for Spring/Summer 2014 May 22 2014

This summer sees the introduction of a new colour in our Poncho. We've designed a poncho for the outdoors-man who enjoys recreational activities such as bird-watching and shooting. When the rain comes on, our new Khaki Poncho is quick and easy to throw on over the top of your clothes and is big enough to keep your backpack and anything else you are carrying underneath dry too. The colour is designed to ensure you remain unseen by the wildlife around you and are able to carry on through the storms.



Including a high level of waterproofing and breathability, snap adjustable side openings to create the perfect fit around you and your backpack, and the fact that it packs conveniently into it's own pocket, the Khaki Poncho has plenty of features to prove why it's the best choice. You can see the full list of features below:

  • Waterproof (5000mm)
  • Breathable (5000gsm)
  • Windproof
  • Fully taped seams
  • Integral, adjustable hood
  • Packs into front pouch pocket
  • Pouch doubles as emergency pillow
  • Snap adjustable side openings
  • Reflective piping
  • Cycle wrist strips

The Khaki Poncho is already proving to be popular so make sure you don't miss out! :)

Special Offers and Giveaways to Celebrate the Giro d’Italia in Belfast! May 07 2014

We’re very proud that Belfast, the home of our Mac in a Sac HQ, is to be the official host to the Giro d’Italia’s Big Start this weekend the 9th-11th May 2014. Local companies are celebrating all over Northern Ireland and we thought it was the perfect event to get involved with.

About the Giro d’Italia

The Giro d’Italia is one of the cycling world’s most elite and iconic events. It commands a huge worldwide audience of 775 million people, so naturally we are very excited to be involved with all of the buzz in Belfast surrounding the event. The start of the Giro d’Italia is rarely taken outside Italy but this year, Northern Ireland will host the Grande Partenza or ‘Big Start’ - a four day celebration (kicking off on Thursday night) of elite professional cycling with three competition stages visiting Belfast on Friday, the Causeway Coast on Saturday, and Armagh heading down towards Dublin on Sunday.

"On 8 May 2014 over 200 elite cyclists and entourage will descend on Northern Ireland in search of glory. Belfast will host a welcome celebration to remember!"

To give you a good idea of the routes the cyclists will be taking, we've included these three maps so you can see what will be happening each day...

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

How we're getting involved...

To celebrate this exciting event, we're giving away 5 of our Fuchsia Pink Mac in a Sacs! If you would like to enter for your chance to win one, you can do so via the little pop-up entry on our home page, or you can like and share our Facebook post (pictured below) and like our page to double your chances.


We're also offering a 15% discount off our entire range to all of our customers! Just enter 'GIRO15' at the checkout to claim your 15% off. Enjoy! :)

So have a fantastic weekend, get out there and make the most of the event! We're looking forward to it!

Product Spotlight: Unisex Travel Coat April 25 2014

If the Easter holidays have taught us anything, it’s that our lovely British weather can be extremely unpredictable at times. One minute you’re reaching for your sunglasses and the next minute it’s started raining! One way you can stay prepared at all times is to carry around our Mac in a Sac Unisex Travel Coat in your bag. Here’s why it’s perfect for the springtime showers...

New for our 2014 Spring/Summer Collection, our Unisex Travel Mac in a Sac is full length, meaning your legs will stay as dry as the rest of you when the rain comes on. This coat also packs away into its own pocket eliminating the possibility of losing the bag (you’d be surprised how many phone calls we get from poor souls looking for replacement bags after a windy day on the mountain). When packed away into the pocket, this super lightweight coat is small enough to fit comfortably into any rucksack or handbag.

Featuring fully taped seams, the Unisex Travel Coat is completely waterproof, windproof and breathable, so you will be kept comfortable while protected from the rain. This coat incorporates a two-way zip designed for added comfort whilst seated and a concealed hood that packs into the collar. Other little details like a removable waist belt and a snap buttoned shoulder covering keep this coat stylish as well as functional.

If you need a little more info, you can view the full list of features for this coat by clicking here.

Perfect for hill walking or covering up while out and about in the town or country, the Mac in a Sac Unisex Travel Coat has got you covered.

What's new for Mac in a Sac in Spring/Summer 2014? April 09 2014

To our delight, we have managed to make it through the winter to the glorious spring time and we couldn’t be happier to see the temperatures rising. Of course, with the dawning of a new season comes the dawning of a new collection and we are very excited to introduce you all to our newest editions for Spring/Summer 2014.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be bringing you blog posts to introduce our new products, and we even have an exciting competition to look forward to! This week, we’re starting with the new colour that has been added to our Mac in a Sac Classic: Caribbean Sea.

The Mac in a Sac Classic is the centrepiece of our collection. With its 5000mm waterproofing and 5000gsm breathability, fully taped seams and super lightweight ability to pack into a tiny bag that fits comfortably in your rucksack or handbag, its popularity comes as no surprise. The Classic is available in a total of ten colours so you are sure to find something that is right for you that promises to protect you from the unpredictable springtime elements.


  • Caribbean Sea
  • Fern Green
  • Bottle Green
  • Black
  • Navy
  • Orchid
  • Fuchsia
  • Canary Yellow
  • Royal Blue
  • True Red

In our next Product Spotlight blog post, we'll be discussing a brand new edition to our Collection: the Unisex Travel Coat. Be sure to check it out!

Mac in a Sac Sponsors TinyLife Operation Lipstick 2014 March 18 2014

We are delighted to be working with TinyLife, to sponsor their Operation Lipstick 2014 charity event this Saturday (22 March).  Operation Lipstick is a ladies only one day challenge, featuring Orienteering, Archery, Wall Climbing, Raft building and Raft Racing and most importantly lots of fun!  Our good friends over at Life Adventure Company will be organising the events at Castlewellen Forest Park.


Operation Lipstick 2011 Image


The aim of the event is to raise money to support TinyLife's research activities and support for families affected by premature births.  Every day in Northern Ireland 7 babies are born too soon, some will arrive as early as 24 weeks and weigh as little as 1lb!  TinyLife offers practical and emotional support to the parents of premature and sick babies in Northern Ireland. 


It's too late to enter a team for this years event, but you can still go along to support all the competitors!  The winning team will each receive one of our appropriately feminine, Mac in a Sac Elle Jackets.


Operation lipstick 2014

Date     Saturday 22 March 2014

Venue   BT31 9BU


We'd like to wish all the competitors a great days fun!  You can keep up to date with all of TinyLife's Charity work on their Facebook page.

Mac in a Sac at the Malaysian Rainforest Challenge February 12 2014

A few months ago we were asked to partner up with one of our retailers in Bulgaria, Extreme Sport, to support the Bulgarian team in The International Off-road Challenge of Malaysia - Rainforest Challenge 2013. This is one of the toughest and physically demanding races in the world. The challenge takes place in December which is Malaysia’s rainy season, so the conditions are particularly harsh, raining constantly and making the ground very muddy. Of course, we jumped at the chance to put our products to the ultimate test.

To give an idea of just how demanding the Challenge is, have a look at the 2013 Trailer of the event below:

We sent them off to compete in our Mac in a Sac 2 Packaway Jacket and our Mac in a Sac 2 Packaway Overtrousers.

Beginning on the 30th November and finishing on the 9th December, the team spent a prolonged period of time in extremely wet conditions. The rain, mud and humidity allowed the team to test the true quality of the equipment we had provided as sponsorship.

During the Challenge, the team tested the products with activities such as hiking through knee-deep mud and crossing fast flowing rivers. We were delighted to hear that our Mac in a Sac Jackets and Overtrousers did not disappoint with their performance. The Bulgarian participants were reportedly “the only riders who remained dry, despite the continuous rain” and upon completion of the challenge, the team praised the quality and durability of the products they had been wearing. They also commented on the breathability of the coats, saying that they managed to maintain the optimum temperature, despite the warm weather.

A few encouraging words from the team after their rainforest challenge experience: “For maximum protection choose waterproof, breathable and windproof clothing brand Mac in a Sac which stood the test of the Rainforest Challenge 2013.”

…but don’t just take their word for it! We invite you to test it out and see for yourself.

Have a look at the photos below to see what the team got up to during their time in the rainforest…

 * A huge thanks to the Bulgarian team for taking so many awesome photos for us! We hope you enjoyed the Challenge. We were absolutely thrilled to be supporting you through the trials of the rainforest.


Final Christmas Delivery dates December 17 2013

It's that time of the year again and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Mac in a Sac HQ with the Christmas Tree alight and the tin of Celebrations on the side. If you're a little disorganised this year and you're running late with your shopping- don't panic! There is still time to place an order with us and have it delivered on time for Christmas.

Our final dispatch date is the 20th December, so be sure to get your order in to us before Friday at 1pm and you'll be sweet.

Our normal delivery will resume on the 6th January, so please keep this mind if you are placing an order over the holidays and in the new year.

Last but certainly not least, we just wanted to say a warm word of thanks to all of our customers who have supported us this year. 2013 has been a great year and it would not have been possible without you!

So have a very Happy Christmas ladies and gents- we will see you in the new year!

Journey from John O'Groats to Lands End November 01 2013

Ever fancied taking a bike ride from the most northern point of Scotland to the most southern point of England? These guys have been there and have returned in one piece to tell the story! Chris, Julian and Andy cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End from Thursday 5th to Saturday 14th September 2013. They traveled just short of 1000 miles in 10 days in order to raise money for Help for Heroes. We donated three of our Active Lite Mac in a Sacs to help them along their way and support their cause. The journey is mapped out above to demonstrate the amazing length of the cycle.

The journey involved cycling around 100 miles each day in very testing weather conditions. Fortunately, through the rain and fog, the men remained highly visible to the other road users in our bright yellow, reflective Active Lite jackets. Thankfully, it didn't rain the entire time and they got to enjoy parts of the journey with some sunshine overhead.

Despite a few falling-off moments, sore knees, regular doses of pain killers and battling against the elements, all three men returned home safe and sound, very proud of their achievement and having raised a considerable amount of money for charity. You can see some photos of their journey below, and read more about it on their Facebook page: JOGLE H4H 2013.

Congratulations to Chris, Julian and Andy... fantastic effort!

Did you spot it? The Fuchsia Polka Dot Poncho on Emmerdale! October 16 2013

We were pleasantly surprised to see our Mac in a Sac Waterproof Poncho in Fuchsia Polka Dot keeping the cast of Emmerdale dry last night! The girls were keeping their spirits high in the bright poncho despite the teaming rain outside, as they headed off on a hen party. 

All of our ponchos are waterproof, breathable and windproof so are sure to keep the elements at bay on a rainy autumn day. The ponchos also feature fully taped seams, an integral adjustable hood and cycle wrist straps to keep it all in place while you're on your bike! It has reflective piping too to make sure you are seen by traffic while out in the dark evenings. The best part is that it packs down into it's own front pocket so you can easily carry it with you anywhere, or even use it as a pillow while camping. We also have a 2 year manufacturing guarantee so if anything should happen to your poncho during that time, we will happy send you a replacement!*

The poncho comes in six different prints/colours, so you are sure to find something to suit you. Whether you are going hiking, camping, to a festival or just out in the town when the rain is coming down, our Mac in a Sac Waterproof Poncho is perfect for you.

- Lucy



*Terms and conditions apply

Introducing the Mac in a Sac Strata... It's arrived! August 16 2013

15% Summer Sun Discount! July 11 2013


To make this beautiful weekend even better, we have decided to give our lovely customers a 15% discount on all items purchased from Friday the 12th July. But hurry, the offer expires on Sunday 14th July so you need to be quick! Just enter the discount code SUMMERSUN15 at the checkout.


Enjoy and have a great weekend! 


*All orders will be dispatched from Tuesday 16th July due to the bank holiday weekend.

Elle Floral Waterproof Jacket for Women - Product Spotlight April 23 2013

New to Mac in a Sac for 2013 is the Elle Waterproof Jacket - a floral print, ladies only packaway. Featuring our highly capable waterproof, breathable & windproof material, you can be sure of keeping dry in a downpour.

It packs down into its own floral print stuff sac, complete with a feminine ribbon tie (for extra style). This makes it easy to carry around with you, and it won't take up much room in a handbag.


Available in both Teal and Lavender Floral in sizes from 8-18. Enjoy Free UK Delivery and a 2 Year Guarantee!



Easter Deliveries March 28 2013

 Due to the Easter Bank Holidays all orders placed on Friday 29th March - Tuesday 2nd April will not be dispatched until Wednesday 3rd April, when our usual speedy service will resume.

Mac in a Sac HQ is open as normal on Good Friday to answer any calls or emails regarding your order.

We will be closed Easter Monday and Tuesday and will be back in the office on Wednesday 3rd April.

Enjoy the Easter break everyone!

Who Invented the Waterproof Coat? March 25 2013

We've all had the benefit of a sturdy waterproof jacket or coat over the years… But who do we have to thank for this creation?

In the early 1800's, people could only keep themselves dry by wearing oiled fabrics like cotton. They were heavy, water repellent and smelled pretty bad.
Charles MacIntoshIn 1823, Scotsman Charles MacIntosh (pictured) was granted a patent on the first 'waterproof' fabric. It was made by squeezing liquid rubber in between two pieces of fabric, then pressing them together.
This first range had it's unique problems though - when the weather heated up, the rubber would become sticky, and when it got cold it became too stiff.
The 1839 invention of Vulcanization by Charles Goodyear (of the tyres fame) changed the game. Vulcanized rubber rested temperature changes, and made 'Mackintosh' Coats a perfect rainwear solution.
Initially, it had success for horse riders, then became adopted for use in the British Army. More recently, The Mackintosh brand has been resurrected as a luxury raincoat manufacturer, and is hugely popular in Japan.
Our Mac in a Sac raincoats are manufactured with Polyester; these fabrics are both fully waterproof and breathable, as well as lightweight. Seam sealing ensures that no rain can seep in though stitching holes. 
Thanks Mr Charles MacIntosh for your creativity. We're in your debt.

The Camping Manifesto March 01 2013


Via Inspired Camping

Valentine? 10% off for Everybody February 14 2013


Enter the code: VALENTINE13 today for a lil' love.

For one day, you're either:

a.) Expecting a rose filled evening with luscious chocolates from the man / woman of your dreams.

b.) Trying to avoid all sightings of the colour red and staying away from restaurant windows.

Whatever your plan, we'll have you covered when it starts to rain on the way home...

15% Discount at Mac in a Sac this Weekend February 01 2013


Limited time offer

Ok, so for a lot of us, the skies might not be blue this weekend... To make things better, you can buy anything from the Mac in a Sac store this weekend (1st - 3rd February 2013) with 15% OFF and free UK delivery!


Hiking Etiquette February 01 2013


Do these

  • Stop every now and again - enjoy where you are
  • Explore new trails. Go on a path you haven't been on before
  • Take photos. Share them when you get home
  • Say hello to people you meet
  • Carry a first aid pack & survival bag
  • Respect the mountains

Don't do these

  • Leave rubbish or food scraps
  • Spend all your time listing to music, or on your phone!
  • Go to the toilet near camp, or a water supply.

Christmas Delivery Dates December 14 2012

It's starting to feel like Christmas at Mac in a Sac HQ - Chris Rea on the Radio and a couple of tins of sweets to hand… Dangerous.

Thanks for all your orders this year, and for the great feedback. If you're looking to get a Mac in time for Christmas, you better get a move on! The lovely people at Royal Mail will be picking up the last items from us on the 17th December.

PLUS, we've extended our return policy to 45 days, for all orders placed up to the 17th. That way you can be sure that there's no problem returning items if you're buying gifts.

Delivery will resume again on the 7th January.

Have a great Christmas & enjoy the weather, whatever it brings!

Outdoor Gift Ideas Roundup November 28 2012

When it comes to gift ideas for Christmas, you can be forgiven for getting a little overwhelmed at the choice available. The outdoor-lover in your household is a tricky one to buy for... 

We've taken the  hard work out of it for you with this handy compilation of gift ideas, sourced from the world's best outdoor gear blogs. To see more ideas from each of these sites, just click on the image.

We also compiled a handy Pinterest board as a little bonus too, so be sure to check that out.

1. GSI Personal Java Press - Via Gear Patrol

This two part coffee press won't take up too much space in your bag. Or stocking?
Tweet Gear Patrol's Blog here:  

2. Telepen - Via Gearweare

Super-handy little pen that's bound to come in handy.
Tweet Gear We Are's Reviews here:  

3. Climate Changer™ Dog Fleece - Via The GearCaster

Kit out your dog this christmas with a layer of warm fleece!
Tweet The Gear Caster's Gift Ideas Here:  

4. Oru Folding Kayak - Via Gear Patrol

Stores in a backpack? Amazing.
Tweet Gear Patrol's Blog here:  

5. Polar Bottle Ergo - Via Gear Guide

Keeps your drinking fluids chilled. No need to put any more plastic bottles in landfill either.
Tweet Gear Guide’s Blog here:  

6. The Wave Cave - Via Gear Patrol

Aside from the awesome name of this product, its very clever too. A tent that stores into a surf bag - this works for our next roadtrip.
Tweet Gear Patrol's Blog here:  

7. Tickcard - Via Gearweare

Designed for use on animals and humans, this credit-card tick removal could prevent Lyme Disease...
Tweet Gear We Are's Reviews here:  

8. Poc Fornix Helmet - Via The Gear Caster

With a background in mountain biking, POC have have put together this rather tasty looking and lightweight (420g) snow helmet. 
Tweet The Gear Caster's Gift Ideas Here:  

9. Heart Part - Via Cool Hunting


Spotted earlier in the year, this biodegradable eating utensil is perfect for camping. Comes in a pack of 10.
Tweet Cool Hunting's Gift Idea Here:  

10. Victorinox Sneakers Knife (we found this one)

The classic Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. Now in this limited edition version!