Last week, our team was over at Outdoor Friedrichshafen, one of the largest trade fairs for the outdoor sector in Friedrichshafen, Germany. We were very excited to be unveiling one of our new products for 2015: the Mac in a Sac Neon.
Designed to make you stand out when out doing a spot of late-evening walking (and keep you dry, of course!), the new Mac in a Sac Neon will be available in 4 vibrant neon colours: Pink, Yellow, Blue and Green.
As part of our Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, the new Mac in a Sac Neon will be set to hit stores in February/March time next year. We're excited to hear what you all think so be sure to drop us a comment on social media to let us know! :)
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 :-)
Mac in a sack. Cag in a bag. Jacket in a packet. Coat in a tote?— Ian Corbett (@ianronnie) June 17, 2014
With so many different names, we thought we’d give you a brief breakdown of a few different types of rain jackets.
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.
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 We have the Caribou Inuit to thank for its invention, and they were originally made from Seal Skin, as recently resurrected by Bear Grylls in this Discover Channel Episode of Man Vs Wild Seal Skin Wetsuit!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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
- 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! :)
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...
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
- 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.
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 Castlewellan Forest Park 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:
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
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.
*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.
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?
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
Hiking Etiquette February 01 2013
- 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!
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