Earlier this year I reviewed Everlane's original anorak and I loved it. It was probably one of my favorite pieces at the time and was super useful for a very rainy spring in the SF Bay Area. So when I saw that Everlane came out with another version of their anorak I knew I had to give it a try. Well the City Anorak is completely different from Everlane's original (and made in different factories as well). If you found Everlane's first anorak to be thin, flimsy, and not very waterproof then their new City Anorak was made for you.
The main difference between the two anoraks is that the city anorak is much much thicker and more heavy duty. And the thicker material seems more waterproof than the original (which is more like a thin nylon). Compared to the original anorak, the City Anorak would be something a fisherman could wear during a storm at sea or at least something that could handle any rain that comes your way.
Anyways here are all the differences that I could find between the 2 anoraks:
~ the City Anorak is a lot warmer (because of the thicker material)
~ the City Anorak there are 2 zippers so that you could partially unzip the bottom (the old one only had one), and the new anorak has sturdier zippers as well
~ because of the heavy material, you can't really cinch the waist of the city anorak like you can the old one even though it has the drawstring in the middle
~ the old anorak had a more interesting cut and overall design. The City Anorak is a much simpler shape
~ the old anorak navy blue is a duller/dustier color, while the new anorak in navy blue is a much brighter blue
So if you're looking for a heavy duty, sturdy raincoat then Everlane's City Anorak is the one for you. As for me, I actually prefer the older flimsier nylon version because it's a lot more lightweight to pack and it's a good layering piece for those California rainy/misty days. I don't really need a heavy duty rain coat in my life and I really don't need 2 Everlane anoraks.