This basic garment is not so basic when it is made by us. We strive for quality and extreme durability in our cloaks. Our hood is articulated so it sits forward to the top of the head, but curves on the sides for better visibility. The hood also has a historically accurate tail at the back of the hood. On the body, the side seams are Felled seamed (like the outside seam on a pair of jeans) for durability and so they lay flat against the shoulder, also when it flares open you do not have unsightly serged seams exposed. And our metal clasps for neck closures have been proven to hold up to even the toughest customer.