When I received the packet at the post office I was surprised how light and small it was for what is a proper shell jacket. I was lucky enough to be able to test it quite a bit as we are experiencing a lot of rain lately and I must admit that I’m impressed. It does what it says, it is water and wind proof, and it is comfortable. The comfort is mostly due to the overall light weight, breathable fabric and the comfortable fit. I was immediately impressed by the long sleeves, as I have long arms and it irritates me when jacket and shirt sleeves are not long enough.
The good features:
As mentioned, it is light, water proof, wind proof and breathable.
I’m quite impressed how breathable the material is. I walked around in it in sweltering heat and I didn’t feel like I was wearing a black plastic bag.
It’s not just the sleeves that are long enough, the trunk is also long enough, it goes down to below the buttocks which allows the water to run off (and not go down your legs).
The hood is well designed and the drawstrings have little sleeves that keep it out of your face. It also features a slightly stiffer visor and a Velcro strap at the back to adjust how low the visor sits on your noggin.
Pocket zips are sealed and there’s a little hood for the zipper. Nothing in my pockets got wet, so I reckon it works rather well.
* The main zip is not sealed like the pocket zips but it has a flap that covers it.
* Double zipper on the main zip.
* The 2 pockets are big enough and well positioned.
* There are draw string around the waist, personally I don’t know who would need something like that, but it is there.
* All the seams on the jacket are sealed.
* Dries very quickly.
* Made in South Africa.
* The logos are all reflective
The bad features:
I can’t find anything wrong with this shell, it really is well made. I can’t even find any minor stitching issues.
I couldn’t really test it in strong wind, since I am based in Pretoria and the wind does come up much at this time of year, but it is pretty obvious that it will handle wind well. How suitable it will be to use as an outer shell on BIG mountain expeditions, I don’t know? But I’m confident it will be able to handle anything our local SA weather can dish up.
As a last resort to wind test the jacket I hung out the car window while my buddy drove the car at 40-50 km/h. Although it’s not the same type of wind you get on a mountain, the results were good.
Available at: Cape Union Mart (this jacket can be purchased online)
Colours: Lime green and dark red
Manufacturers Technical Specifications:
- Lightweight shell jacket
- Shell fabrication: 100% nylon rip-stop 2.5 layer lamination with print (haggle-tooth print)
- Finish: W/R + W/P 10000 mm/m2, MVP 8000 g/m2/24 hours 77 g/m2
- Waterproof, windproof and vapour permeable (breathable)
- The garment is fully seam-sealed
- CF baffle and zip features a two-way slider
- Two hand pockets (water repellent zips with garages)
- Engineered arm articulation (at the elbow point)
- Integrated, adjustable hood with reinforced (bonded) visor
- Volume and visor control in the hood
- Adjustable hem (draw cord) and cuffs (Velcro)
- Reflective logos (for visibility at night)
- All the zips are made by YKK