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Gun Street Girl: Sean Duffy 4 (Detective Sean Duffy 4)
Gun Street Girl: Sean Duffy 4 (Detective Sean Duffy 4)
by Adrian McKinty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant in every way, 26 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is my first experience of an Adrian McKinty novel, and it won't be my last. I loved it from the first chapter and I was actually sorry to finish the last one. This is one of those increasingly rare books that you read not because you've got nothing better to do, but in spite of having more important things to do. A book that you think about when you're not reading it, for nothing but good reasons. A story that amuses, disturbs, grips, provokes and intrigues.

Covering a week or two in November and early December 1985, it is fronted by Detective Inspector Sean Duffy of the RUC, who is single, Catholic and in his mid-thirties. He drinks a lot, smokes a lot, does all the stuff that so many soon-to-be-burnt-out cops do in so many crime fiction series, and yet.....he manages to be just that little bit different. It's probably his transparency that appeals so much, the fact that he's not super-smart and needs the help of his colleagues - even the youngest of them - in trying to solve a baffling murder. In what is, I suppose, the "fourth in a trilogy", a wealthy couple are shot dead in their home and the body of their son is soon found at the bottom of a one-hundred foot cliff not far away. Everything points to the dead son, for there are are no other suspects or motives.

The character of Sean Duffy is simple yet engaging, well-drawn in that clever show-don't-tell way that only natural writers are capable of, and the writing style is at all times easy on the eye yet full of subtle picture-building that masterfully draws images of faces and places in the eye of the reader's mind such that the troubled Northern Ireland of the mid-1980s becomes very much part of the character of the tale itself, especially with regard to socialising and what today we call networking. For several of the early chapters some of this socialising is laugh-out-loud funny, and that's a rare thing for me in the world of crime fiction. At times I was reminded of such successful writers as Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride and I couldn't help thinking "This is how it should be done".

When the investigation gets more serious, however, a large part of the early humour dies away - perhaps understandably - and I for one missed it. While there are very few weak parts to the story, I do wish that wonderful humour had been sustained throughout. And I suppose I should mention that I do think there are too many references to the music that Duffy is listening to at any given moment. It seems churlish to criticise it though, because I enjoyed this very much and found it difficult to put down before the end.

It's the fourth in the series and I was a little apprehensive about this, especiially as some other reviewers felt it necessary or advisable to read the three preceding novels first. I got round this by flicking past the very few paragraphs that refer to characters in those novels, because I firmly intend to read all of them very soon. Having read "number four" first I can say with confidence that you CAN read it on its own and enjoy it immensely, in fact you can read it and never buy a Sean Duffy novel again. I have a feeling that you'd be missing out though. Adrian McKinty has real and rare talent; yes he's profane at times so don't expect polite narrative and dialogue but I found it thoroughly entertaining and I'll be coming back for more of the same. This is a rare treat in a world of ordinariness.

Broken Dolls (Jefferson Winter)
Broken Dolls (Jefferson Winter)
by James Carol
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Yet another "meh" crime thriller that offers nothing new in any way, 21 Jan. 2015
Not much point in writing at length when there have already been 1,359 reviews of this book!

Quick summary : Former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter is temporarily recruited by Scotland Yard to help them find the person/people responsible for a series of abductions of women. Four have been released with permanent brain damage and a fifth has just gone missing.

James Carol, the author, was born in Scotland and lives in England. I mention this because the leading character in the novel is American but almost everything about him seems British. His language and verbal mannerisms very rarely give the reader the impression that this is an American in London; there's the (very) occasional use of such words as 'candy' or 'cellphone' but these may actually be the only two in the tale. Non-American crime writers such as R J Ellory, Lee Child and John Connolly have consistently done a far better job of convincing readers that their lead characters are from the USA.

As for Broken Dolls, I am astonished and actually saddened that 1,266 people have said that they either love it or like it. It's not BAD, but it's so ordinary in every way that I can only wonder why people are so easily satisfied these days. The main man Jefferson Winter is utterly forgettable, and nothing he does lives up to the hype on the back cover that implies his IQ is not far off that of Da Vinci (which was over 200 apparently). His background suggests readers should expect an interesting and conflicted personality (his father having been a serial killer), but there's really nothing to either like or dislike. He's just a completely unremarkable person who I would have thought most readers will find difficult to engage with. And he's the only character worthy of a mention really; his sidekicks DI Mark Hatcher and DS Sophie Templeton are little more than cardboard cut-outs whose every word is built around Winter's supposedly overpowering personality - they make Scotland Yard look like a bunch of amateurs. The bad guy is ill-defined and a mish-mash of at least a dozen psychopaths from film and fiction over the past fifty years, indeed I was thinking of the film Psycho at least 100 pages before the author had the good grace to mention it himself.

Do not be mis-led by the huge number of positive votes. This is not a very good story at all, the characters are plain vanilla and the writing style has no style at all. I have another book by the same author - "Watch Me" - and I have a feeling this will be collecting dust on my 'to-be-read' shelf for a good while yet.

BLACK+DECKER 21.6V Hand Vac + Floor Extension with ORA Technology, White
BLACK+DECKER 21.6V Hand Vac + Floor Extension with ORA Technology, White
Price: £149.99

4.0 out of 5 stars At last - no cables, 18 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a very good handheld rechargeable 'dustbuster' type of vacuum cleaner. It's not too heavy at 4.4kg (a little less when the detachable extension tube is taken off), it's an efficient machine in terms of suction power and recharging it takes 4 hours or less. Of course its obvious attraction is the complete absence of power cables in use, particularly of benefit when vacuuming stairs, awkward places and frankly anywhere at all - it's just better to have no power cables, end of story.

It has to be regarded, however, as something of a back-up to a main vacuum cleaner because when dealing with the most familiar and regular targets of all - the living room carpets and every other wide open floor around the house - it can be found wanting. I would guess that it's better suited to wooden or laminate flooring as opposed to thick carpet. It's not so much that it can't cope, it's more a case of it taking more time. So in our household we're continuing to use an upright Bissell for the mainstream work, but for all those quick, one-off jobs in smaller areas the Hand Vac is actually the better choice. It's also great to be able to just carry it outside to vaccuum the car interior with no trailing cables and extensions.

At the end of the day its motor suction power is only average and this does dip a little under pressure owing to the battery power, but it holds its own and its USP of complete portability makes up for any shortfalls elsewhere. It's also convenient to store, as it comes with a mounting bracket (takes a couple of minutes to fit) so freeing up floor space when not in use - and of course this is when it can be recharged too. It won't replace the more traditional vacuum cleaner for most people (although it could be the only one for some people's needs) rather it creates something of a niche for itself and has made me quickly accept that it makes sense to have two vacuum cleaners that can be used for slightly different tasks. I like it.

Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Tracker & Sleep Wristband
Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Tracker & Sleep Wristband
Price: £98.39 - £234.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Charge of the Fitbit brigade, 9 Jan. 2015
The Fitbit Charge replaces the Fitbit Force, although that was never released in the UK, and is an improvement in that it includes automatic sleep tracking and call notification. The buckle has also been re-designed and is less likely to come apart while you're on the move. The sleep tracker shows you when you fell asleep, gives you a breakdown of deep and light sleep and tells you when you woke up (although I think most people know when they wake up without one of these). It's an activity tracker that displays a range of fitness statistics on your wrist, and with the Charge you don't have to look to a smartphone app to see how you're doing in reaching your fitness goals and targets. Call notification means you get a buzz (literally, that is) when someone calls or texts you, handy if your phone can't be heard for whatever reason - and in theory means you'll miss fewer calls even if you can't actually communicate using the Charge on its own.

The Charge measures steps taken, distance covered, calories burned and flights of stairs climbed, and the built-in stop-watch enables you to measure how strenuous a given activity has been for you. Although this device can't measure different kinds of activities (unlike some of its competitors), you can use a new feature in the app called Mobile Run to track walking, running and hiking stats. Unlike the forthcoming Charge HR, it doesn't monitor your heart-rate - so you might be able to guess what the HR stands for. Not surprisingly the app displayed on phones and tablets (etc) is much more informative and more flexible than the display on the Charge face itself. If you want to you can enter the food and drink that you consume each day and track your weight changes using the wifi scales. The battery lasts over a week in between charges, probably 9 days on average. The Charge isn't fully waterproof although the manufacturer says it's okay to use it in the rain or under a shower - just don't immerse it in water.

With a display such as the Charge has, it has an appeal that gives it a lead over some rivals and although it doesn't measure the heart-rate, it's still a potentially motivational tool when used with the excellent app and online dashboard to help you get fitter and feel better.

The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller 5)
The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller 5)
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Glory Days, 6 Jan. 2015
In the fifth novel based on 'Lincoln Lawyer' Mickey Haller, an escort girl is murdered, her pimp arrested and charged with the killing, and Haller is tasked with defending the accused.

Told in the first-person throughout, this is a solid and satisfying read with a tense and unpredictable courtroom finale. Haller is a good draw for the crime fiction reader, and there is an excellent supporting cast of characters to engage with one way or another. The writing style is of a high standard as you would expect from one of the most successful authors in this genre who has been at or near the top of the tree for over two decades. The one slightly weird element was the mention of how The Lincoln Lawyer (the first book in the series) was made into a film. This is arrogance on Connelly's part and a mistake that could lose him some fans I reckon. It's no secret that he went through years of wanting to break through into the Hollywood scene (in much the same way as peers such as John Grisham, James Patterson and James Ellroy) and although he has finally made it, he really doesn't need to make it a part of his fictional tales.

Anyway Gods of Guilt is still a very worthwhile read, most fans of courtroom drama will like this one.

The Defence
The Defence
by Steve Cavanagh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pacey and promising opening but fades away into mediocrity, 24 Dec. 2014
This review is from: The Defence (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A hustler turned defence lawyer is blackmailed into representing a Russian mafia kingpin in a murder trial.

A lot of credibility has to be put on hold here, and sadly that applies to some of the courtroom drama too, because the tricks that Eddie Flynn uses to break down the testimonies of the prosecution's stronger witnesses are rather weak and contrived. I like courtroom-related crime fiction and I have to say that this element of the tale is not its strongest point.

Which doesn't leave much else. I liked the way it gets off to a pacey and eventful start which gave me the impression that this was going to be full of thrills and suspense, but the early promise gradually faded away and by about half-way through I was beginning to care less and less what the outcome would be; it wasn't so much that it was predictable, rather it was a problem in being a rather single-layered story with little outside of the central character of Eddie Flynn to maintain reader interest. And Flynn is a character not always easy to like or at least relate to. I would have preferred him to be either a top hustler or a top lawyer, instead what we get is a slightly confusing mixture of quite-good variants of both. His connections with another (non-Russian) organised crime gang bring his integrity into question - although he is a defence lawyer I suppose - the net result being a slightly confusing mixture of two characters and a less dynamic front-man than might otherwise have been the case. Two of his most trusted friends are a highly respected judge and a crime boss.

I wouldn't call it stereotypical crime fare, what I would call it is a tale that is rather too far-fetched for my liking with a mediocre lead character who has few if any interesting people among the supporting cast to compensate for his weaknesses. The quality of the writing is fair-to-middling and overall I can only rate it is 'okay'. For the record, I much prefer Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller and several of the stand-alone courtroom dramas from John Grisham.

Mr. Goodlad Worker Complete, 15 Kg
Mr. Goodlad Worker Complete, 15 Kg
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A kibble that gets regularly kibbled, 24 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This product has gone down very well with our six-year-old cocker spaniel, and it is always eaten relatively quickly. That said, there isn't a lot of variety of types or flavours for the dog to eat, and it has a high fat content at 10%. This may want you to consider mixing it with another type of dry food, to keep your dog healthier.

However if you're merely concerned for your dog to eat, then this meaty product is ideal, however it does have a rather strong smell which can be off-putting. Apart from this, it is a very good product, and can last several weeks or even months, depending on the size of your dog.

Accurist Men's Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue - Digital Display and Gold Stainless Steel Plated Bracelet MB1030B
Accurist Men's Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue - Digital Display and Gold Stainless Steel Plated Bracelet MB1030B
Price: £350.00

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Watch for those lightning deals, 11 Dec. 2014
1 star for the RRP, at least 4 stars for the watch. My 'review' is all about the price.

This handsome and desirable Accurist watch was first made available on Amazon on 1st August 2013. The general view of buyers and owners is that it is a very good timepiece and an attractive one too.

I think potential buyers deserve to be made aware of how the price of this watch has risen and fallen so that they can "time" their purchase to their optimum benefit.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of the MB1030B is and possibly always has been £350.

Amazon reviewer T G Parris said in December 2013 "A VERY IMPRESSIVE WATCH FOR THE MONEY WITH 70% OFF" - c. £105

Amazon reviewer Michael said in December 2013 "This watch is brilliant and I only paid a quarter of the RRP) - c. £88

Amazon reviewer Woody said in January 2014 "I bought this watch here on Amazon with 74% off the original retail price" - c. £91

Amazon reviewer Chris Stevens said in January 2014 "A week ago this watch was advertised on Amazon for £91.82. Today it's a penny off £150"

The above reviewers all made Verified Purchases via Amazon.

This watch featured among the many Lightning Deals on Amazon at 4pm on 11th December 2014. In the hours leading up to the time when the deal price was revealed, the price on the MB1030B product page was £350. At 4pm the Lightning Deal price was displayed as £95.98 (73% off). This is actually HIGHER than some people paid nearly one year earlier.

I believe to get this watch for under £100 you would be getting a good deal, indeed. But don't be deceived by the "73% off" promotions, because that seems to have been the typical discount in both December 2013 and December 2014 - probably in several other months in between, too.

So this is definitely a watch to snap up in a Lightning Deal, and at the price (typically 73% off the RRP) it's great value and gets 4 stars from me.

Sony Xperia E3 4G UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Black
Sony Xperia E3 4G UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Black
Offered by mobile phone island
Price: £119.99

39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable value, 10 Dec. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Quick Summary :-

4G for up to 5 times internet speed
5MP Camera
4.5 inch screen
Android KitKat 4.4
1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core 400 Processor
8 hours 40 minutes talk time

In our family we have been using the Sony Xperia J for two years and the M for one year. I wanted to know how the E3 rates against those two. Quite simply, it's miles better, with a lightning-fast Quad-core processor and a built-in LTE/4G modem. This enables superb Internet connections with much faster download and upload speeds than 3G.

The Xperia E3 4G is superior in almost every way compared to the M and the J. Not only does it replace the feeble and basically awful Xperia E, it also replaces the E2 which as far as I know never made production (at least not in the UK) - the E3 is a giant leap forwards compared to the E, and its predecessors M and J. The screen's a little bigger (4.5" as opposed to 4.0"), its nearly a year newer having been released in September 2014, it has a better processor and of course it's 4G. Sony also reckon it can last up to two days thanks to its 2,330mAh battery and STAMINA mode option. This could become a stand-out feature in a market where entry-level smartphones can barely make it through a single day.

The sides mimic the latest Xperia looks with rounded edges and rubbery corners that are there to absorb impacts should you drop the phone. The sides are simply matte plastic with a nice grip that enhances the feel, and handling the E3 is a pleasure thanks to those matte surfaces all round. This phone feels sturdy and solid, not fragile and bruise-prone. Smudges and fingerprints can be an issue on the front glass panel however.

The right side is where you'll find the volume control and the power button. Adjusting the volume is a little tricky as the rocker is rather shallow and doesn't give out much feedback. The power button, on the other hand, is great and responsive (unlike the Xperia J which was really poor in this respect). There is no physical camera button, instead you use the volume buttons to capture but there's no half press for focus lock. I guess you can't have everything at this price. The left side of the Xperia E3 hosts only the micro-USB port.

The back panel is removable but only to allow access to the micro SIM and microSD card slots. The battery is still sealed-in so you can't swap it for another one. The SIM compartment handles microSIM cards and I found it very hard to remove the card. The 5MP camera lens is on the top left of the Xperia E3's back. Alongside it there is a single LED flash and the second, noise-reducing microphone. There's an NFC indicator on the back showing where the point of contact is. The main speaker is placed at the very bottom of the back panel, which isn't ideal because the E3's back is very flat, making the speaker easy to muffle when you put the phone face up on a table.

One of the E3's main selling points is its battery life, which managed to go on a charge for 75 hours or just over 3 days of use based on an hour of talking, an hour of web browsing and an hour of video watching per day. This means Sony's claim of 2 days is well justified as the Xperia E3 should last for 48 hours even if you use it fairly heavily (and particularly if you don't watch lots of video, which turned out to be its weak spot).

Another weak-ish spot is the storage capacity of 4GB, which quickly gets used up. It may be necessary to delete some little-used apps. But it's now a cheap phone and complaints seem undeserved.

So -

It's well made and feels good in the hand
No headphones included (plenty of space in the box for them though)
The display is bright but not razor sharp
Battery life is probably the best in its class if not a class or two above
Internet connectivity is excellent thanks to the LTE modem
Internal 4 gig hard-drive is quickly used up (Needs to be 8GB). External SD card helps solve that, mostly
The multimedia package is good, but the video codec support isn't so hot
Images and video a little disappointing for quality, lacking sharpness
At the price in December 2014, it's very hard to beat for value

This is as good a PAYG phone as you'll find, for value. On contract this phone would cost about £312 over 2 years (based on the best deal I could find in Dec 2014) which means that buying the phone SIM-free and unlocked leaves the equivalent of £9.70 a month for a PAYG SIM to represent exact-same cost. So if you can keep your PAYG costs below that level, you're going to be better off. And of course you have the major bonus of not being tied in to a contract. They say time waits for no man, but two years can seem like a decade when you have a contract phone.

If the so-so picture quality is an issue, have a look at the best Nokias but of course expect a much higher price. The equivalent Samsung Galaxy (of which we have one in our household) isn't any better but it's currently pricier. I wanted to give this phone a 5-star rating but in the end the camera doesn't rate better than just above average so 4 stars overall seems right and fair - I definitely like it a lot. In the end the Xperia E3 is all about value, and if it's an Amazon Lightning Deal or Deal of the Day - under £80 in my case - then I'm sure there's nothing better for the price.


***SOME KEY DIFFERENCES between the E3, M and J***

Operating system in the E3 : Android v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Operating system in the M : Android 4.1
Operating system in the J : Android 4.0, 4.1.2

Dimensions - E3 : 137.1 x 69.4 x 8.5 mm (5.40 x 2.73 x 0.33 in)
Dimensions - M : 124 x 62 x 9.3 mm
Dimensions - J : 124.3 x 61.2 x 9.2 mm

Screen size - E3 : 4.5 inches (480 x 854 pixels (~218 ppi pixel density)
Screen size - M : 4.0 inches
Screen size - J : 4.0 inches

Weight - E3 : 5.08 oz (144 g)
Weight - M : 4.06 oz (115 g)
Weight - J : 4.37 oz (124 g)

Features of E3 : Accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass
Features of M : Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
Features of J : Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Battery Talk time - E3 : 8.7 hours
Battery Talk time - M : 10.30 hours
Battery Talk time - J : 05.60 hours

Stand-by time - E3 : 27.5 days (661 hours) - the average is 20 days
Stand-by time - M : 20.8 days (498 hours)
Stand-by time - J : 25.3 days (607 hours)

Music playback : 49.00 hours (E3) - 39.40 hours (M) - 39.40 hours (J)
Video playback : 7.50 hours in HD (E3) - 6.58 hours (M) - 8.50 hours (J)

System chip - E3 : Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
System chip - M : Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227
System chip - J : Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A

Processor - - E3 : Quad core, 1.2 GHz, ARM Cortex-A7
Processor - - M : Dual core, 1000 MHz, Krait
Processor - - J : Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5

System memory - - - E3: 1Gb RAM
System memory - - - M : 1024 MB RAM
System memory - - - J : 512 MB RAM

Camera - E3 : 5 megapixels (2592 х 1944 pixels) with LED FLASH
Camera - M : 5 megapixels with LED flash
Camera - J : 5 megapixels with LED flash

Camera features - E3 : Geo-tagging, touch-focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Camera features - M : Auto focus, Touch to focus, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama
Camera features - J : Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Self-timer

Camcorder - E3 : 1080p@30fps,
Camcorder - M : 1280x720 (720p HD)
Camcorder - J : 640x480 (VGA)
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Ultrasport Men's Luca Winter Jacket - Black, Medium
Ultrasport Men's Luca Winter Jacket - Black, Medium
Offered by Ultra24Shop
Price: £79.95

5.0 out of 5 stars This will keep you warm and dry when the going gets cold, 6 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
After a slightly so-so recent experience with another product from Ultrasport, this has immediately left a totally positive impression on everyone in the family. Quite simply, we all like it.

I'm always a little sceptical about buying clothes online mainly because - of course - it's not possible to try them on first, to see how they fit. One company's medium is another one's large, and so on. In this case it's officially a medium but I'd say it's quite generously so; I'm an XXL but not only did I manage to get it on quickly and easily, but I managed to do the zip right up to the top. Now, I still looked a bit daft as it was clearly too tight but I feel sure that anyone who is L (large) would have no problems with this - that's two sizes down from me. If I was XL (which I sometimes am, for some products) I'd still find it too tight, not surprisingly. As for the more important question of how this medium-sized winter jacket fits a medium sized person, I must say that it's slightly on the big side but not too much. Two other family members - one medium and the other small to medium - tried it on and it was absolutely fine - plenty of spare room but not so much that you'd need a different size altogether. So in the size department it does, in the end, meet the medium need and certainly won't be pinching anywhere. There are numerous draw-strings both inside and out to help find the best fit.

Regarding pockets, it's good on the outside but a little short-changed on the inside. Outside there are four pockets covered with Velcro-type flaps, two vertically positioned on each front facing side. One of the upper pockets has a zip enabling the wearer to insert something smallish such as a wallet, a small phone or maybe the house/car keys. There are no pockets on the arms. Inside though it's a surprise as much as anything to find that there is just the one pocket, and even then it's just a section of stretchy netting that seems designed for a mobile phone - and probably best that only a small to medium sized phone at that. The longest/largest phones could slip out, although of course any sized phone would be very secure in any of the external pockets, perhaps more so the two lower ones.

Putting the jacket on it feels snug and warm immediately. It has been worn outside in early December and the temperatures have been close to zero but everything's cosy inside this jacket. The cuffs have a nice stretchy covering for part or even all of the hands (depending how long your arms are) and this is a welcome added means of keeping the cold out. Finally there's the mock-fur lined hood which is fully detachable but again in cold biting winds keeps the ears and most of the head very well protected. This jacket scores maximum points in this respect, which is of course its main objective - to keep you dry and warm. The manufacturer claims that it is breathable, waterproof and windproof and I have no reason to question any of those descriptions.

In terms of style it's possibly a little bland but not in such a way that I'd ever be embarrassed to wear it (if I was the right size, that is). We have a vaguely similar jacket from Superdry which does seem a little more stylish but the differences are small and insignificant.

Overall I think this jacket deserves a 5-star rating although I should add that at the time this review was submitted its price was completely unknown to me. As a result I cannot comment on its value for money. That aside, it's a well-made, comfortable and thoroughly insulated jacket that seems totally up to the task of keeping the cold winter winds and other wet elements at bay.

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