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Great warm jacket but huge hood
on 17 April 2013
This is a well made and really warm jacket for low energy activities in very low temperatures. It has two hand warmer pockets with zip closures with pull tags for use with gloves, behind two large Velcro closed cargo pockets. At chest height there are another two zipped and tagged pockets which will take an OS map. There is another smaller Velcro closed pocket on the left sleeve (too small for a map). Inside there are another two pockets at chest level: a zipped one on the left, again not large enough for a map and another on the right which is open with elastication at the top, near the right hem there is a pocket of similar construction both of these unzipped pockets would take a set of snow goggles, or a bottle of water. There are concealed elastic draw cords at the hem and waist with spring toggles. They are not too easy to adjust and probably need to be set with the coat off.
The jacket has a chunky two way zip and stud closure to the overflap which avoids large area of sticky Velcro that can be a nuisance and yet also prevents wind getting through the zip, or exposing a cold spot. The cuffs have the usual Velcro adjuster on them but no elastication on the cuffs, which I like but you may not. The adjusters ensure you get a good draft free seal without the elastic. With the cuff loose, the absence of elastic means it will adequately cover your hand to keep the rain off.
The hood is huge; it will certainly take a climbing helmet. However there is no volume adjuster, so if no headgear is worn or just a skull cap, etc, it falls over your eyes very easily. The hood has an elasticated drawcord, but even with the neck fully closed, there is still a lot of your face exposed. The fur clips off with studs and the hood removes with a zip and studs.
The jacket is around four inches longer than most similar garments which, as it is not meant for active wear, is sensible. The size seems rather large for a coat which will probably not need too much underneath given it's warmth, so maybe you need a smaller size if you are not near the limit. I certainly had to go down one size
All in all a very well designed jacket and one of the few down waterproofs available on the market. It has plenty of pockets in the right places and is a practical design. Shame about the hood, which with a simple strap volume adjuster would be of more use. Never mind, it will definitely keep you warm and dry waiting for that photo opportunity, or in base camp, or watching the football on the terrace, or, well anything involving a lot of standing around.