Country Innovation Ventile Rover Jacket

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Price: £348.95 - £358.95
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  • Double Layer Ventile® - providing full waterproof/windproof/breathable protection
  • Articulated Underarm - allows the arm to be raised without restriction thus providing freedom of movement
  • Detachable Hood - with wired peak, volume adjuster, high front fastening and drawcord to pull in tight to the face
  • 8 Pockets - 2 chest pockets, 4 lower pockets, zippered security pocket and large inside pocket
  • Inner Zip - to zip in a seperate fleece jacket

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  • ASIN: B0082BOD2A
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 May 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,102 in Clothing (See Top 100 in Clothing)

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Country Innovation's Rover Jacket is made from a double layer of Ventile®, providing the ultimate outdoor jacket - perfect for hillwalking, birdwatching or other country pursuits. Ventile® is a 100% cotton fabric which was originally developed during World War II for fighter pilot suits due to its unique ability to repel wind and rain, yet at the same time being highly breathable and comfortable to wear. Being a natural fabric it is not reliant upon regular proofing to provide protection from the elements, and will outlast its manmade counterparts by many years.


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First, an admission. I bought my Rover direct from Country Innovation not Amazon but I buy quite a lot of other stuff from them so I'm sure they won't object if I share my impressions of this product.

I had a bit of a journey before finding this jacket. Looking for a replacement (or at least a supplement) to an ageing Berghaus aquafoil coat that's well over ten years old, I felt that I needed a change from synthetic technical clothing. Certainly man made fibres have their place and if I was shopping for kit to wear while hiking across the hills in foul weather and an ultra light waterproof was indicated, then I would give them serious consideration. For the moment I wanted something more traditional, in short a jacket that could stand up to the rigours of a British summer but would with a bit of layering serve through the winter quite happily as well.

My original requirement was fairly straightforward, a durable cotton or ripstop unlined (or at least uninsulated) windproof jacket with double ended zip, decent sized pockets, waist and hem drawstrings and either a roll away or detachable hood. This sounded a lot like my old Combat 95 smock except that in this case what I did not want was any sort of camouflage which proved to be a sticking point. In fact my perfect jacket based on this requirement would probably have been a 1960 pattern British army smock, the last type to be issued plain green but apart from a few eBay originals, no one seems to make a modern reproduction of this particular garment. I think that this is a bit of a missed opportunity since in my opinion it is far superior to the M65 which I find deficient in the pockets department (hence I discounted one of those quite early on) but for which you cannot move should you do a web search on "field jacket"!
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Size: Large
Amazing. Had it now for about 6 months it's seen it fair share of wet dry and cold weather and has held up well. Very strong material. I keep meaning to go out in a really really heavy rain storm to test it but I keep missing them. It is a lot of money but I have had many other materials and none come close to the " don't worry about it" aspect it doesn't rip or melt or fray I can go where ever without thinking twice. Although it not really a self cleaning jacket it really doesn't get dirty as in the next shower it gets a "wash" so I don't have too.
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Size: Medium Verified Purchase
Very comfortable with plenty of pockets and warm in cold weather and mostly waterproof but the contents of my pockets do get a bit wet if I am out in a downpour. On return home after a downpour, I have to empty my pockets and dry out my wallet, diary and glasses!
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Size: Large Verified Purchase
OK. Good quality and a tough garment, but do not believe the claims regarding Ventile.. It is far from perfect. 1. it is cold when it gets wet and gets heavy and you get a significant wind chill effect that you do not get with a conventional shell. It breathes quite well but no better than a mesh Gore-tex lines jacket and is a lot heavier. 2. It is not worth the money in my opinion and i would not do a 2 day hike in this jacket as you could be left with a heavy cold jacket at the end of the day.. Pretty good for hunting and dog walking, but not for serious mountain pursuits. I regret buying it at the price point,but always wanted to try Ventile. I wore it with an Icebreaker underneath for a week in Edinburgh - cold and wet weather and it was not as warm as a Keela or as waterproof as I had hoped. The hood is cold too..
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I was nervous about buying this coat because of the price. It is expensive. Or is it? the thing is I've had mine for almost 9 years and it's still going strong. The cuffs have a little bit of wear on them now but apart from that it still looks brand new, and I wear it for six months of the year at least.

The best part is the breath-ability. Its like air con for your skin, simply fresh. I call this my storm coat. Because when the storms hit (and we have major storms in Austria) there is no coat like it. It is almost a feat of engineering. I don't steam on the inside, no water gets in, no seams leak there is never any doubt about how it will perform.

The sleeves are nice and long, the hood deep, the pockets can fit a weekly food shop. It lovely against the skin. Yes after an hour of heavy rain it could theoretically get cold if its in contact with your skin but Gortex is also a cold membrane and honestly when the air is that cool i just have a fleece on anyway and then its no problem at all. Not rocket science really.

This is a great great coat for people who enjoy the outdoors.
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