Top Jacket if you know its uses
Having suffered from soaking myself in a jacket on several occasions and my lightweight north face jacket eventually falling to pieces i decided to try something completely different. Having looked at goretex and goretex pro for a similar price I went for this despite the expensive cost. Here's why it was worth it.
Well featured, lots of pockets adjustment cords and well thoiught out design ventalation zips etc.
Looks good, colour is bright but not in your face.
Nikwax analogy technology. okay so i was somewhat of a sceptic with the claim it was the most comfortable but was prone to leaking in extended rested use which lest face it no one wants while up a hill or mountain.
anyway long story short. it works!!
went out and did 4 wainwrights in misty to raining conditions roughly about 7 hour out. rained for about 2 and all i had underneath was a merino baselayer that would have kept me warm but it would have been noticablr if it got wet. when i got down and went to a cafe took the jacket off and i was bone dry and had been comfortable all day.
i tech wash it after a couple of heavy uses and its right as rain ( no pun intended)
if your looking to an alternative to goretex and don't mind the cost this is really the product to look at and the extra features compared to the other jackets were the reason i bought this particular one.
Pros if looked after should last for 10 years plus
more comfortable in use than membrane jackets
thicker so more insulation
dosent rustle like tracing paper
price quite a lot even for what it is
weight and pack size, its not a small packing jacket and weighs more than any membrane jacket and if packed up will take a lot of space in a bag. more of a autumn spring winter jacket for the uk.