Bloody rain, spoiling our outdoor climbing fun. I’m still determined to go out though and the Wangie is in our sights. For this time of year water and wind proof items are a must, but you’ll be working so the likes of my Timberland Pro jacket is far too heavy.
CAMP offers us their Krypton Pro, this free fitting jacket is made of coated Sheltex which renders it wind proof and water resistant. The Krypton is very light at 150 odd grams and has a zippered chest pocket for keeping items handy. The best thing about this jacket in my opinion is the built in stuff sack, when it dries up (it will dry up just to spite you or get even heavier) you can just pack it away.
The CAMP Krypton Jacket comes in a variety of sizes and colours so to find the right one for you visit CAMP’s website.
Haglofs – Riot II Jacket
Range- Top End
Fabric: Performance 2 Layer Gore-Tex
Women’s version: Riot Q II Jacket
Why? Read On…
Haglofs Riot II Jacket Review
Our Favourite Bits
- Looks Great
- Not Restrictive
- Hood Stays Put
Waterproof jackets are very often the priciest bit of kit you are likely to buy during your lifetime in the hills. Outdoor enthusiasts no longer require hard shells to just be waterproof and more often than not, it’s the extra snazzy features that synch the deal.
The Scandinavians seem to have gotten it right with this jacket. This Riot II is the descendant of last season’s Riot jacket, which has not been changed in the slightest. Although I found the chest zips to be quite annoying, regularly catching the lining of the pockets, this jacket has proved itself to be one tough cookie.
Light scrambles or a long day on a hill whatever the weather, you will never find this jacket restrictive and uncomfortable. It’s pit zips enable quick ventilation for heated moments and there is more than enough room for head gear in its very adjustable friendly hood. As well as looking pretty cool on the crag, it doubles up as a smart, everyday street jacket. On a windy day, its hood will never fly back and catch you out- helmet or no helmet!
- Lining: Polyester mesh shoulders and plain polyester sleeves
- Waterproof and highly breathable to handle diverse weather conditions
- Critical areas are reinforced in a durable fabric with stretch for increased comfort
- Dual storm flap front closure
- Removable 3-way adjustable hood
- Watertight pit-zips for increased ventilation
- One laminated chest pocket
- Fleece-lined stand-alone collar
- Three inner mesh pockets, one zipped
- Single-hand adjustable hem
- Articulated sleeves
- Velcro adjustable cuffs
Great for: Maneuverability, breathability and toughness
Bad for: Side pocket zips catching on lining
Fitting: Will fit normal clothing sizing
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