unfortunately, I wouldn't feel I could trust karrimor stuff now. comparing two zipped baselayers from 'before' and 'after'...well, crane sports do better. Horrible 'trekking shirts' .have seen quite a few bad reports about footwear, though others think they're OK (for 'leisure use' anyway).
the rucksacks I've seen , bought & used are miles apart. the 'new stuff' is single stitching.if i was going to buy one, i'd look very carefully at the stitching, material & fit. Tried stuff in F&T & it felt odd. I'd take 'RRP' with a huge dose of salt!
Reference the previous post the pockets have a mesh lining rather than being constructed of two layers of event fabric as the previous post points out the "downside" of this design is that any water that gets past the water resist zip can enter the jacket rather than just the pocket. The upside is you do not have two layers of fabric across the front of the jacket cutting down the breathabilty of the fabric also the pockets, if left open, can in the absence of "pit zips" be used as a "venting" option. Karrimor are not the only Company using this design feature and it is commonplace in other company designs.
Which "style" you think is best is a personal choice that you need to weigh up along with other jacket features like weight, breathability, fabric, fit, design and length when chosing what jacket suits you best.
Not truly ideal with their positioning though. Would rather prefer some sort of storm flap to help a bit. No external one of course, but maybe there's an internal one?
Talking of storm flaps, is there even a proper one behind the main front zip? The picture in the article makes it look like its very small at best, which really isn't clever if so.
Reference the previous post the Storm Flap behind the main zip is 1.5 cm and it also has a "rain gutter" arrangement. However the top 15 cm of the zip has no "rain gutter" and is therefore wider at 2 cm. By way of comparison similar measurements on other jackets I have with exposed water resist zips and internal Storm Flap are as follows:
Montaine Halo Jacket 3 cm
Columbia Peak2Peak Jacket 2.5 cm
Rab Latock Alpine 3 cm
The two main pockets have no external or internal Storn Flap. The small top pocket on the chest also has no kind of storm flap but is made up of two layers of event fabric.
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