With the two large side pockets i've found the chest pocket fine, mobile phone and cash go in there for easy access.
I've yet to find any downsides to the jacket if i'm honest.
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was impressed with mine until a few weeks ago one of the velcro wrist fasteners stopped working and today one of the elastic hood tightening strings snapped as i was pulling it. could just be a fault jacket, but needless to say i'm not impressed. anyone else had these problems?
I've had the Alpiniste jacket for a few months now, and walked in some of the heaviest downpours of my short life. It hasn't leaked at all and I am yet to wash or re-proof it. I agree about the Fisher Price Hood strings which are pointless and tend to spring back and ping me in the face! The material feels fairly durable, and I will continue to wear it until my Alta II jacket is needed.
Parky Again wrote (see)
How does velcro just stop working? I'm confused. It's easily done.
I'm guessing it's the same "problem" mine has devoloped. Whilst it hasn't actually stopped working the velcro doesn't instantly grip and needs a little working side to side to mate up. It's a tiny hassle but no biggy. As for the hood draw strings, not a problem in my opinion, mine work fine.
ooh ta! i know what you mean.
(wanders off trying to think of when i last used the wrist fasteners on a jacket apart from skiing)
Thing is Parky, The arms on the jacket are rather long, So the velcro working is pretty important, Unless you're built like an orangutang that is.
OK checked this out today as I'm looking for a new jacket. I liked it was event BUT the cut of the jacket seemed wrong for me (I like Montane, if that's any guide). Also the zips were akward, gave up on them. The hood adjuster pulls were rubbish, good adjusters are essential (for me) in bad conditions. Cut was short, you'd need over-trousers as soon as you put the jacket on in rain.
Far better jackets on sale here in the classifieds IMHO. Just my opinion, feel free to ignore.
I didn't really like the main zip at first, there's a bit of a knack to getting it right due to the type of zip, It's very stiff, but up to now it has proved waterproof.
As for the fit, it's no Par*mo is it, but i do like it, very close fitting like my montane extreme, if you will.
This jacket is fantastic, it keeps you dry and is highly breathable for normal exertion (medium walking pace - average ground). I love this jacket its that simple and as far as I am aware its still a british company. I walked from sparta to thermopylae last a while ago and got caught in some terrible downpours and the jacket performed great. I've spent 6 years in the army and one of my mates on the walk has been in the royal marines and rmr (mountain leader) for 15 years - he loved the jacket - if a royal marine mountain leader says it's good then it must be good! It does my head in when people bang on about foreign kit, if your british try and buy british stuff. I like cycling as well, and while a lot of cyclists go on (again) about foreign kit - I've just got hold of a raleigh sp race road bike - it stunning and best of all it's british! I know karrimor have got their name on some pantrs stuff at the moment but hopefully they'll get a grip.
eVent fabric simply requires an iron (setting 2) to activarte the re-beading. I have several eVent coats/trousers. Wash regularly, then iron once dry, & it'll work like new.
Taped seams on 2 of my pockets have come away in a few places...quick invisible repair with aquasure and good as new. Not worried at all as taped seams always fail very quick on me...Rab, Montane, Berghaus, ME to name but a few. still going strong and worth every penny!
Ive had 1 seam fail on me, only about 11/2" and repaired as per WD above. I used it skiing at w/end and the hood will even fit a ski helmet, Im happier with the jacket now than when I bought it.
Had one of the welded pocket seems come away on mine yesterday, will take it back and see what they say.
Seams that should be, no bloody edit button still.
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