Karrimor in Japan
I just spent all my money on a new sleeping bag and pack so was looking for a bargain summer waterproof...
Everybody has been wandering if the new ALPINISTE EVENT is a bargain or a load of crap...well I bought one for £90 quid as curiosity was getting the better of me.
It arrived...I checked the stitching and seams...all as well finished as my Crux Flak (which I hate due to baggy shoulders and crazy tight waist). Ive been using it for a week now and its bloody brilliant...hood works very well and is unobtrusive...arms are cracking length and well cut...very comfortable.
I actually found myself trying to cover the Karrimor logo on my first outing...but now Im proud as punch.
My size small weighs 398 gms on our digital scales which are def accurate within 3 gms (tested). which seems very decent for a 3 layer EVENT garment.
So cant speak for their other new serious Uk offerings but I can tell you the Alpiniste Event jacket is not the crap they are now known for...but a very capable BARGAIN!!!
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Yeah...it kept me dry in about 2 - 2.5 hours of heavy rain shower.
Seriously I was really apprehensive...kept labels sitting ready to go back on for return...but it is a super jacket. Its actually really well cut...better fit than my Rab Latok Alpine (replacing as wrecked it on some nice sharp slate rock).
I know someone else who's just bought one, he set out on a 4 day trip today.
If i remember to get his thoughts on it i'll post them here.
Yeah do because I started doing a bit of googling after spotting them and found so many people asking about them but everbody seemed to be waiting for someone else to buy one and review it before they all took the plunge...
I am seriously suprised at how well it works for me...and I suppose at the end of the day the material is EVENT so the rest is down to construction...and it seems top notch...certainly as good as any of my Montane, Rab, Crux stuff. I was baffled by the hood at first as there appeared only 2 strings to pull to tighten hood and once pulled I couldnt get them to retract...at first I thought...oh no 'heres the first issue' but then realised the other wee adjusters are hidden inside the material...you just press them to release...they are hidden whereas on my other jackets are exposed. To be honest...hiding them inside the material has solved the annoyance of having that little loop of string perched at the side of each eye was really really annoying on my Rab.
But like everything else...its so personal...it may not work for others...but the quality is there for sure.
Im sort of thinking mine is going to become my 'go to' jacket too...due to the absolute cracking fit. I agree...the stitching and construction is spot on and of course the zips are YKK which are weel proven and pretty much industry standard. The Event is just that...Event!
just back from morning walk in miserable icy cold showers...dry as a bone...no water ingress around hood or zips...just a bloody good jacket!
Buy one folks...cover the Karrimor logo if you dont want to be seen in the brand...but tell you what...if they start making more like this then the future looks positive!
Order from the current online batch. Mine had no pin holes anywhere and local store had none either so maybe they have wised up.
Its an exceptional jacket...really is.
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Yeah...it kept me dry in about 2 - 2.5 hours of heavy rain shower.Seriously I was really apprehensive...kept labels sitting ready to go back on for return...but it is a super jacket. Its actually really well cut...better fit than my Rab Latok Alpine (replacing as wrecked it on some nice sharp slate rock).
Its the biggest surpise piece of kit Ive bought in the last few years (except my PHD minimus). Im tellin ya...if your after a really good Event jacket with an athletic cut and a nice arm length that is light yet well capable of prolonged pack use then you just wont find a better jacket...£90 online folks...dont buy instore at £99.99.
And you know...my wifes still pretty young and with it (25) and she reckons its the best looking jacket Ive bought in last few years...so thats always a winner!
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