I have never proofed any of my Extreme gear, although I probably should. The only other manufacturers I would rate are Montane and Buffalo. I have Montane extreme smocks ,which have been good for work but have found the arm holes and wrist holes very restrictive.Also the pile lining and stitch work is not up to the standard of either Buffalo or Extreme.
I have a Buffalo active-lite which I think is excellent and wear beneath my Explorer if conditions are very cold. I also have the Belay jacket, which again is excellent,but I find the collar too short in very cold or windy situations, that don't require a hood.
The range of seasons that I would say the Explorer can be put to use are Autumn /Winter/Spring .Obviously the temperature has alot do with what you wear underneath it or on top. Mostly I wear a wicking T-shirt. If the temperature drops below 5 degrees or very windy I wear either a K2 Elite shirt or a Buffalo Active -lite underneath.If the temp. drops below freezing then I put a smock over the top.(the Extreme WED smock or ex-army smock ). If it is really cold I wear Keith's Extreme field smock with a pile lining and a wicking T-shirt, which is even better than the Buffalo mountain!
I will start with explorer. The first thing I noticed was how lightweight is was compared to other fleeces that I have worn.Secondly, after wearing it solidly for work and pleasure for a couple of seasons I realised how durable it is and well made it is. The pockets are superbly positioned for access when wearing a rucksack and so are the tactel reinforcements ,positioned on all the major wear points. Excellent movement in the arms . I have the hooded versions, which on cold mornings or windy situations is a real benefit. All in all, a superbly thought out light weight garment. Thats wind and rain resistant.
The K2 elite shirt , probably the garment I wear most days for work. It is made , as the name suggests, from durable K2 fleece with reinforcements on the elbow area.I climb in it every week, unless the weather is too hot. The high lift cut in the arms allows for excellent freedom of movement. The pockets position enable good access, as well ventilation, when using a harness.The scooped hem prevents "riding up" ,which can be problem when wearing certain harnesses. Again it is superbly made and durable.Wind and rain resistant.
I will try and write a bit more later about the field smock (my favourite) and the ocean jacket.
Hi Warhippo, I have pathfinders ,fieldsmocks, oceans jackets, k2 elite shirts, alpine light and a couple of explorers.I will post you some comments over the weekend when I get some time running late tonight and have an early start. The explorer is excellent by the way.
Extreme outdoor clothing is still up and running , although I recently spoke to Keith and it seems as though he is slowly winding down the buisness. So this may be the last chance to get a quality, made to measure, piece of British outdoor clothing.Over the years that I have used extreme outdoorclothing I have never been disappointed with the products that I have received.Keith has designed some fantastic bits of kit for all outdoor conditions. He use's only the best qualilty materials, K2 fleece, pertex 6 and tactel of numerous weights and colours.You only have to speak to him with your intended use and he will give you outstanding advice on what materials would best suit your requirements.I cannot recommend his clothing enough.Its made to measure, outstanding quality, totally practical and British designed and made. It will be a sad day for British manufacturing when extreme outdoor clothing eventually closes.
Extreme outdoor clothing run by Keith Howes is still running.Although I recently spoke to keith and he is slowly winding down the buisness. So if you want to get hold of a great piece of British manufactured kit then give him a ring . I cannot recommend his clothing enough,its made to measure, outstanding quality, totally practical and British designed and made.