I've placed my order and opted for the normal hood. I figured that as my halcon hood has coped admirably during two winters then this one should be good enough...now I need to decide between cascade, pajaro, velez or quito trousers!
Thanks to all the advice and opinions on this thread I've decided to go with my original plan which was a jacket with fully lined sleeves. Lindsay's comment of, "Not sure I would want to change anything about it," won me over!
However, after speaking to Cioch I still have one more question: I'm really happy with my halcon hood which is described as a "fully adjustable, roll-away hood with wired peak for excellent field of vision and fit." Based on this description, do I need the standard glamaig hood or the other hood?
Thanks Mole and Martin, each bit of extra information is making more and more sense.
I basically wanted something more all-year-round friendly than my halcon but I think maybe the glamaig smock with side zips, although definately cooler, would possibly just give me an alternative 3 season waterproof.
Somebody also pointed out to me yesterday that another drawback of a smock is taking it off when it's wet and that a drawback of a large kangaroo pocket is you end up with everything in one pocket which a) makes it saggy and b) makes it as much use as a woman's handbag...not much good if you're a bloke who's used to the compartmentalizing of pockets!
Maybe I'm better off with either a glamaig jacket, a velez light or...something completely different!
Thanks again for the extra information...it's starting to make more sense now re placement of pockets etc. I was previously picturing the smock as similar to the velez ( I think that's the one I've tried on). Maybe what I need is the glamaig smock but with a zipped top opening kangaroo pocket.
Mole, at over 700g, does that mean yours is the Marsco as the Glamaig is only around 500g and would therefore, presumably, not be as warm?
I know that the greater the number (or size) of pockets, the greater the weight but it's difficult to decide on the most efficient compromise.
Thanks Gneiss: I can't believe that spelling mistake...I'm a fussy primary school teacher so it's usually me tutting at the incorrect use of apostrophies by other members of staff! D'oh! I blame the fact that my wife was watching Midsumer in the background!
Back to the jacket/smock: your comments confirm what I'd been thinking with regards to the venting and as I run hot (I'm a hairy little hobbit) maybe the smock's what I'm after.
Lindsay and Martin: You've now got me wondering (or wandering for Gneiss) if I should opt for the fully lines sleeves and use it as an alternative all year round jacket. I'd originally thought of this but as I've recently worn my halcon (even in June as it's been so wet) with the sleeves up and not been bothered by the wet arms I was thinking I might need to rethink my "I don't want to get wet" attitude.
As you'll appreciate, I think the halcon is at the upper end of their coats weight-wise but I like it because of the pockets. I use it mainly for working and walking the dogs so find the pockets very handy as I prefer pockets to rucksacks.
Martin, are you saying that the regular glamaig smock looks just like the jacket but with a shorter zip whereas the photo on their website is an altered one? Also, is the kangaroo pocket a side opening tunnel (like the velez I think) or a top opener?