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Montane Mens Pacplus Jacket RRP £220

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The cut is well thought-out, and the hood is a study in simple but effective hood design – no extra faff, but strong performance. You've experienced consistent -30C and felt the low of -40C, you're cold and alone and you still have 174 miles to go to the finish line. In July you've run 60 miles of toughest trails in the British Lake District, some of the cruellest terrain underfoot in Europe. One concern I do have is loss of resilience in the elastic drawcords in the hood, but this issue affects pretty much every jacket of a similar design and specification. Once confirmation of warranty confirmed, we will replace the item free of charge or offer a full refund.

With a perfect balance of features, it provides the versatility needed for a day in the hills, ensuring both functionality and comfort. Sample products are made as a representation of the finished product and are usually only made in one or two sizes. Looking for a "one size fits all" jacket for low level walks in the Peak and mountain walking with possibly a bit of scrambling/climbing thrown in" went a recent post from forum user Gordonbp, asking about the relative merits of the Pac Plus XT jacket. But if it hadn’t been for the high functionality of the jacket, Id of been much wetter underneath from sweating, but that wasn’t the case because the features did a great job of allowing me to ventilate and dump the heat.As a set that'll cover you for a variety of activities (not running perhaps) and a good range of seasonal weather (except the very worst of winter), the Pac Plus XT would be a great choice. First clean out any detergent and conditioner residue from the machine dispenser and then add the required amount of Tech Wash and away you go. Discover the other best women’s waterproofs from the likes of Patagonia and Mountain Equipment – as tested by The Great Outdoors gear expert and Mountain Leader, Lucy Wallace.

To boost their winter cred, and the overall feeling of durability, you get very robust Kevlar kick patches on the inside ankle.Thinner than any of my full-blown winter mountain shells, but beefier than summer or running-oriented lightweights, the fabric strikes a good compromise for a shell that you could happily wear year-round, in a variety of settings from walking to climbing, but one that's also light enough to pack just in case without paying too much of a weight/bulk penalty. A full-length YKK AQUAGUARD front zip is backed by a internal storm flap and the two-way design allows you to belay and climb without compromising on protection. But budgets don't always stretch that far, and some will prefer a single do-it-all waterproof, one jacket (and perhaps trousers) to cover as many bases as possible. YKK Aquaguard zips are used throughout - water resistant, if not fully waterproof (none really are in wind-driven downpours).

The peak has an old-school wire in it, great for stiffness and packability, and there’s a soft ‘beard guard’ strip down the top of the front zip to make things more pleasant generally. A fully adjustable hood and weather resistant pockets make this ideal for any mountain activity where packability is vital. As the latest evolution of Paclite, Paclite Plus also has a special dry-touch backer rather than the raised print used to line most 2.Perhaps in part to help compensate for not using a more breathable Gore fabric, the Pac Plus XT jacket is fitted with pit zips. And with the wind in mind, Montane have given you a proper wired peak here - something a lot of lighter jackets fail on, but an addition we'd consider more or less essential for use in the stormy UK hills. This GORE-TEX jacket makes only a few a claims, which we’ll look at soon, and none of them are exagerated.

While you can pull it over a helmet, comfort and mobility both become compromised when you then fully fasten the zip; head movement is restricted looking up or side to side, and the collar pulls too tight across the mouth and chin.In our many years of selling samples, we have found that 99% of them are exactly the same as the finished production version. Drop your zip below chin level and it's all freed - but of course you're not then fully sealed against the elements. Include the following postcodes: AB37-AB38, AB44-AB45, AB53-AB38, CA18-CA27, HS1-HS9, IM, IV14-28, IV30-IV32, IV36, IV40-IV56, IV7, IV9-IV12, KA27-KA28, KW, LA15-LA23, PA20, PA21-PA28, PA41, PA42-PA49, PA60, PA61-PA78, PA80-PA88, PH17-PH286, PH30-PH44, PH49-PH50, TR21-TR25, and ZE.

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