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Fury­gan Ge­n­e­sis Claw tex­tile jacket

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This is a CE cer­ti­fied tex­tile jacket of high tenac­ity polyester con­struc­tion that is highly abra­sion re­sis­tant polyester outer that also boats a ‘Skin Pro­tect lining’ ap­proved by Fury­gan’s R&D (Mo­tion Lab) to re­in­force the prod­uct in terms of tear­ing and abra­sion re­sis­tance.

It comes with D30 CE ap­proved pro­tec­tors in the shoul­ders and el­bows, as well as a pocket for a back pro­tec­tor (the D30 one is a per­fect fit), and in­side all this is a lovely snug liner that is both warm and wa­ter­proof.

I’ve been wear­ing this jacket on and off for around 18 months now and in my opin­ion it suits the colder weather bet­ter, even with lining out and a cou­ple of vents. It’s a bit much as a sum­mer jacket, the short vents not re­ally of­fer­ing much in the way of cool­ing for hot days here in Blighty, let alone Italy.

Put the liner back in and you are truly toasty warm in the win­ter though, there’s no doubt­ing that. The fleece is lovely and soft, and thanks to the ad­justable sleeve fix­ings you can keep them from flap­ping and make sure the ar­mour is in the cor­rect place whether the liner is in or out.

The liner is also the wa­ter­proof el­e­ment of this jacket, and sadly that’s where it starts to go wrong I’m afraid. For a start, hav­ing a wa­ter­proof un­der­layer is not the best idea in my opin­ion, and one that a mem­ber of the Fury­gan team agreed with (off the record) at a Euro­pean show when I men­tioned this.

Now, while it is ac­tu­ally wa­ter­proof, it’s not so breath­able. This means that in warm, dry weather the lining can get damp from you sweat­ing in­side. What­ever it’s made of re­tains the mois­ture too, so whether it’s sweat, rain or you’ve sim­ply washed the lining, ex­pect it to re­main wet for days rather than hours.

So my rec­om­men­da­tion on the Fury­gan Ge­n­e­sis Claw range is that it looks great, the fit is snug and se­cure and I re­ally do like that, but I re­ally don’t rec­om­mend the wa­ter­proof ver­sion. In­stead I’d go for the Ge­n­e­sis Claw Vented sum­mer jacket (with a cooler, mesh outer) and an an­cil­lary wa­ter­proof over jacket for the rainy sum­mer days. With on­line prices of the Vented op­tion at around £105 too (RRP £139.99), it’s a bit cheaper than the wa­ter­proof one as well, which car­ries a RRP of £169.99. www.nevis.uk.com or call 01425 478936. Andy

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