Free­dom Trail

Es­sen­tial Baf­fled Jacket

Trail (UK) - - Best For Budget -

£30 Men's XS-XXXXXL Women's 8-22 Weight 520g (size L) Outer ny­lon In­su­la­tion polyester

IT'S GOOD

The price tag is out­stand­ing for what you get. The jacket has a ny­lon shell, like higher priced jack­ets, but it feels more durable, and the in­su­la­tion is syn­thetic polyester. There are two deep pock­ets with zips placed around the hip area and a hood with elas­ti­ca­tion around the face. The hem and cuffs have elas­ti­ca­tion too. It fits ac­cept­ably and has a slightly longer body than other jack­ets, which is great. There is a mas­sive size range avail­able – far greater than most jack­ets. The level of in­su­la­tion is pretty good for the price and would be fine for au­tumn and mild win­ter days.

HOW­EVER

This is rel­a­tively heavy for the in­su­la­tion it pro­vides and a lit­tle more bulky, com­pared to higher priced jack­ets that use thin­ner shell ma­te­ri­als and more ef­fi­cient in­su­la­tion. Some other jack­ets are warmer and would be bet­ter for win­ter. There are no hem draw­cords, cuff or hood ad­just­ments, so it fits where it touches and can be drafty in these ar­eas. The hood does not turn with the head at all and does not fit closely. Also, the cuffs tend to ride up quite eas­ily. Im­por­tantly, there is no baf­fle be­hind the zip, so this area is chilly.

VER­DICT

If your bud­get is tight this is ex­cel­lent for a camp­site or sum­mit brew, but more cash brings many ben­e­fits.

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