Geo beats the rain!

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tackle -

I’VE al­ways been im­pressed with the qual­ity and func­tional de­sign of Snow­bee’s cloth­ing and the top-of-therange Geo wad­ing jacket is no ex­cep­tion. The jacket is made from a three-layer fab­ric that con­sists of a 100% polyester outer shell, a Vapour-Tec breath­able mem­brane and a 100% ny­lon in­ner shell. All three are bonded to­gether to form one layer so there’s no loose lin­ing to deal with. The outer shell has a DWR fin­ish so wa­ter just beads off and doesn’t sat­u­rate the fab­ric. All seams have been taped on the in­side for in­creased dura­bil­ity and outer seams have been moved away from vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas across the top of the shoul­ders and down the arms. Avail­able in sizes S (36-38in), M (38-40), L (42-44), XL (46-48) and XXL (50-52). 1 The hood de­sign is very im­pres­sive with a stiff­ened ma­te­rial peak and elas­ti­cated cord and tog­gle lock ad­justers on the back of the head and each side of the face. When these are tight­ened the hood moves with your head with­out re­strict­ing your vi­sion. The hood can be rolled away in­side the collar. 2 The high collar has a mi­cro-fleece lin­ing so is soft, warm and re­ally com­fort­able against your neck. It’s not tight against your neck ei­ther so doesn’t cut in un­der your chin. 3 There are two spa­cious bel­lows chest pock­ets with elas­ti­cated tops, pro­tec­tive storm­flaps with Vel­cro clo­sures and two metal eye­let drain holes. On the front of these pock­ets are two smaller pock­ets with wa­ter-re­sis­tant zips, and con­cealed be­hind them are two hand­warmer pock­ets fea­tur­ing wa­ter-re­sis­tant zips and full fleece linings. 4 A good ex­am­ple of the at­ten­tion to de­tail is the pro­tec­tion given to the main sin­gle ny­lon zip open­ing. A full-length, three-inch wide pro­tec­tive storm­flap with five Vel­cro fas­ten­ing tabs sits over the top of a fur­ther storm­flap with rain gut­ter – noth­ing is get­ting through this lot! Un­der the storm­flaps are two ver­ti­cal zipped pock­ets which you can ac­cess with­out hav­ing to undo the main zip. 5 The sleeves ta­per down to neo­prene cuffs with low-pro­file Vel­cro tab ad­justers that tighten com­fort­ably for a nice seal. The tabs lie per­fectly flat so don’t stick up and cause a snag haz­ard. 6 Ex­tra fea­tures in­clude a rod holder strap, double tog­gle-lock and elas­ti­cated cord around the bot­tom hem (cords are held in­side the jacket, out of the way), and a large D-ring on the back of the neck.

VER­DICT:

All the pock­ets are on the out­side of the jacket, so there’s no need to open it up to the el­e­ments. I re­ally liked the com­fort­able high collar, the hood de­sign, the sim­ple but func­tional cuffs and the fully lined hand­warmer pock­ets.

Snow­bee Geo wad­ing jacket

Double storm­flap over the main zip. Neo­prene cuffs with Vel­cro tabs. Fleece-lined hand­warmer pock­ets. Taped seams and cord re­tain­ers.

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