Zhik isotak 2

Yachting Monthly - - GROUP TEST -

Jacket £499 Salopettes £425

Aus­tralian brand Zhik’s Isotak 2 range is one down from their top-end Isotak Ocean prod­uct. It in­cludes many of the same fea­tures but aims to do so at a lighter weight and slightly lower price, bring­ing it in at un­der the £1,000 mark. The own-brand fab­ric is claimed to re­main both water­proof and breath­able for longer than the other prod­ucts.

Jacket

The jacket, has a high fleece­lined col­lar with large hi-vis panel. The storm flap over the face had Vel­cro ad­just­ment on both sides and could be snugged in se­curely, as well be­ing fully re­mov­able. The top of the col­lar was ad­justable, though we found the same is­sue with the tog­gle push­ing against the head when the hood is up. The hood is eas­ily ad­justable with one hand and in­cludes a drip gut­ter. A flap folds over the hood for stowage, rather than a full pocket. The sleeves had a com­fort­able ar­tic­u­lated de­sign, and there was re­in­force­ment over the seat area, both in­side and out. Fleece-lined pock­ets be­hind the large cargo pock­ets were nice and warm, but there were no chest pock­ets. In­stead, there was a zipped pocket on the sleeve for a phone or knife.

Salopettes

The salopettes are of a uni­sex de­sign, with no drop seat on of­fer. There was a good amount of space in these salopettes with elas­ti­cated waist ad­just­ment. The soft neo­prene shoul­der straps were also in­no­va­tive, with the loose ends be­ing fed into the body of the salopettes and held se­curely by Vel­cro on ei­ther side – a neat al­ter­na­tive to buckle ad­just­ment. There are no hand-warmer pock­ets on the trousers, although there was a se­cure zipped chest pocket and two large cargo pock­ets on the thighs, as well as a small pocket for a knife.

test VER­DICT

On our wa­ter test, the PU in­ner cuffs gave the least ef­fec­tive seal other than the De­cathlon jacket. This could ben­e­fit from a softer rub­ber fab­ric. A tiny amount of wa­ter got in through the neck, but the jacket was ex­tremely com­fort­able to wear with a great range of move­ment – the de­sign of the fit is ex­cel­lent.

Zhik have put a lot of ef­fort into fab­ric de­vel­op­ment and en­gi­neer­ing a good fit

No leaks at the neck, but a slight leak at the cuffs

a fully re­mov­able face guard could be stowed away. Just don’t lose it!

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