In reply to Max factor: People with more money than time. They need a new windproof for the weekend at their chalet in Cham, so pop into whatever Cotswold is nearest the City at lunchtime and drop £500 on whatever.
Us lucky few who have more time than we know what to do with and can either wait around until we see one at TK Maxx for £5.99 or experiment outdoors until we discover that bin bags do the job well enough that we can spend all that cash on a new set of cams that we don't need.
In reply to UKC Gear: There are a variety of mountain shells for much cheaper such as a NorthRidge one I got for £99 in a sale or the Sherpa one for £200 (but that I won). Plus others. It seems odd to me to only review those seriously expensive ones.
In reply to xplorer: No but you are now missing the point that trusted brands provide cheaper products and Sherpa are a trusted brand by the way. There is no reason why such a review as this did not include cheaper products. one at £250 and then the next cheapest being £340 then to the £500 seems bloody ridiculous to me.
I wasn't talking about crappy no makes (although you may include North Ridge in that if you wish despite their positive comments on here over the last few years) but simply cheaper than within the review.
In reply to UKC Gear:
Do testers/reviewers get to keep jackets, are they free or heavily discounted.
If handed out free to testers or massively discounted, i would also be reviewing
stupidly expensive jackets. And then not even rate them????
Thanks for the review. It would be even more useful if the "fit" section differentiated between fit for men and fit for women. Unless the fit is for a generic manwomanmountainperson? Seems to be getting harder to find a good mountain hardshell that fits women.
if it helps, my wife has found that the Patagonia, RAB and Arcteryx hard shells or indeed most of the female specific jackets have a great fit for women.
Pricey, but she tries them on and then gets onto good old fleabay!
Hope this helps, Den
In reply to xplorer:
Would rather not, but saying that i do have some hand me down hexes that appear to be brand less, still use them though (theyre pretty chunky). I do get your point though and that we are paying for a name because they make quality, its just that in the past couple of years prices have nearly doubled and they seem to be using pretty much the same materials just fancy colours and zips. Its a big jump from 200 to 500 quid for a jacket and for that extra 300 quid your not getting a whole lot more. But f*ck it if i could afford a 500 quid jacket with rad colours and contrasting zips i would,
Anna, my wife, has a Patagonia Triolet jacket that is a really good fit for her. Size large, she is a 12/14 and it fits her ridiculously good.
Before that she had an older North Face jacket, goretex xcr that she had for about 6 years. Again in a large and a womens cut. Fitted her perfectly as well and when she has tried jackets on in the shops, as I said she found the RAB, Arcteryx, Patagonia and even the North Face ones were really a good fit.
Only reason we bought the Patagonia one was because we were in Canada and it was so cheap it was ridiculous! Hope you find one.
> These jackets are designed for extreme use, there not for ruff ramblers
I gave the example of one coat which I got for £100 pounds in a sale but my point was not about coats being that cheap but simply cheaper than those reviewed. I would imagine that most people wouldn't need any extra performance from Coats at £550 pounds compared to the £200 range for example. Oh and by people I don't mean North face of the High Street use but those on this site who may go ice climbing, winter climbing Alpine Climbing and winter walking.