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(It's kind of like the big pocket you get on some hoodies that ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2018
This is a jacket which is full of surprises.
Every time I put this on I seem to find a new pocket. There are:
- Two big pockets on the main body on the front
- A large pocket on the back which has two zips, one on each side. (It's kind of like the big pocket you get on some hoodies that goes all the way through, except with zips on each side and it's on the back).
- One small pocket on EACH bicep which also have loop velcro (the soft bit) for attaching patches.
- One small pocket on the left forearm (nothing on the right)
- The bicep pockets and two main body pockets have a little rubber section with a small hole leading to the inside of the jacket, presumably to run headphones or a radio cable through.
The pockets on the arms are a little bit on the small side. I have reasonably big hands and I can't actually get my hands inside them which isn't super. I'm not 100% sure why they are so small as it's certainly not a space issue as there is plenty of room on the pocket for the zip to have been bigger, more of a weird design choice I think.
The cuffs both have a velcro adjustment so you can tighten them down.
One little feature that isn't listed in the item description is that there is a zipper under each armpit which I'm assuming is designed to work as ventilation if it gets too hot.
There are two elastic adjustments to tighten it around you waist which are quite nice if a little awkward to use because of the way they've been implemented. The one negative is that the elastic does seem to want to drop down and hang out of the bottom. You can just about tuck it away if you're bothered.
The hood has an option to roll it up and velcro it in place so that it basically becomes a big thick collar. (That's what the weird square by the label at the back of the neck is for that you can see in the pictures).
The hood itself is very nice. It has a little 'peak' which looks nice and stylish. The size is adjustable by elastic. It's a bit of a weird system to be honest and I'm not sure why it's been done this way. The elastic runs all the way around the hood, down the jacket and down into the two main pockets on the front. If you put your hand in, you can feel there's a little plastic stop attached to the end of the elastic cord ending in the pocket. The actual adjustment for the hood is up around the collar area on the outside of the jacket (visible in the pictures). It's a bit tricky to adjust to be honest, especially as you have to do it on both sides. Just a bit strange. I might be missing something but it doesn't seem particularly intuitive to use and is just unnecessarily fiddly. Also, (and the main reason that I've taken off a star) the elastic on one side of my hood has a knot tied in it which makes it even harder to adjust. I contemplated removing the elastic and undoing it, but I think because of the way it has been attached with the plastic stops etc, I would never be able to put it back together, so now I have to live with a weird knot. Probably a manufacturing error I'm guessing as it's just on one side.
The jacket is very warm and has a fleecy material inside and seems very waterproof on the outside.
Overall, I'm actually very happy with this. You can tell it's a high quality product and I think it will be long lasting. Weird knots and illogical hood adjustments aside, I'd happily buy this again. Perfect for what I wanted.