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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2021
There is quite a lot to like about the jacket but unfortunately, there are also a few areas of concern.
Fit: I am 5'7" and about 75-76 kg, this jacket fits me perfectly, room underneath for layers but if only wearing T-shirt it is not baggy. The sleeve length for me is perfect, I can leave the velcro loose for venting or do a few rolls up and they don't get in my way AKA Hero sleeves.
Overall it is a nice jacket and at the moment there is nothing really to compete with it, Fjallraven makes similar gear but the price difference doesn't put them in any direct competition IMHO.
Quality: This is a tough one, the jacket compared to the competition is cheap but it's still a reasonable amount of money and if I compare it to a Military issue smock then the Pilgrim starts to fall short. On my example, there were a lot of loose threads, a few here and there is not an issue but this was excessive. There were also small areas of bad stitching. One loose section I had to cut and burn which has left an area with a tiny gap of no thread, it doesn't look like it will separate further but who knows.
The jacket has lots of pockets which is good, However, I find the front upper chest pockets to be a bad design. At first, the slanted pocket looks to be a good idea, but for some reason on the outer edge Helicon has stiched the side closed, which reduces the size of the opening drastically. The button design while also at first appearing cleaver as it is not exposed is terrible. It is a major faf opening and closing them. It is good though they have added lanyard tags in these breast pockets.
Hood, over all it is good, however, the peak is useless in any practical sense as it is not wired. If you are facing the direction of the wind it will just push the peak flap against your forehead, it also makes the hood when it is in the down position have the peak sat on the back of your neck, I have to try and fold the peak back to stop it being irritating. I would prefer it that the hood didn't have a peak at all. At the end of the day it is not a waterproof coat anyway. I may well get the jacket tailored and get the peak removed.
The jacket overall is pretty good but IMHO it falls slightly short of being epic which is what everyone else seems to be claiming. With a few minor improvements and Helicon upping the QC or standard of manufacturing I think it would be approaching epic levels.
I have given 3 stars as for me that is saying it is OK, it does what it should but could be better.