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josh
Posted 20/10/2008 - 15:44 Link
Hi All,
Now that winter is almost upon us I need to to buy another winter outdoor jacket. My old Berguas has given up. It needs to be waterproof,windproof and breathable with a decent hood. For general hill walking, rambling while carrying my camera gear backpack.
I have seen good reports on Paramo gear. Any endorsements out there. If not what do other members rely on.
Cheers
JOSH.
mikew
Posted 20/10/2008 - 16:05 Link
Have you tried the ramblers web site? They really know their stuff. But I wouldn't use your current avatar there - they have no love of 4x4 although it can be fun baiting them.

Mike
johnriley
Posted 20/10/2008 - 16:23 Link
Barbour is tough and waterproof.
Best regards, John
Steve O
Posted 20/10/2008 - 17:04 Link
I been using a ventile jacket from West Winds
http://www.west-winds.co.uk/
It's very strong, lasted about 15 years with hard use, but I think I'll get something lighter next time and I've been looking at the Paramo Cascada and Pájaro jackets.
Steve
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johnriley
Posted 20/10/2008 - 17:54 Link
Billingham also make a Photographer's Jacket - not inexpensive, but beautifully made.
Best regards, John
Mannesty
Posted 20/10/2008 - 19:01 Link
For winter weather in the welsh hillsides it has to be Barbour or Musto.
Peter E Smith - flickr Photostream
womble
Posted 20/10/2008 - 21:06 Link
Mannesty wrote:
For winter weather in the welsh hillsides it has to be Barbour or Musto.

I have a dri-za-bone (not sure of the spelling). Aussie version of the Barbour but a bit cheaper and just as waterproof. Rather than a hood I used a broad brimmed hat from the same people in wax cotton too, it keeps the rain off my glasses better than a hood!

Best wishes, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
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Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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josh
Posted 21/10/2008 - 09:14 Link
Thanks All for your suggestions the Barbour type is good at being waterproof although I find them a cold jacket in winter unless you wear bulk layers underneath which restricts you.Took Mikew advise on other web sites good reports on Paramo gear for outdoors, the 4x4 is great for getting me off beaten track to shoot the ramblers, bagged a few in my time (with my Pentax of course)
Cheers
JOSH.
serendipity
Posted 21/10/2008 - 09:30 Link
I have a 'Deerhunter' jacket (similar to a parka, without the fishtail:lol, it's waterproof,warm, loads of pockets,detachable fleece lined hood and it's made from anti rustle material. It also blends in with the countryside, being green


Mick
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Peter Bargh
Posted 21/10/2008 - 10:10 Link
I've just got hold of a Gitzo jacket and will be reviewing that. I went out at the weekend and got drenched, or should I say the coat did. I was totally dry inside. It has shoulder pads to that too the strain from the rucksack, and pockets so big that the camera (A K20D in my example) could be dropped in and carried along with two lenses in the other pocket. Plenty of other space too and very comfortable (and toasty warm), but also fairly/very expensive (delete as appropriate). I haven't made my mind up about the verdict yet. I need to do a few more days, and include one where it's bitterly cold.
mikew
Posted 21/10/2008 - 10:49 Link
josh wrote:
Thanks All for your suggestions the Barbour type is good at being waterproof although I find them a cold jacket in winter unless you wear bulk layers underneath which restricts you.Took Mikew advise on other web sites good reports on Paramo gear for outdoors, the 4x4 is great for getting me off beaten track to shoot the ramblers, bagged a few in my time (with my Pentax of course)
Cheers

We were holding a competition on private ground organised under MSA rules the lot when a group of 'ramblers' wanted to use the nearby footpaths. No problem as our course was well away from then and we only travel at 5 mph or so. Would one old so and so let it go. He carefully made a note of each vehicle that had no tax disc. Rather pointless really as it was private land and most of the vehicles had arrived on trailers. Some can be so irritating while others are pretty tolerant! All that said they know their stuff about keeping dry.

Mike
alig
Posted 21/10/2008 - 17:00 Link
Josh,
this article in this month's TRAIL mag.
They had Winter, Lightweight, Multi-activity and General-purpose.

In the Winter test they started with 20 Winter jackets and got 12 'finalists'.
Best in test (5*) was Mountain Equipment KONGUR £260
Verdict: Seeing as no other brand has yet come up with anything better, this is still my favourite jacket for walking and mountaineering in wet and windy weather.
Outer: 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell with Micro Grid Backer
Inner: none
W/proofness: extremely waterproof
Breathability: extremely breathable
Weight: 564g

Best Value with (4*) was Sprayaway TORRIDON £180
Verdict: Longer than most jackets with great pockets and lots of comfort, but the hood and weight are drawbacks for more adventurous hill-walkers.
Outer: 2-layer Gore-Tex Performance
Inner: lining
W/proofness: exteremly waterproof
Breathability: very breathable
Weight: 896g

Phew, didn't know there was that much to type, sorry for long post.

Hope this helps

ali

(edit for spelling mistakes, and to wrong person, told you it was too long!)
Cheers

Ali

ist* DS & Ricoh GR
Edited by alig: 22/10/2008 - 00:34

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