/ £25 Lightweight Down Jacket?
How bad can it be?
thanks to this posting they'll all be sold out by the weekend
Loads on fleabay
Were you planning on buying them all out for some kind of hair-brained ebay scheme?
The jackets and the gilets are on fleabay available from sports direct who I think, own F and T?
Always good to have bargains :0)
*I'm immensely sad and actually bought some electronic postal scales mainly for weighing gear, although I like to think it shows I take my UKC gear reviewing gig seriously!
A heads up, Go Outdoors are doing synthetic jackets (Hi Gear) for £19.99.
Again, perfect for walking the dog/work etc.
Got one of the gilets. Another 4% off if you clear your cookies and go via Quidco.
(Don't tell anyone I asked, but which scales did you get?)
the karrimor gillets are £18 at the mo. Nice lightweight similar to jacket above but without arms. :-D
"The second major point is that the bag is light. The quoted weight is 864 grams for the regular (although according to my postal scales mine is a whole 3 grams lighter than that!), the stuff bag weighs and additional tiny 27 grams." http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=3605
A three gram difference from the stated weight, just how good is that to know! ;-)
And it looks good enough to wear with jeans and smart shoes when it's chilly.
And for the same price you can have it hooded.
> (Don't tell anyone I asked, but which scales did you get?)
Ssshhhh. I'm just as bad; because my "big" scale is only good to 10g I got one of these:
Designer Habitat Digital Electronic Slimline Glass Kitchen Scales
which you shoul find in a search on the well known auction site which for some reason no-one ever names. (Why is that, by the way?)
Scale arrived a few days ago and seems OK - it's 5kg capacity, has a reasonably large glass top, display is to 1g and it seems to repeat reasonably well - certainly good enough for postal/kitchen/obsessive gear weighing duties!
Mine was £8.99 but it seems now to have gone up to £9.99
Has anyone had any problems with their delivery service? The last and only time I bought something from F&T they used a courier called Yodel to deliver it, which failed miserably. In the same week this Yodel company also 'tried' to deliver a package from Australia to me, only to say they were unable to deliver and had it on it's way back to Australia before I could even get in contact with them (2 days after the date on their calling card, which I found in the gutter outside...)Rant over!
Basically F&T's choice of courier was enough to make me never buy anything from them again. I'm just interested to see if they're still using them and if there have been any problems? If not, it'll make a nice Christmas present for a friend of mine! Thanks.
I bought a rope and rope bag from F&T a few weeks ago. It was ordered at about 3:30 on Saturday and arrived on Monday. Hard to find fault with that.
I ordered two jackets yesterday, just got an e-mail saying one was out of stock so they'll ship the other one and refund the difference. According to the website there's still other colours available in that size. I know they're trying to keep costs low, but can it be that expensive to have someone phone the customer and ask if they want another option?
ordered on Wednesday recieved today.
Very happy with the jacket considering it was £25 :-)
They are excellent, considering he price. I've had one for a year. Warm, confortable, stops the wind, all round pretty good.
It's not as nice as my "good" down jacket, but that was eight times the price, IIRC, so I would't expect it to be.
For £25 they are a bargain.
Argh, sweet. Been looking for a down gillet for bouldering in. Just ordered one, £21 including postage. Thats a bargain even if its a bit crap.
Cheers for the link.
> Has anyone had any problems with their delivery service? The last and only time I bought something from F&T they used a courier called Yodel to deliver it, which failed miserably. In the same week this Yodel company also 'tried' to deliver a package from Australia to me, only to say they were unable to deliver and had it on it's way back to Australia before I could even get in contact with them (2 days after the date on their calling card, which I found in the gutter outside...)Rant over!
> Basically F&T's choice of courier was enough to make me never buy anything from them again. I'm just interested to see if they're still using them and if there have been any problems? If not, it'll make a nice Christmas present for a friend of mine! Thanks.
I've had a few deliveries recently by Yodel (including 1 today). I've heard a lot of gripes about them but mine have been straightforward and no problems. Probably depends on the driver.
Cheers for the heads up, just orded mine :)
If you miss the delivery, it's a Kafkaesque nightmare and you will quickly be enveloped in a cloud of hatred, rage, self-pity and depression.
Mine's out for delivery today, so we'll see...
- Just the right warmth level.
- Dind't get too hot while walking, so long as it's nothing too strenuous. - - Offers a decent degree of wind resistance.
- Only major gripe would be slight restriction on movement in the shoulder area, but this may have been down to my rucksack straps.
All in all, a well-spent 25 quid.
> *I'm immensely sad and actually bought some electronic postal scales mainly for weighing gear
A digression, but I have taken to weighing cameras, especially small 35mm compacts...
Well, I decided to sully myself by fighting through the mounds of chav wear in Sports Direct, and found the down jackets and gilet. I'm afraid I wasn't very impressed. They're light because there's very little down in them, and the ones I saw has very little loft. There's no way they were ever worth the claimed rrp of £80; £35-40 tops.
If you're looking for something with a little insulation, then maybe okay.
What's the sizing like? tight, technical or fairly loose? Im normally a medium, should i buy large if i want to use it for climbing and winter stuff to stop it riding up when my arms are above my head? i currently don't own a down jacket and need something fairly warm for belays and when things get chilly etc
or would that synthetic 'hi gear - yukon' jacket be better at £30?
They are quite tight (or I have put on more weight!!)
So I would order the large.
field and trek are also selling nevica duck down jackets for £30, these come with a (non-adustable) hood, which im sure is better than no hood. what are people's thoughts on the karrimor down vs nevica down vs hi-gear synthetic
I will be using it for winter mountaineering (as stated in my last post)
> They are quite tight (or I have put on more weight!!)
> So I would order the large.
I got a medium, which would usualy be good for me, but is in fact a little bit tight across the shoulders/upper back, but I'll live wit that for £25.
A bit thinner (and lighter) than I was anticipating but will be good in my rucksac on winter walks.
or with a hood http://www.fieldandtrek.com/karrimor-hooded-down-jacket-mens-443344
I'm normally S, and the M I tried on fit okay over a base layer and fleece. In other words, pretty close-fitting for a down jacket. So, if you want it for an overlayer, certainly go one size up.
But, as I said earlier, if the ones I looked at were the same as being discussed here (and, judging by the brand and price, I'm pretty sure they are), I think they're far too thin to be a decent winter overlayer; much more an 'active warmth' layer, as there's not much down or loft to them. Think 'Down Sweater', only colder.
If you want a bit more warmth, and a hood that will take a helmet, really do go and look at the Peter Storm down gilet for £20; it has a decent loft and isn't overstuffed. Not a full-on, sitting-on-a-winter-belay-for-hours sort of warmth, but pretty useful. Granted, it's got no arms...
And no, I don't have any connection with Blacks/Millets; I'm just an inveterate bargain hunter trying to do some proxy bargain-hunting... I know 'Peter Storm' is hardly a "real man's mountaineering brand", but every now and then they produce something half decent, even if they don't know why; why would their normal customers want a helmet-compatible hood, when it means it's not so great without a hood (and no adjustment)...? Not that Karrimor is a "real man's mountaineering brand" any more; mostly cheap, badge-engineered tat, apart from the stuff coming out of Japan.
any chance you could take a look at the nevica hooded down jacket and compare it to the karrimor one in terms of weight, down fill, size etc. field and trek sell them too. that would be really helpful!
ah right ok. seems a hood is a bonus then. you said different trim? is one longer than the other/ closer fitting? not too fussed about shiny fabric, so long as it's warm!
Sounds like the hood has been designed to have the volume for going over a helmet.
yeah a tight hood isnt too much of a worry for me because i will be wearing it under other coats which do have hood adjustment so if it fits over a helmet thats good, another coat's hood can hold everything all in. at the end of the day, it's a £30 down jacket.... got to be better than nothing right?!
> it's a £30 down jacket.... got to be better than nothing right?!
That's my thinking exactly. not sure about the hood going over a helmet though...
I have the bigger puffy £40 one (rrp £99!).
Warm enough but the quality is mince. Main zip broke within a month then a pocket zip.
OK to sit and belay at the bottom of a crag but wouldn't rely on it up a hill.
I agree with the Yodel comments - I've had stuff left in the recycling bin.
TBH I kinda expected this of cheap sweatshop sports direct clobber. Wish I'd never thrown out the old Mountain Equipment brown stinky, but it was 700 years old.
the only thing is i think is the hood on the nevica one would mean it's a warmer jacket...
I'm confused by these comments. Mine lofts well (taking into account it's weight) and doesn't leak down. It does the same job as a Polartec 200 fleece, but is much lighter.
Maybe there are good batches and bad batches?
Mine came the other day. Hardly a quality down belay jacket for winter conditions as it is very very thin (and light!), but a handy thing to have in your sack. But for the money a great buy!
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