/ TNF Makalu Belay Jacket
People slag off TNF sometimes for being too 'street' but their summit range stuff, including this jacket, always looks rather good. Even the hood on this one looks better than on my old TNF Redpoint Optimus belay jacket.
I've got one, very nice so far but I've not had to give it a proper Scottish top of mountain test yet.
Was at a crag in it over my layers and was toasty, fits over my Salamanda helmet easily too.
Don't buy one. I want mine to be the only one!!
Thanks everyone, looks like there's no harm in buying one then.
Excellent piece of kit and overlooked I think because people think Da North Face kit is too street innit.
I borrowed a friends, well we swapped jackets for the day, his Makalu and my Patagonia winter sun hoody. Both are excellent pieces of kit in crap weather and I would say they both perform the same although the Makalu was warmer.
I've also used the Makalu trousers for skiing, probably not a use for them in the UK but on really cold skiing days I loved them.
Well I bought one for £120 plus postage. I like it but the most extreme thing I've done with it is cut the hedge in a light drizzle. To be honest that will probably remain the most extreme thing I ever do in it!
But you looked good doing it and that's the main thing.
But hedge cutting in a new jacket!? Thorns and sticks and hedge trimmers near all the lovely insulation just waiting to burst forth?! I'd be far too precious about it to take the risk. :)
Privet hedge so pretty safe and besides if I didn't wear it for that it'd never see the light of day! Although I had arranged to go toScotland this weekend but my partner dropped out at the last minute
However, HyVent Alpha used in higher quality products like the makalu, plasma thermal etc is made by spraying the same coating to a non-stick surface, then being peeled off and physically applied to the fabric.
It's hard to read about HyVent online as there is nothing to read about anywhere, I got this info last week from som TNF reps :)
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