In reply to ajtgraves:
If it's of any use to you I have the "Berghaus Ignite Hoody" and personally think it's really good.
I use it to wear while belaying at the bottom of the crag, normally layered on top of something but that's mainly because when I take it off to climb I don't want to get all cold. It'd probably be warm enough to wear with just a decent base layer underneath.
The type of climbing I do is trad, normally in Spring, Summer & Autumn but if there's a good winter day for some craging I'll normally be out then too.
It does pack down pretty small but does still take up space, considering how warm its kept me, even in the win & moderate rain I'd say it's pretty small. Never used it in heavy rain.
Also it zips up from the bottom which is really handy I find for having over a harness then opening the bottom up a little to make belaying easier.
I'm really tempted by the Ice Guide, but am slightly worried that it might be a bit warm for anything but winter use? Also does anyone know how bulky it is? And how well does it cope in the wind and rain?
Thanks very much for all this advice. I think I'll leave the Ice Guide on the basis of it being simply too warm for Scotland (and maybe not quite as weather-resistant as the others?)
So I'm trying to decide between the ME Fitzroy and the Rab GE. There's a few issues I forsee with both:
1)Are the pockets accessible while wearing a harness or backpack with waistbelt?
2)Does the hood roll away neatly, or is it quite bulky and get in the way?
3)I've heard the Rab zips can get stuck sometimes - anyone experienced this?
4)How tightly can you do up the cuffs on both jackets - I've got quite small wrists!
In reply to ajtgraves: I have the ignite hoody and am very impressed with it. Works well under a shell in extreme conditions, but I've also worn it all day without realising just how wet it was until the end of the day (totally soaked through).
I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a synthetic jacket.
For what it's worth, I really rate my generator alpine. My two bug bears are hoods and sleeve length and the GA is great for both. I think the rab hood design can't be bettered for fit with or without a lid and the sleeves are obviously cut with climbing in mind.
Having said that, I've never tried the Fitzroy on so can't compare but the rab was perfect when I tried it. You may be best finding a shop that stocks a few and compare/contrast.