/ Synthetic Insulated Jackets
I'm currently trying to decide between the following jackets:
Rab Generator Alpine, Montane Ice Guide, Mountain Equipment Fitzroy, Berghaus Ignite Hoody.
Does anyone have any experience of the differences between these? I'm looking for a jacket that will keep me warm when stationary in wind and rain, but still packs down nicely.
I think the warmest one would be the Ice Guide, but might it not be so wind/water-proof?
Any comments would be really appreciated.
They'll all be the same level of windproof-ness I think. That is totally windproof.
Look at the fill for each - type of fill and weight. That and the cut on you is what will make them warm or less so.
Also have a look at the Rab Xenon (original or new X) http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Insulated-Jacket-Reviews/Rab-Xenon which is probably the best lightweight pure belay jacket, as long as the smallish hood fits over your helmet
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!
Many thanks again
I have a GA.
You wouldn't wear a belay jacket under your harness, so pocket spacing doesn't matter (think about it).
The hood rolls away and can be tabbed down, but I can't see a time I'd bother using this.
The zip is the best rab zip I've had, and is stiffened in places and hasn't got stuck on me yet.
Cuffs are fine.
ME is heavier duty, Rab is lighter weight.
I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a synthetic jacket.
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.
The Berghaus gets a very good write up.
As is the Mount Hardwear. Ghost Whisperer
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