I’ve been using the new Karrimor Elite Alpiniste eVent Jacket for a few months now and I must say I’ve been very impressed. Its great value for money and can currently be picked up for around £89 from many good stockists including http://www.fieldandtrek.com. As I’m so pleased with it I thought I would write up a little review to give you my thoughts, I’m not a gear junkie or a technical know it all, I just love walking and appreciate good kit that keeps me going for longer. Hopefully the following review will be useful if you are thinking about buying one.
Firstly i’ll start with the facts. here is what Karrimor have to say…
The Karrimor Alpiniste Jacket is built for the most demanding conditions, featuring eVent waterproof fabric for the ultimate in waterproof protection with unrivaled breathability for maximum comfort as you face the elements. This mens waterproof jacket is a summer Alpine style with a relaxed athletic cut featuring a roll-away helmet compatible hood with a wire stiffened peak, has 2 venting chest / torso pockets and a secure chest pocket all with YKK water resistant zips.
As I said earlier, I’ve been using the jacket for the last few months now and in that time I’ve given it a thorough testing. Most of my walking time is spent in the Peak District, I’m pleased to say it has stood up to everything I’ve thrown at it. I’ve submitted it to torrential rains, scrambling on Gritstone Edges, squeezing through dense woodland and a battering while walking across wet and windy moorland. In the last few days I’ve been wild camping in Snowdonia and the weather was terrible. My waterproof trousers by another brand didn’t stand up to the onslaught but the Karrimor Elite Alpiniste eVent Jacket kept me nice and dry inside. Most importantly it kept the Welsh rain away from my precious iPhone while it was in the breast pocket.
Here is a video review that I made earlier today while out walking in a thunderstorm, it was wet, it was wild and the jacket kept me cool and dry.
I’m very impressed with the features of the jacket too.. This is my first eVent jacket having stuck to Goretex in the past, the fabric seems to wick away moisture swiftly, I have also noticed I don’t get as warm as when I wear my other jackets. The cuffs are nicely cut, the YKK water resistant zips feel tough, the mesh venting pockets do their job nicely, The wire peaked hood is a nice shape and it adjusts nicely with the drawstrings located at the back of the head.
I have numerous other jackets from other brands but this one just seems to fit well in all the right places. The build quality of the jacket is very good indeed, it feels tough and it can withstand those scuffs and rubs while out exploring the wilds near where I live. I don’t feel worried about it ripping and tearing like I do with my other jackets.
You can see me wearing this jacket in this video produced by Terry Abraham for Karrimor
Final Thoughts. As I said at the beginning of the post i’m very happy with the Jacket so far, I have really abused it over the last few months and it has stood up to it all. This great fitting piece of kit is being marketed at a very impressive price and it is currently spearheading Karrimor’s return to producing technical clothing. I honestly think you would be hard pushed to find a better jacket out there for the price you can pick this up for. Karrimor are aiming to compete with other manufacturers offering high spec eVent kit and this is a very good start indeed. I for one will be keeping my fingers crossed that they produce a set of eVent waterproof trousers to go with this jacket. So… A great fitting, feature packed, eVent lined jacket for a mere £89? Buy one now before they run out 🙂
Thanks for reading, listening and viewing. I hope this review was of some assistance.