Originally Posted by Phil McCrackin
Has anyone bought this or seen / tried in flesh to give their opinion , I'm really taken by this , but not been to a shop that sells it .. appreciate thoughts / opinions ..
Yep, I have just bought the Orange version. I have tried on the yellow and navy as well. It's a really beautiful jacket. I like the way the unlined ventile feels and drapes here more than how it looks on the parka or the shoulders of my Mallory.
The construction is typically excellent as you would expect from NC but I do find the riri zip a little fiddley.
It is certainly a very expensive piece but I managed to get a discount and VAT removed to ease the pain. I didn't dare wait for sales as stock already seems low and I'm a size 50 so I didn't think there would be any left come the end of the season, especially in Orange. I'm also hoping to get four-season wear out of it for many years, so I think it should pay for itself.
As for the efficacy of ventile vs gore-tex, I'm not too worried. If I'm hill-walking in the rain or doing snow-sports, I'm wearing technical clothing, not this. But I do feel that 99% of "normal-wear" conditions should be well-served by this jacket.
I'd say go for it if you are on the fence. it looks even better in person than in the online pictures. However, if you can wait a year or don't like the colours available this season, I imagine he will be producing it again as it seems to have been really popular.
Only downside is that my wife calls it an anorak...