The Mountain Equipment Fitzroy Jacket provides you with all-weather winter insulation. Whether you're climbing in the Alps or Scotland you'll feel the benefit from having this jacket on as it will keep you warm in the worst of conditions.
The Drilite Loft outer is totally windproof and highly water resistant, making it the perfect jacket to deal with spindrift and icy cold blasts. This fabric is also utilised on the inner hem and hood lining, as these areas are more prone to wetting out. Insulated with PrimaLoft Gold that will just keep performing as it will ensure your warmth, even if it gets wet.
The Shoulder Shield construction means that there are no seams over the shoulder and arm areas this is a benefit as it minimises heat loss and water entry. The Mountain hood is helmet compatible, insulated and features a wired brim that assists in protecting your vision when the weather takes a turn for the worst. There are plenty of storage options with two zipped hand pockets that are microfleece lined, one zipped Napoleon pocket and one internal security pocket. The Fitzroy features ME's Mountain Fit, this allows your layering system to move with you and gives you a greater freedom of movement with the sleeves being pre-shaped.
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Worn this for 3 seasons now & it's still going strong.
At first I couldn't believe that artificial insulation (PrimaLoft) could match Down - well, maybe it can't, but it's very close, with the huge added benefit that it won't clump if conditions get less than ideal, meaning that you'll stay warm. Totally windproof & virtually waterproof, I've had lots of success with this jacket - wearing it virtually all the time during the cooler months. My wife wears the very comparable "Alpamayo", also purchased from FW, which is the female equivalent version.
The pockets are naturally warm & practical with good zips which I find rarely snag. I especially like the internal pockets as well as the one on the outer chest - for a day jacket to go to town in etc, this many secure pockets has proved very practical. The cuffs & waist are adjustable & still work fine. If and when it does get damp, I find that it dries quickly & doesn't start to smell - typically I only wash it/re-proof it once a year ready for the next cold season.
On the rare occasions I've taken it off, the material is very soft against the skin and (like another reviewer commented), pretty good as a pillow!
Great jacket for winter bought to fit over extra layers throw it on if we stop or the temperature really drops on a summit. Since buying it I now use it instead of my old down jacket if I'm out bouldering as the lined pockets are excellent at keeping hands warm. Comes with a storage bag but I find stuffing the jacket into its sleeve has a smaller pack size and no bag to lose or get blown away. Used this for everything walking to the shops, as a pillow, blanket when sleeping in the car on long journeys very versatile piece that can be adapted to most situations.
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