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Thursday, July 15, 2010


Over the last few weeks we have had numerous discussions on windshirts. Whats good, whats not. What we like etc etc.
Some of the prices are quite expensive but we pay for them because we like them. They are light, pack small, are showerproof and do what we want, be windproof.

Well let me throw this one in the pot. It does the same as the rest but costs a fraction of the price. IE £25. Its Pertex Quantum so thats good. It hasn't got a full zip but to me thats not a problem. Weight 80gr.

If you are in the market for a windshirt and are scouring the web for a good deal then have a look at it. You can find it here.


Mac E said...

Thats interesting Alan, in the past I've been an advocate of windshirts but recently I've found that in an attempt to make them more showerproof they've moved away from their original purpose and are no longer as breathable as they should be.

In my view they should be uncoated and should rely solely on the ability to spread water across the surface to promote rapid drying in the event you get caught in an unexpected light shower. As the name suggests a windshirt only has to provide a barrier to wind.

Martin Rye said...

They weigh little but give a big performances on the hill. Nice choice Alan.

afootinthehills said...

Wow! That's an incredible price. How do think it will stand up to wear from rucksack straps? I seem to remember a Berghaus jacket (for insulation I think) made of Quantum fabric but it wasn't tough enough to take a lot of wear and tear.

Still, as Chris Townsend would say: Dislikes -'nothing at this price.'

Thanks for sharing this Alan.

AlanR said...

Mac E.
I fully agree with you. If you want it to be waterproof then buy one that is.
Although when i wash mine i wash it in TX direct which helps it move the water better.

I havn't bought this one i already have a Montane lite speed which will last me a while.
But if i had seen this one 1st i would have got it. Hence reason for sharing it here.

I havn't had any problems with my Montane regarding rucksack wear.
I have had it about 18 months and it's my preferred choice unless its throwing it down.
As you and Chris say, at this price it doesn't matter if it wears out within a year or two.

Unknown said...

I recall Reed from my whitewater days - they make solid kit so this should be good. The only thing I would say about Pertex is that it tends not to be coated - the DWR is not so much coated all over the Pertex but surrounds the weave itself, thus not inhibiting breathability. That's the idea anyway. I love these very useful pieces of kit - I almost always have one now.

AlanR said...

My opinion on wind shirts is that they should be windproof and i am not too worried about rain proofing. Even "proofed" shirts are not repellant for long so i don't know why they bother doing it.

Sorry for the delay in replying to your comments.

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