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Very good manufacturing quality.
Reviewed By Andreas, 10 Feb 2014

Received the jacket today, and although I have to send it back since size small is just a few cm too tight on the waist for the layering system I like to use, thought I will give it a quick review. (Unfortunately for me, I am exactly between size small and medium, but I like a tight and not slouchy fit because of the harness). I have not been able to test its water-resistance!, —however, the thickness of Goretex Pro seems very abrasion resistant, i.e. self-arrests down the hill, or the occasional brushing/bumping against rock etc. It's a real shame to have to send it back as the hood fits very well, even with helmet (Grivel Salamander). The fit is very good as regards the arms length, as these jackets tend to have sometimes too long arms, .. also when lifting arms there is no pull or stretch. Will definitely look for a similar jacket with Mountain Equipment, since this jacket was made in Hungary, therefore EU quality control, as opposed to brands like The North Face, Salewa etc. which produce cheap quantity in China. Thumbs up for Mountain Equipment, it's worth the investment, a very good jacket indeed!

 

 

 
Bomb-proof and good looking!
Reviewed By Alex, 21 Jan 2014

A thorough drenching in the Forest of Dean one day left me soaked in my old jacket as I stood watching the raindrops delicately bead off my father’s shiny Mountain Equipment jacket – time, I thought, for an upgrade!
After a bit of research, I hit on the Men’s Kamchatka Jacket which was on an excellent offer from Cotswold Outdoors that I just could not avoid. Following a smooth transaction and delivery service, I opened the parcel and was greeted by my new rosy companion. First impressions always count and I was very pleased by the durability of the fabric. The smart ‘alpine-style’ cut leaves ample room for donning multiple layers for insulation and the articulated cut enables good all round movement.
Having owned it for nearly 4 months now, the Kamchatka has proved a tough shell against the worst Scottish winter weather in February and near-horizontal rain while scrambling in Snowdonia – a real tough bruiser. The fabric reinforcements around the shoulders and elbows are reassuring bonuses given the number of ‘ice-axe’ arrest practices done! The whole shell packs neatly into the hood meaning it is not encumbrance to take anywhere, whatever the occasion.
I did hesitate during jacket research when I noticed the alpine style of the Kamchatka meant there was no external weather baffle over the front zips and even though ME stated it uses YKK Aquaseal sips, I had my doubts over absolute water resistance given past experience in the hills. However, this was quickly dispelled as the construction of the Aquaseal zips is excellent and there is in fact a smaller internal baffle to minimize water entry should one be out in the worst of conditions.
The Kamchatcka does come with a zip-on snow-skirt, but from my own experience I see this more of a gimmick than of use. I opted for a Medium sized jacket which fits snug, however despite the snow-skirt’s elastic hem, it was always a bit slack around my waist. While I acknowledge this is most likely due to my personal slim build, it is no hassle to tighten the lower draw cords on the jacket itself instead and that has proven an effective method of guarding against unwanted snow entry, despite cruising through deep powder down the Valley Blanche recently!
Overall, a bomb-proof construction (to be expected from Mountain Equipment!) which looks great both out on the mountain and down in town – I’m one proud owner.

 

 

 
Lovely jacket
Reviewed By Thomas, 08 Jul 2013

Fit is good, seems tough and well-made, fully waterproof. Withstood a day canoeing in Sweden in the rain without a drop getting in and without getting particularly hot.
Great improvement over my old jacket and at a good price.
Very pleased.

 

 

 
Amazing technical jacket
Reviewed By Daniel, 27 Sep 2012

Brilliant jacket, ideal for a multitude of uses. Work as an outdoor instructor and the versatility of this jacket is amazing. Having the option to remove the snow skirt is brilliant. Also the best fitting jacket I have had, ever. Nice high hood, well designed features and a comfy long armed fit! Brilliant!

 

 

 
Great jacket
Reviewed By Daniel, 28 Mar 2012

I bought this last October and really love it. I've used it both for walking in mountains and for walking the dog down at the river, and it's a great jacket for both. It feels secure without being too thick and heavy, and gives great protection from the wind and driving rain.

It doesn't pack down too neatly, but I personally don't mind that in what is essentially a winter coat.

 

 

 
Highly recommend
Reviewed By Miles, 01 Feb 2012

I use this jacket in all conditions from scrambling in horrendous sideways rain in the lakes to walking to work in Manchester drizzle. It has never failed to keep me dry. The fit allows for really good movement of the upper body

 

 

 
Expensive but worth it
Reviewed By Dennis, 23 Oct 2011

I have had the jacket for a month so far, so no use in snow but as a skiing instructor working on outdoor artificial slopes it has seen its fair share of rain. It is amazing in heavy rain, it just seems to refuse to even start to get wet. I forgot it one day and used my (non gore-te/mountain equipment) '15000mm' waterproof jacket, within a few hours it was leaking in seams and the fabric was starting to let water through.

The Kamchatka is also very breathable, it is really comfortable to wear and windproof. If you want a high performance jacket for use in rain and snow when you will be doing physical exercise i would recommend it. For low intensity sports you should get something insulated as it is just a shell so can need a lot of layers underneath on cold days.