After all my research and hoping for a good sale, I finally bought a hardshell jacket, the Mountain Equipment Janak, in the color marine. Let me tell you why I bought this jacket.
My trip will take at least half a year. Most of these days I will be carrying a backpack. I’m hoping that I don’t need to wear this jacket a lot, but I know it will rain quite a lot in Scandinavia. So this means that the fabric has to be hardwearing. You’ve got a number of options and a lot of jackets have the Gore-Tex Pro fabric on the important places like the shoulders and the rest of the jacket won’t be made from the Pro fabric. The Arc’Teryx Beta Hybrid LT is a good example for this. There are a few pro’s for a jacket like this. The first one that it is a light jacket and the second pro is that it’s a cheaper jacket then a full Gore-Tex Pro one. The logical disadvantage is that the wear on it will be higher at the normal places.
After weighing up the pro’s and con’s, I decided that it would be best to get a jacket with Gore-Tex Pro throughout. These are the most expensive jackets and this means that most of the time the design of the jacket will be good. There are a few exemptions like the Arc’Teryx Beta AR. This is a 500 euro jacket where the hood isn’t fully adjustable. So even for money like this you still have to take a good look at the design of the jacket.
also I didn’t want to spend like 600 euro’s for a jacket. Like I said before in the brands post, in my opinion, the best value brand is Mountain Equipment. They have a number of hardshell jackets and the Janak and Tupilak had the best specs for me. I didn’t need the jacket right away so I was waiting for a sale to come up. The disadvantage is my size, I need an XXL and shops don’t have a lot of them in stock. So I saw an XXL with 10 percent discount and I pulled the trigger and ordered it.
I’ve worn this jacket now for a couple of times, but not in any tough conditions so I can’t commend on it yet, but I will write a review on it in time.
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