Regatta Outflow Waterproof Jacket for Men
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Outflow Waterproof Jacket for Men
Regatta says:"The Outflow is our men's most breathable walking jacket. Made with a 2.5 layer membrane, it offers super lightweight performance from valley to peak. Designed to keep you dry inside and out, it uses durable ripstop with our trademark ISOTEX 10,000 waterproof technology. The front zip fastening is reinforced with a full-length stormflap and the chin guard prevents chafing. It has a wire peaked mountain hood for uninterrupted visibility during heavy rain and both the hem and cuffs can be adjusted to secure the fit."
Features to Note:
- Fabric : 100% Polyester
- 2.5 layer membrane
- Waterproof (10,000 mm) and breathable Isotex 15000 polyester ripstop fabric
- Durable water repellent finish
- Taped seams
- Inner stormflap with chin guard
- Grown on technical hood with 2 way adjustment and reinforced peak
- Articulated sleeves
- Adjustable cuffs
- Adjustable shockcord hem
- Endurance fit - outdoor performance fit
The Outflow Jacket is part of Regatta's Point 214 range which includes Regatta's more technical products. I've been wearing the jacket for a couple of weeks now, both on walks in the Lake District and The Peak District and strolling around the town locally.
The Outflow fits well, with plenty of room for numerous layers underneath. The sleeves are just about long enough and I felt I had full freedom of movement - even when wearing a base layer and thick fleece underneath.
On the outside there are two hand warming pockets and one chest pocket but none on the inside. Disappointingly, the two hand warming pockets are positioned just where the belt of your rucksack wraps around your waist making it difficult to access when carrying a day pack. They are however, fully zipped (from bottom to top), have long toggles for easy pulling with gloved hands and are both big enough to take a folded OS Map. When the zips are fully closed the zip slider sits inside a little flap of material to help prevent rain and snow getting into my pockets. The chest pocket is also fully zipped (from bottom to top, complete with the little zip slider garage), toggled for gloved hands and large enough to take a mobile phone, wallet and bunch of keys.
The full length front zip is similarly toggled and has a baffle behind it to prevent water ingress. It zips all the way up to my chin and can be unzipped from the bottom should the need arise.
The hood is peaked and roomy enough to take a woolly hat, fleecy hood or baseball hat but not a bike or scrambling helmet. A toggle at the back of the hood allows for reducing the hood volume and toggles on either side allowed me to draw the hood tight around my face to keep out the worst of the weather.
The Outflow Jacket is waterproof and makes a very good job at keeping out the wind and rain. If you fully close the pocket zips then the pockets are waterproof too - but you do have to fully close them. The breathability of the jacket is pretty good too and better than some more expensive jackets. When working hard and wearing good breathable base layers I found only a few water droplets on the inside of the material around the underarm vents and the contact points of my rucksac. (I do 'run hot' and sweat quite a lot.)
Stylish and well fitting, Regatta's Outflow Jacket offers good weather protection against wind and rain all year round and is breathable. Perfect for all kinds of walks and low rambles anytime when rain is forecast - and light enough to carry anyway when it is not. At £100 srp this Point 214 range Outflow Jacket Waterproof Jacket from Regatta does a better job at keeping you dry than some of the more expensive alternatives.
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