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66 North - Vatnajökull Softshell Jacket - Softshell jacket tested

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I would definitely not buy this jacket again

I have had this jacket for a couple of years but not had the opportunity to use it in very wet weather. The jacket does have a nice feel to it and is comfortable for walking. However, I have just walked a mile over a period of about 20 minutes on level ground in heavy rain and i am soaked to the skin. This has to be the least water proof jacket i have ever worn. Very disappointing for such an expensive item of clothing. I would have been drier if i had used a bin bag with a hole cut into it. I bought this jacket for walking in the mountains but could only recommend it for dry conditions. What is the point of putting waterproof zips on a jacket that has been made of non-water resisting fabric. Everything in my pockets was soaked. A real waste of money!

  • Advantages
    Windproof
    Lightweight
  • Disadvantages
    Bad zip
    Not waterproof
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Kosta (Community) | Customer Service
10.11.2015 16:07

Hello John,

first of all sorry for such a bad experience with the jacket.

But you have to know, this is just a water repellent jacket.
A Softshelljacket si always only water repellent and primarily windproof and serves as a protection against cold.

Hope I could explain it to you

Cheers
Kosta

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Tobias | Bad Marienberg
04.12.2015 15:40

I cannot confirm this opinion! I have had this jacket for years as well and I work in Iceland every summer. I have been on a long hike and got caught in persistent rain that lasted 4 hours. 3 of those I have been completely dry and even after I took off the jacket after 4 hours there were only some slightly wet patches on the shoulders. This is by far the best softshell jacket I have ever possed! It is not a Hardshell! And for that it does an incredibly good job with the water just dripping right of the surface of it for a really long time. I could imagine though, that in extremely heavy rain it would last those 3 hours, but again, that is definitely not the purpose of a softshell jacket!

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  • Advantages
    Good cut
    Breathable
    Windproof
  • Disadvantages
    Not waterproof
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| Bad Marienberg

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    Breathable
    Good cut
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