JACK WOLFSKIN COMPOSITE DYNAMIC JACKET WOMEN & MEN

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They Say -

  • Robust
  • Dual-stretch
  • Wind-resistant
  • Moisture-regulating
  • Shorter length

The sporty COMPOSITE DYNAMIC jacket is perfect for physically demanding alpine treks. The main material is dual-stretch, wind-resistant and robust. It also provides light insulation. On the sides, a fabric with a high level of stretch comfort ensures even more freedom of movement. It increases the air circulation and immediately wicks away moisture to the outer material, where it evaporates quickly.

  • Two-way stretch
  • NANUK DYNAMIC fleece with a warm interior and durable, wind-resistant exterior
  • Sides: robust, extremely stretchy fabric with an impressive UV protection factor of 50+ (according to AS/NZS 4399 1996), specially designed interior for good air circulation and Active Moisture Management (DYNAMIC UV Q.M.C.)
  • Integrated hood Zip chest pocket, two zip side pockets

See the jackets online at http://www.jack-wolfskin.co.uk/

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We Say - We wore these fleeces for 3 weeks during our backpacking and camping trip to the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Here’s Lamia’s view of hers first, then comes mine.

“All during that 3 weeks we were surrounded by lots of other hikers and campers, and looking around at the way they appeared, I did feel a lot better dressed then them. With brands like Jack Wolfskin you’re not only paying for a quality product, you’re also definitely paying for a more refined outdoors look, and that’s important to me when I’m out hiking for weeks and everything gradually becomes more smelly and dirty with each passing day. On that same note though, this fleece didn’t smell that bad considering that I did wear it straight, every day, for three weeks. Of course it had an odour but nothing that made me feel I couldn’t go out in public with it. I usually paired my fleece with a base layer around camp, and then layered it on top with a Jack Wolfskin waterproof jacket, and this combination kept me warm and dry during the Scottish summer (meaning, during the cold, rainy days).

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The deep pockets allowed ample storage, all secured with a discreet zip, and a place to get my hands warm after putting the tent up or just relaxing inside the tent in the evenings. The top chest pocket I usually used to keep things safe and easy to find, like my lip balm, or sometimes money. It’s small and perfect for those things.
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After a week of wearing the fleece hiking, I started noticing that the cuffs were showing signs of wear. The cuffs started becoming bobbly and almost like shedding.
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Other than that, the rest of the fleece looked fine during the hike. Midway through our camping trip, we had a few days of a campfire on the peninsula of Knoydart and the cuffs did get a bit black from the campfire smoke, and after coming back home and putting it in the wash, it’s still not looking top form, so maybe it needs a good wash in a hotter water temperature to get it back to looking almost new.

I’d say this is a decent hoodie and it does the job. It kept me warm during my hiking in Scotland but I don’t think it retains its looks; it’s looking a bit sad and worse for wear. That’s after three weeks of constant wear though so fair enough maybe.

The fleece fitted me perfectly, it’s a size Medium and I’m typically a UK size 8-10. It moved well with me and didn’t feel restrictive whilst walking or relaxing in it. It’s not made of the softest material, but it’s very hardy and durable, perfect for hiking but not to lounge around the house in, I’d say, it hasn’t got that comfy feel that you’d associate with a lounge sweater.

Overall, I’d say this is a great hiking fleece for it’s durability and hard wearing capabilities, providing sufficient warmth (once paired with base layer and top layer for cooler days), the hoodie providing shelter and many pockets to store your things. Take it with you hiking and you definitely won’t regret having it, especially as it makes a good pillow in your tent at night!

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I’d say, to add to what Lamia has said, that yes, the cuffs of mine have gone bobbly as well. That’s the only downside of this fleece though. The inside pockets are huge , large enough for an A5 size map or to rest my SLR camera in, which is handy, and the hood is windproof and thin enough to be able to hear things behind me when in camp or on the trail. This is an important point; I want to be protected from the wind but not isolated so much that I can’t hear another hiker coming up on the path behind me, or wildlife approaching whilst in camp. A jacket hood generally cuts out all this noise, so it was good to be able to have the fleece hood up to stay protected but still in touch with what was going on.
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On the odd occasion when the weather forecast warned of a clear sky all day I wore it as my outer layer and was pleased with it. It gave me plenty of room for movement, felt comfy and cut out the wind.

After a day on the rainy trail though, when I was generally just wearing a baselayer and jacket, I really appreciated this fleece. It was something warm and comfy to change into, in the tent, and on the nights when it dropped below zero (yes, it was summer, they said it was the coldest August temperatures ever recorded apparently) I wore it whilst I slept, as my sleeping bag was only good down to 5 degrees.

If you don’t mind the cuffs getting bobbly after a few weeks of constant wear, this is a decent fleece. Check it out at http://www.jack-wolfskin.co.uk/

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