I purchased this jacket about 2 years ago. I live in it through the winter and wear it regularly through the scottish summer evenings. It accompanied me up north to finally climb Ben Hope (the most northerly of Scotland’s munros) through a cold spell in March 2016.
It’s too warm to wear in sheltered glens, and despite the polar air flow suppressing the temperatures it stayed firmly in my pack until we had ascended well above Strathmore and Loch Hope beyond the snowline into the stiff northerly breeze.
A big plus for this jacket is how small it packs down and it’s light weight, easily fitting into any corner of my bag. This allows me to take it with me on trips when I have no intention of using it with a clear conscience and gives peace of mind for those “just in case” scenarios.
Usually it’s too warm to move in for any length of time but on this occasion it was sufficiently cold to wear for the easy stroll above the mountain’s western cliffs to the summit plateau.
This is a great belay jacket for alpine conditions. Big hood for wearing helmets under, chunky zips for cold fingers and 3 decent sized pockets.
You needn’t go to 4000m to learn to love this jacket, however, as i've mooched around Chamonix town centre in it through the colder months as much as anything else. The fact I haven’t lost it means I must like it.
Verdict: Thoroughly recommend