Outer shell jackets
I will check out the drifters gear. On a positive note though, the Kway Killi is 15 000 mvt[font=Segoe UI, Segoe UI Emoji, Segoe UI Symbol, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]. Which is the best i have seen locally, and is better than my current 'disintegrating' jacket.[/font]
"To those who are enthralled by mountains, their wonder is beyond all dispute. To those who are not, their allure is a kind of madness." - Mountain
For most conditions, I wear a wicking nylon/polyprop type of short sleeve T-shirt (winter & summer the same)
I then cover my arms with arm protectors (white in summer, black in winter).
This suits me well during daytime hiking, but if the wind starts blowing or during the night, I usually put a 100 fleece over this first base layer. If the wind or cold cuts through this, I'll put the outershell on.
Very rarely will I have to wear my down jacket while hiking - I can only remember two times in snow on the escarpment with a lot of wind that I had to wear the down jacket underneath the outer shell. Different story when I stop or start to cool down, then the down jacket is definitely used.
Also consider this fact when you buy your outer shell. Whatever warm jacket you have will need to fit underneath the outer shell.
advocate_gerrie_nel wrote: Just something to add here - Bold Gear (SA company) makes a rain jacket with a 20K rating for both waterproof and breathability. Likely more of a running jacket, but worth a check out. I have met a guy that does adventure racing etc and he claims the jacket works. I am not convinced but it is made from eVent (with a good international reputation?) and is locally manufactured.
I am not aware of any factories in SA that have a license to produce products using eVent. Happy to be proven wring though, but I know of a few that claim to have this license when in act it is a lie. Just double-check before purchase.
Serious tribe wrote: I got the KWay Staden soft shell jacket in around May, but have only used it once hiking. Though if you can afford it, the Killi soft shell version for about R2500 seems more soft, flexible and packable..
I'm curious, how do you find it for/as...
Remaining acceptably dry (it's wicking capabilities) whilst on the move?
Thoughts in general.
Very wind resistant.
Haven't used it while hiking or in drizzle. Not sure you would want to get it wet for any extended period of time though, it takes time to dry after washing it. I would rather use a water proof shell if it started drizzling for extended period of time.