Jacket

Jacket for climbing must meet demanding criteria and we should pay close attention to its quality. With a little exaggeration it can be compared to the armour that protects us from the attacks of bad weather. The first thing we should take into account while choosing the jacket is that the jacket needs to be a bit larger than our usual clothes, because underneath we will wear other layers of thermal clothing. The sleeves must be long enough even for our hands stretched upward, because during climbing we’ll have our hands up quite often. We must be able to tighten the ends of the sleeves, preferably by Velcro strap. Tightening should be easy even with gloves on. The lower edge of the jacket should ideally reach to the crotch. Jacket cannot restrict movement, it is necessary to try to bend, squat and rotate the torso to the sides. Shoulders (due to the backpack), elbows (due to the climbing) and lower buttocks (due to the sitting) of the jacket should be reinforced with thicker material (e.g. Cordura), because these are the places where the jacket wears the most and such reinforcement extends the period of jacket’s service live.

1 – tightening of the hood visor; 2 – collar tightening; 3 – shoulders reinforcement; 4 – forearm reinforcement; 5 – slider of the lower zipper; 6 – tightening of the jacket’s bottom edge; 7 – hood with peak; 8 – collar; 9 – slider of the upper zipper; 10 – large pocket; 11 – openable and closable ventilation in the armpits; 12 – waist drawstring; 13 – tightening of the sleeve ends

1 – tightening of the hood visor; 2 – collar tightening; 3 – shoulders reinforcement; 4 – forearm reinforcement; 5 – slider of the lower zipper; 6 – tightening of the jacket’s bottom edge; 7 – hood with peak; 8 – collar; 9 – slider of the upper zipper; 10 – large pocket; 11 – openable and closable ventilation in the armpits; 12 – waist drawstring; 13 – tightening of the sleeve ends

It is also necessary to check how smoothly all of the tightening straps on the jacket can adjust, if the closure of the drawcords can be easily squeezed and whether their handling is possible even while wearing gloves. You also need to pay attention to whether the closures are secured against the loss and cannot slide down the drawcords. Individual draw cords cannot move in any position in such a way as to reach our face. They would painfully whip us in the wind.

Pay special attention to the hood. It has to be large enough to accommodate the helmet. This, however, implies that if we don’t wear the helmet, the hood is too large and must be drawn down. First, from the front to the back, which is usually regulated by Velcro strap placed on the back of the outside of the hood. Next we must be able to tighten the visor of the hood. The visor’s shape can be improved by reinforcing of the peak. The neck of the hood must not be too short; otherwise the hood would hang on the head instead of resting on our shoulders, which is not comfortable. Hood seams must be sealed the same way as on other parts of the jacket. After putting of the hood on it must rotate together with the head, so that we still have a clear view ahead.

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