Summer is almost upon us once again and with Summer comes lots of walking, camping, hiking, a little sunshine and usually a lot of rain. Yes unfortunately the Great British weather will always be unpredictable and the “I never know what to wear” is probably one of my most famous sayings. Therefore if one is planning a long walk, hike or even a day out with the kids this Summer, then it's a good idea to invest in a lightweight good waterproof jacket for when the heavens decide to open. And it just so happens I have the perfect one.
When you think of “Outdoor wear” or “hiking gear” or even just “Waterproofs”, the first place that comes to many minds (and mine included) is Trespass. They have around 150 stores across the UK as well as their website. They have been around for years and sell pretty much everything you can think of to do with the outdoors. With it being (almost) Sunmer, their main focus at present is Summer outdoors and hiking and I was able to pick myself a pretty cool waterproof jacket. Just look at this!
This is the Claudia Women's Waterproof Jacket and forms part of the new Summer range at Trespass. I can't recall the reason I picked this one over the many others but I think it just seemed to jump out at me and call out “Pick Me, Pick Me!” but I just really really love it.
I am a fan of wearing anything white too, tho it's usually a short dress and heels at the weekend. The colour of this is actually called “Ghost” and there are 2 other colour choices of the same jacket if White isn't your thing.
Sizing starts from XXS which I think is probably a size 4 and goes up to a XXL. I chose a medium just to be on the safe side and save the hassle of needing to enchant it but I could of easily got in the smaller one too.
This is the jacket the day it arrived and still tagged. It is pretty much a ghost white colour all over with the sleeves being slightly darker. The red outline all round really makes the jacket stand out. It seems to contrast the outdoor style with everyday fashion and therefore can be worn whenever the mood takes or the rain decides to fall.
Of course Trespass coats look good but there's more to them than meets the eye. They are of course designed for the outdoors and whatever the British weather decides to throw at us from one day to the next. This jacket is therefore not short of features. The outer material is waterproof to 5000mm, breathable to 5000mvp, windproof and also has added taped seams for boosted waterproof protection. Additionally, this jacket is also mesh lined to increase comfort and enhance freshness when you are on the move. If that wasn't enough the jacket also boasts many pockets, including a water repellent zip chest pocket and 2 zipped hand pockets on the side of the jacket. The hood is cleverly hidden away behind the neck in another zipped pocket and easily pulled out and zipped away as the weather changes.
Anyway it's great to stare at it and even take photographs but nothing beats the feeling of putting on a new coat. Especially for us ladies.
And here I am (again) and yes that's a real smile on my face (a rarity these days!). It fits really well and the Medium size means there is lots of room inside. I have to say (without being vain) I do think it suits me well and I just love the colours, I even love the hood.
The day I received the jacket, I was in luck as it was actually blowing a storm outside, Rain, wind, gusts, trees swinging, the whole lot. Something I would never normally wish for but perfect for testing out a waterproof and wind proof coat, so that's what I did. I went out in the storm, wind banging, rain coming down in torrents, Wizard of Oz style weather.
Now that picture is me when I had just returned from the storm. Still half smiling and hair still in an okayish condition. Still in Bolton and not blown away to Oz or even Kansas ha!
Yes the beautiful jacket lives up to its tags and description. It kept me dry, it kept the wind from my body. I didn't feel unbelievably cold with it on but I didn't feel hot and sweaty either and it's just the same when wearing it on a warmer day too (which I have done many times since) I guess that's what it means by being “breathable” it stops sweating but keeps the body from being too cold too, which is quite impressive considering the jacket is very lightweight and seems quite thin when on. The hood is very generously sized to without being ridiculously large and it even stays up without any ties or press studs keeping it up. The wind blew but the hood seemed to stay. If going on long hikes or overnight treks then what you wear underneath a jacket such as this will obviously help in maintaining body temperature.
The pockets are a big enough size to hold an iPhone and of course keep it dry. Having a few of them reduces the need for me to take a bag on a short trip or school run as I can also pop my keys in another or money, make up or anything else and it will all keep dry and safetly zipped away.
It is certainly worth investing that little extra for a good coat such as this one. Not only does it keep me dry and pretty warm but it looks pretty good with whatever I wear too. I love it! This will certainly be coming with me on any hikes and long walks I go on this Summer.
Now for the price. It costs £49.99 directly from Trespass. This is probably what the majority of people pay for a new coat anyway or there about a so well worth it in my opinion, for style, features and practicality.