On really cold and wet days, the Winter Storm jacket does a great job of shielding you from the worst of the elements. That’s partly down to just how well you can batten it down when the weather turns.
The high collar has a perforated inner storm flap, which can be poppered into place, allowing you to unzip slightly should you start to heat up. And heat up you will, if you’re doing much more than uplifting, unless it’s properly Baltic outside.
Thankfully the jacket has two huge vents on the chest, which do help to cool things slightly — though the effect can be stifled by pack straps.
Other handy features include two hand pockets and two chest pockets (all of which are zipped), a removable hood and silicone gripper print on both shoulders that helps keep your pack straps in place (though it does look a little glam rock!).
When it did properly pour, I was glad to have the Winter Storm to fall back on and was grateful for the adjustable openings, which ensured I could keep even the nastiest weather out.
The sturdy fabric not only keeps rain at bay but stands up well to a bit of wear and tear — you don’t need to be too precious with how this jacket gets treated, as it can handle it. The sturdy build does mean it isn’t exactly compact when packed down, though.