Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rain, Rain Go Away: Mountain Warehouse Rapture Review

The products in this post were provided for review. All views and opinions are my own and I have not been further compensated to feature these products.

I have nightmares about waterproof jackets, I grew up in the Lake District and I had some seriously ugly coats forced on me over the years. Fast forward a decade or so, I realised after being contacted by Mountain Warehouse about this review, that the only waterproof jacket I now own is my hi-viz cycling jacket (Endura Luminite for anyone interested), and I don't always want to be that visible if I'm honest...

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So what's the deal? Well the Rapture jacket is part of the women's running clothes range, so it's designed perhaps less for heavy duty mountaineering but for running or maybe cycling on wetter days. Until quite recently, it's been my favoured jacket for walking Monty (I say until recently as his health has now taken a fair tumble) when at my parents place.

It's lightweight, which is also great for shoving in the top of a weekend bag or suitcase if you're taking trips into unpredictable climates, the roll up hood is great because having something flapping about in the wind when not in use is not ideal and all the zips (including the pockets) are reflective for some added visibility- walking the dog with a torch, January woes!

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I'm yet to be caught in more than a shower- mostly because our friesian spaniel is not what you'd call a water baby, but the 3 year guarantee speaks volumes for it's ability to keep the water out. I also really like the fit- the shape is flattering, but it's not so tight I can't get an extra layer on underneath on cooler days and it's not flapping about in the wind. There's also the air vents under the arms which help keep temperatures sensible when I'm in powerwalk mode. Given the early arrival of autumn, I foresee this jacket becoming a part of my kit for marathon training. I foolishly decided not to bother with anything waterproof for my most recent long run, and regretted it- especially knowing this was at home.

The Rapture jacket is available to buy on the Mountain Warehouse website, it's on sale at the moment for £59.99. It's only available in blue which wouldn't necessarily be my usual colour choice, but I don't dislike it- I would love to see it in a shade of grey or green in future seasons.
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