The Proximity is the heaviest jacket tested and also one of the warmest and most water resistant. The fairly thick outer fabric is in fact waterproof but the seams aren’t taped so the jacket will leak in heavy rain. A grid pattern fleece lining provides the warmth, which I would say is equivalent to a windproof shell plus microfleece top. The fabric is comfortable and quite stretchy. The fit is generous though and I didn’t really need the stretch. I can easily wear the medium size over a base layer and a lightweight fleece. Breathability seems okay when moving slowly in cold weather but I soon overheated in this jacket. For me it’s really one for winter. There are long underarm/side zips for venting some heat but the internal stretch cuffs prevent all ventilation in the arms. This isn’t a jacket if you like using pockets while on the move as the hem ones are covered by a hipbelt. There is a pocket on the sleeve but it’s so tiny as to be almost useless. The hood gives good protection but there’s no peak or front stiffening. For a jacket with such good protection the price is low.

First published: November 2013

Overview

  • Overall: 3-5 out of 5

Pros: weather resistance, warmth, cost

Cons: heavy, no chest pockets

  • Details: PRICE Ј80 MATERIALS 94% polyester/ 6% spandex, 100D waterproof/breathable membrane, 100% polyester grid fleece HOOD adjustable FRONT closure water-resistant zip with inner flap underarm/side zips water-resistant POCKETS 2 hem, 1 sleeve CUFFS stretch, thumb loops SIZES XS-XXL WEIGHT 818 grams snugpak.co.uk
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