During the bitterly cold month of February 2008, I was preparing for a week-long tour of Eastern Europe with my school, as part of a history trip. We were going to make short stops in the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland, and we journeyed through northern France and the Netherlands on our travels. I was expecting snow, ice and freezing conditions – things I wasn’t used to, and badly needed to gear up for!
Outdoorgear4u helped me to find a limited edition Roxy ski jacket, and there was never a day that went by that I did not desperately need it!
Thankfully Britain is not as unbearably cold as Eastern Europe (although this is debatable!) but even now in 2011, I still wear my trusty Roxy jacket whenever I feel a chill in the air.
Many Ladies ski jackets can look outlandish, so as to stand out from the bright white snow of the mountains, but I wasn’t going skiing – and to be honest, I wasn’t too sure if I (or my friends… or my teachers!) would be impressed with the bizarre colours on a typical ski jacket!
But this Roxy jacket was black with a pattern of little white dots, so I felt it could be great as a casual jacket, and for every-day use after the trip.
There are tons of little hidden pockets in the jacket, so it was ideal for travelling light, especially as we spent most of our time in busy foreign cities and I needed to know where my purse, phone, hotel room key and mp3 player were at all times. It was better having them all on me in my coat, rather than separate in my Rucksack, both because it was more convenient to simply reach into a pocket instead of constantly throwing my bag down to rummage around, and also because I was aware (and made aware over and over by my teachers) of pickpockets!
Despite it’s many secret compartments, this coat is not fiddly, nor does it take long to navigate (if you are like me and end up putting your purse or phone in a different pocket each time you get it out!).
I personally can’t stand it when a coat has a fiddly zip! The type that takes so long to fasten up that your fingers freeze and go numb because you’ve had to take your Ski gloves off to do it! So thankfully this coat spares me the annoyance and makes use of Velcro or snap fasteners for the inside pockets.
Another feature of the jacket I was thankful for was the ‘snow/wind-skirt’ that I could tightly fasten up around my thighs to keep the warm in and the cold out! It’s great being able to take your coat off after braving the wind and rain, and be completely warm and dry underneath. I could allow myself to actually enjoy the snow that Britain encountered at the end of last year – I was practically snowball-proof!
The coat is rather thick, but not bulky (which is important for a ladies coat, right!?) and it allows a good amount of room if you want to double your layers. The hood, which is detachable, is large enough for me to wear my hat, hood or both, and wrap a thick scarf around me underneath it for extra warmth, without it being so big that it dwarfs my face.
It has proven a highly durable coat too – after 4 years, the only damage it has ever gone through is a broken hanging-loop. But it is still highly waterproof, and its fleecy lining is still completely intact. This is ideal for me, as the most activity I do wearing this coat is walking, so I don’t personally require or want a new coat every year.
All in all, this coat has been perfect for my pretty average townie life-style, even though it is a skiing jacket.
It has proven to be versatile in the way that it has done a great job keeping me warm regardless of where I have gone, from rainy Liverpool town to icy cold Poland (‘The place where its possible to stub your toe on a piece of grass’ – as one of my friends put it).
So, these things are all what I consider to be the advantages of wearing a ski jacket even if you aren’t always up in the mountains or in permanently extreme weather conditions.
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