Our resident Scotland Outdoors teenager, Charlie, has been testing this new coat from German brand Jack Wolfskin.
Wolfskin has a large kidsâ€™ range and most of the clothing ranges in sizes from 1 to 15 years. Our Charlie is at the top end of that scale, so he tried the XL size (or 176cm).
The boffins at Jack Wolfskin actually develop their own fabrics, and by being able to use these fabrics instead of buying in Gore-Tex for example, the prices can be kept lower.
This winter hardshell is made from Texapore fabric, which is very similar to Gore-Tex, being breathable, windproof and waterproof (up to 10,000mm). The shoulders and hood area are made from a patterned version of the same fabric, and it all seems very robust and hardwearing. The jacket is padded with an artificial polyfibre, but not massively, so it should probably be worn with other layers. Elasticated cuffs and an adjustable hood keep out the chill, and thereâ€™s a chunky one-way YKK zip, with a wind baffle with velcro and pop stud, that goes right up past your chin.
On test: Jack Wolfskin Glacier Bay jacket
Charlie is pretty thin, and his shoulders are narrow, so the jacket hung a bit like on a coathanger really, but he said it felt cosy when he put it on. Itâ€™s reasonably long on him, coming well past his hips, which is useful in a downpour, keeping that area dry. Useful too, is the fact you can adjust the hem by pulling two cords at the hips. Charlie found this a bit fiddly at first, but once he got the hang of it, he loved the idea of keeping the wind out. The hood is padded and thereâ€™s a velcro tab at the back to adjust the volume. Itâ€™s elasticated at either side around the jawline, and thereâ€™s a deep fixed peak to keep off the rain. Thereâ€™s also a nice soft touch chin flap at the top of the main zip. The sleeves are padded too, and there is a mesh liner just above the cuffs to help with breathability. Thereâ€™s only two handwarmer pockets, soft lined, with zips and baffles, but Charlie would have liked a chest pocket (even an inside pocket) to stow his phone/iPod.
Charlieâ€™s been wearing this to school mainly â€“ the colourways are perfect for this (grey or blue), but there are plenty of reflective details â€“ across the back along the waist, pockets and zip hangers â€“ not to mention the trademark pawprints on each arm. Heâ€™s been out on the Pentlands too, and on these extended (and exposed) walks, he has felt a bit sweaty, so weâ€™re not sure about the breathability of the fabric. Itâ€™s not been raining much so we havenâ€™t had a chance to test the waterproofing, but certainly the jacket is warm (combined with a fleece), and windproof too. Bring on the snow!
Jack Wolfskin Glacier Bay jacket, Â£55-75 dependent on size.