I am writing to tell you how I am so very pleased with one of your garments – the Alligin Jacket. It is not just the jacket design but also the Ventile material.
It may be one thing to get customer praise but let me put my own experience of the Alligin into some more context, so that you can maybe share it with other potential customers, who are new to Ventile
I am a mid century aged male, medium build, who has years of active lifestyle, across mountain walking, cross country skiing, road and off-road cycling and long distance running behind me. In that time I have used many fabrics and garment designs. Nothing works perfect in every situation. However I am generally finding better all round comfort by moving more away from synthetic materials.
When active, I tend to move quite fast and generate a lot of heat that manifests itself in perspiration. Most synthetics still get very damp, or condense on the inside, so when I stop I then chill if not careful. I want better breathability or less dampness on my skin
The Alligin has been in daily use in the 2 winter months, since purchase on 15th Feb 2013. It is walked to work 45 minutes each way every day, has crampon walked 4 days of Munros, dug snow holes, endured 10 days of forest and east Cairngorm plateau off-track skiing (-7 to +3 C), one week off-track skiing in Telemark region of Norway (-5 to -15C)…and also walked the neighbours dog.
Alligin design – lovely hood, even for a glasses wearer. Waist pockets perfect to stuff gloves and rest hands in. Longish in sleeves and waist so that all the vitals are protected, unlike more mainstream manufactur designs. Big chunky zips that work first time without snagging. Medium size still looks sensible proportions with just a single base layer underneath, yet add a serious outer fleece jacket and two thermal inner shirts (total 3 inner layers) and still fits with total ease for movement. A winter down jacket underneath is a hint restrictive but that was never the Alligins remit
Ventile single layer – so good. Lightweight, total windproof and when the wind blows not a single vibration sound that synthetic fabrics yield. While single layer was to help me breath, it absorbs perspiration yet never feels heavy or that damp next to my inner clothes proving that dampness goes outwards. Best of all, whether damp or dry, Ventile always feels gently warm and soft, not in an insulation way but soft-feel warm that is comfortable regardless of how hard your body is working or even when cooling down. Mean while synthetics always feel cold and hard, more so in winter conditions. Wet weather test has been only 3 days – light and medium rain for 1 hour each and 1hour of sleet. In all conditions no wet got through. The damp areas were due to myself, much as the synthetic breathable trousers were also damp due to myself. To be fair I still need several hours of persistent rain to proof the Ventile single later water-proofness
I will definitely be back, later this year, to order a double Ventile jacket for more all day travels in longer inclement mountain weather. What is so exciting is the ability to factor in personal design features and a range of colours. Beat that High Street manufacturers !
I enclose a few photos of the Alligin in winter action. Come summer weather I will love to take this jacket everywhere