This time of the year is the wet time to camp and hike, but I enjoy it with the changing of the colors, the grey skies and showers – from time to time. The folks at Woolrich asked me to checkout one of their Mountain Parkas. Although it doesn’t rain much in Southern California this time of year, I did get a chance to check it out this week with the rain and colder weather. I gotta say… it sure is warm and dry. I think I can spray a hose on this Parka and stay completely dry. I’m looking forward to taking it up the mountains this winter to see how it performs in the snow!
The materials the Parka is made of are obviously meant to last. The two-way zipper system is great. Once the Parka is zipped up you can easily vent or get at stuff in your pants pocket easily, using the bottom zipper. The drawstrings are a nice addition and certainly come in handy to cinch in the hood and around your waist to hold in the heat. My son, Wes, took the Parka on an overnight hike/camp trip and was pleased with how warm it is, with the wool liner. Nice touch! Even if you’re wet, this wool Parka will keep you toasty.
It has 4 Velcro pockets, two breast pockets and two waist pockets. I really enjoyed the oversize waist pockets, which I was able to fit a lot of supplies in. One unique feature I found was the break in wool liner near the butt of the Parka (see picture). This provided a nice patch of material to sit on to keep my butt nice and dry when I would sit on the wet ground or soaked logs, and wouldn’t get the wool liner all dirty and wet. All of the tightening cords make it easy to create a custom fit for this jacket.
One downside to the Parka was that the shoulders are a bit tight which makes layering a little difficult, and a removable hood would have been a good bonus. But, overall I believe this is a great Parka, very waterproof and warm which is what you need when hiking and camping this time of year.
For more information on this great Woolrich Parka go to: Mountain ParkaTags: camping equipment, camping gear, cold camping, cold weather camping, survival, winter campingIf you liked this post, buy me a coffee.