Argonaut [Womens] waterproof jacket
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- Features At A Glance
- Care & Environmental Advice
- Size Guide
- Customer Reviews
In our wet and windswept corner of the planet, we sometimes forget just how big a deal a decent breathable waterproof jacket is. It’s not just staying warm and dry, it’s the possibilities it opens...
Simple doesn’t have to mean basic. Introducing the Argonaut: light, packable and reliable with a fully featured hood and best in its class performance – don’t let wet weather hold you back.
The Argonaut’s relaxed fit leaves plenty of space for you to layer it over a fleece or base layer, and room to move whatever the activity. It really is the Swiss Army knife of waterproofs, equally at home strolling up fells, riding churned up bridleways or wrestling tents up in a downpour.
With 10K/10K (HH/MVTR) performance for waterproofing and breathability the Argonaut will keep you protected and dry in all but the most extreme of British weather conditions. It’s also light and flexible for moving in or stashing away in a pack thanks to the 2.5 layer construction (it uses a super-thin PU backer to protect the membrane, reducing weight).
When you're working up a sweat on steeper inclines, the mesh-lined pockets can dump extra heat by doubling-up as vents. Additional thoughtful features include the fully adjustable roll-away hood and velcro-adjustable cuffs.
Approved by Trail Magazine
Read the review in the Spring 18 edition.
- 10K HH and 10K MVTR fabric is breathable and waterproof for moving in wet weather
- A relaxed fit allows easy layering and is unrestrictive for various activities
- 2.5 layer construction is lightweight, soft and packable for stuffing in rucksacks
- Mesh-lined pockets double as vents to dump extra heat when you’re working hard
- The roll away hood has side and rear adjusters for a secure fit in strong winds
- Velcro-adjustable cuffs, hem adjusters and a double storm flap on the main zip prevent leaks
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
Outer: 100% Nylon
Membrane: PU, coated 2.5 layer
DWR: PFOA Free C6
Hydrostatic head: 10,000 mm
Moisture Vapour Transfer Rate: 10,000 g/sqm/24 hrs
8: 280 g; 10: 290 g; 12: 295 g; 14: 310 g; 16: 330 g
We treat all our waterproofs with PFOA-free DWRs, cutting out some pretty nasty chemicals. Unlike our insulation and sleeping bag ranges, our waterproofs are not yet PFC-free. We’re still looking for a PFC-free DWR that’ll provide the same long-lasting performance for waterproofs, but we are working on it!
We make gear you’ll love for longer: gear that lasts; gear you’ll use, repair, re-use and pass onto someone else when you’ve finished with it. That’s why all our products have a three-year Alpine Bond warranty as minimum. We’ve always thought that the most environmentally friendly product we can make is the one that gets used the most and lasts the longest. So that’s what we do - it’s pretty simple really.
Product Care Information
The better you look after this jacket, the better (and longer) it’ll look after you. Well, when we say ‘look after you’... it’s not gonna make you cups of tea or bring you breakfast in bed, but it will keep you nice n’ dry. And the good news is: it’s dead easy to do.
1) After you’ve finished going nice places and doing good things, treat your jacket to a wash at 30°C with either a dedicated Tech Wash (like Grangers and Nikwax) or pure soap. This keeps your jacket breathable by stopping the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating from getting clogged up with dirt and skin oils. No one likes a sweaty, clammy jacket.
2) If it’s stopped beading (rain soaking in rather than forming droplets), you can reactivate the factory-applied DWR by sticking it in the tumble drier on a low setting or applying a cool iron to it (under a tea towel).
3) To keep your jacket beading, you’ll probably need to top up the DWR once or twice a year using a Grangers or Nikwax re-proofer. You can find out more about why this is important here.
If you’re still a bit unsure about washing your jacket, you can also take it/send it to our Ambleside store’s waterproof washing service and we’ll sort it all out for you.
What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
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Two years on...
It's exactly two years since I ordered my Argnonaut jacket, and I felt it needed a second review, as it really deserves more than the 3* I gave it previously.
This jacket has been absolutely fantastic... it is really light and packs down small, so it is a no-brainer to pop it in your bag 'just in case'. It has come with me on two long distance (800km) hikes through Spain, and was perfect for lightweight backpacking - surviving both snow and thunderstorms.
Despite being so light, the jacket is very windproof (which can't be said of most ultra-lightweight jackets) and I often wear it as a 'shell' layer with a couple of thermal layers, or a down jacket/gilet underneath.
The most surprising thing for me is that even after 2 years of heavy use, it is still waterproof. (I have washed and re-waterproofed the jacket every six months or so.) The weather has been really wet lately, and I have walked for a couple of hours in heavy rain three weekends in a row. I am so impressed that the jacket is still performing well and keeping me dry. The hood is generous and really keeps the rain off.
Yes - it's not perfect (and my previous comments about breathability still stand) but this is a really *fantastic* piece of kit (especially at this price!) and I will not hesitate to buy a new one when my current Argonaut finally show signs of wearing out.
Great value cagoule - worn in several downpours and no leaks.
On and off bike perfection
I've had numerous waterproofs for cycling over the years, none quite right, but this hits the sweet spot. Recently took it as my only coat for a 2 week tour of France & Belgium and it was perfect for both riding and sightseeing.
Am a size 12-14, got the 14 for warm layering space, excellent fit.
I wear this everyday for working outside; it is very waterproof. I am a size 10/12 and I got a 12 which is roomy enough to wear a fleece or midlayer underneath. Great affordable price for a great jacket.
Well done Alpkit, you've absolutely nailed this one. The sizing is spot on and the cut is perfectly designed for the female form. I bought it just before Christmas so it's had numerous testings in dreadfully wet weather whilst out on the hills, keeping me bone dry each time. The hood is great as it can be roll-tucked away using the tab, or when in use it can adjusted to the perfect fit using the draw cord so that it doesn't blow off in the wind. The deep zipped pockets are a handy size and I really like the colours too. Well done Alpkit, you get 5 ***** from me
Good lightweight, packable jacket
This is a great lightweight jacket and packs down small. It was great for 5 weeks with a super-light pack on the Camino de Santiago. The jacket fits well and the sleeves are nice and long. The hood is generous. It is windproof... I'm not convinced it will keep you "dry and comfy in all but the most extreme of UK weather conditions": I was quite damp after walking for an hour in constant rain. The main downside of the jacket is that it is not particularly breathable and could do with some proper pit zips. The mesh pockets are supposed to double as vents, but they don't really help that much with ventilation and you're at risk of things falling out of the pockets.