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Balance [Mens]waterproof jacket

Quite simply the best technical fabrics and uncomplicated design gives both form and function. Highly breathable, waterproof, low weight with a great cut

Balance [Mens] waterproof jacket

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The classic breathable waterproof jacket if you want one shell for all your outdoor activities, to keep you comfortable and dry without weighing you down. Just the features you need and none of the ones you don’t.

'Balance is a near flawless lightweight all rounder. Sub-300g weight, very breathable, good hood and thorough all-round design and build quality.' Outdoors Magic

Balance uses a 3L fabric with special wicking knit backer to make it more comfortable next to the skin, a PU membrane for high waterproof breathable performance, and a durable nylon face fabric. It gives a good balance of weight, durability and performance.

Whats very special about this jacket is the technical performance of the fabric. The waterproof capability of our fabric measures 25,000 HH and the breathability scores 35,000 g/sqm/24hrs MVTR. Check out how the breathability and waterproof capability of our fabrics compares with other brands and you will see just how good our fabrics are.

So you get two map sized hand pockets (positioned out of the way of your rucksack hip belt or harness waistband) which double as vents for your core with their part mesh lining. A fully adjustable hood and hem, water resistant zips and internal zip flap and chin guard allow you to batten down the hatches when it’s foul out. The cuffs are designed to be super comfortable with a combination of VELCRO® Brand and elastic, which make them glove friendly but also easy to push up your arms to cool off if need be. We’ve been disciplined about the features, in order to maintain a respectably light weight but durable jacket that gives you what you need and nothing you don’t.

The breathable waterproof you’ll want to wear for all your activities, whether it’s hiking, biking, scrambling or paddling.  Designed with selected features and fabric to balance weight, durability and breathability, with a special wicking backer to keep you comfortable all day long.

Key features
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
  • Fully adjustable hood with stiffened and wired peak
  • 2 map sized hand pockets (positioned above harness/ waist belt)
  • Part mesh-lining in pockets allows them to double as vents
  • YKK Aquaguard water resistant zips
  • Internal storm flap and chin guard
  • Velcro and elasticated cuffs for ease of use over gloves, or for pushing up arms to ventilate
  • Cuff shaped over the back of the hand for extra protection 
  • Minimal visible stitching, to reduce snag and wear points
  • Bonded hem construction, fully adjustable hem
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Vital stats

Mid-weight (92 gsm) 3 layer fabric,
Nylon ripstop face 12d x 15d with 50d ripstop
PU membrane and bi-component knit backer with permanent wicking function
Hydrostatic head: 25,000 mm
MVTR: 35,000 g/sqm/24hrs
100% windproof
Weight (g): S: 305, M: 315, L: 335, XL:355, XXL:
YKK Aquaguard zips
PFOA Free C6 Type 80/20 DWR

Origin: China

The fabric is a 3 layer laminate, meaning it has an outer fabric, a membrane, and a back side fabric. Vital statistics are as follows for the gear geeks: 20,000 mm HH and 30,000 g/sqm/24hrs MVTR. That means it is very waterproof and very breathable (as well as being completely windproof). So what’s so special about this fabric then? The back side of the fabric is made of a special bi-component knit which gives it permanent wicking capabilities (there’s no chemical wizardry to it, so it can’t wash out) and makes it particularly pleasant to wear next to the skin. The 3D texture feels more like a technical t-shirt than the back of a waterproof, which makes it super comfortable and means you won’t get that clammy, sticky feeling when you’re working hard in the rain. When it’s hot out you can wear a short sleeve tee underneath and not get the sensation of a wet plastic bag sticking to your arms, but when it’s cold that 3D texture also adds a little bit of insulation to your layering system by trapping a tiny layer of air within the structure. Now that’s what we call versatile! The particular combination of face fabric and backer is soft and quiet compared to many waterproof fabrics, so you might find yourself reaching for it even when it’s not actually raining! We’ve balanced the features and the fabric weight to give you a respectably light but functional jacket, which would be our go-to waterproof for most activities.

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We offer a range of finance options from 0% to 9.9% starting on orders over £500. Please give us a call on 01773 417007 to apply for finance. Our customer support heros will take your order and talk you through the quick and easy application process.

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If one of our products does not meet your expectations upon delivery or, if it does not live up to the demands placed upon it, please return it within 3 years of purchase for repair, replacement or refund. If the problem is our fault then we will do this to your satisfaction if it’s your fault then we will help out the best we can.
Mens sizing
Chest (inches) 37" 40" 43" 46" 49"
Waist (inches) 30" 32" 34" 36" 38"

These size charts show the body measurements that an Alpkit garment of a given size is designed to fit. They are not actual garment measurements. Measure yourself as described below, and use the size chart to find your size.

Chest: measure around your chest at the widest part. The tape measure should pass under your arms, and be level from front to back.
Waist: measure around your waist at the narrowest part.
Hips: standing with your feet together, measure around your hips at the widest part.

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10 Reviews


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Hits just the spot.

Fantastic cut, on par with jackets twice the price. Having broad shoulders, still fit's snug, but not tight. A pairing with the Filoment Jacket, and it works like a beauty without being constricting.

Breathability for someone who warms very quickly was awesome, no claggyness, so no unnecessary sweating.

Absolutely gleaming.

Flipping Amazing

Bought this jacket as a Christmas present for myself, well no one else was going too. Firstly, the fit is perfect. I'm a small and I'm using this for mountain biking and hiking and it's nice and snug, so no flapping which is just how I like it. The blue is an amazing colour, like really amazing, like really, really amazing. Love the hood, proper old school fit so it fits properly and snugly. My last jacket (B'haus) had a fancy hood design and it was pants so it's nice to have a draw cord at the back and two at the sides. Works beautifully. Finally, and this may sound weird it feels amazing, kinda soft. So love this jacket so much. Actually like it that much I've just bought another for mountain biking and using this for hiking, traveling, living in. Thanks Alpkit I love you :o)

Marc Stapleford
Balance Jacket

I purchased this jacket as I love Alpkit clothing and have purchased loads in the past. I spend a lot of time outdoors mountain biking and hiking in the mountains. The reviews were great and I was after a waterproof jacket which could withstand the outdoors and the Snowdonia weather. Very surprised and disappointed! I have worn this twice once at Cannock Chase for a walk and today up the Rydd Du Trail, Snowdon. Both times I have been wet through to my base. I am very surprised as all my other Alpkit clothing has been great! Not very impressed with this jacket, especially with the great reviews and specification. May be I have a dud! But only telling the truth. Complete waste of money :( and feeling a bit disappointed.


Product Team:
“We have contacted Marc, and hope to get the jacket back to us soon as it doesn’t appear to be performing to the standard that other customers have experienced.”

Longterm use

I bought this jacket on the introductory offer when Balance was first released. I have used it as a general day-to-day jacket, in the rain on the Lakeland Fells, as a x-country/ enduro MTB jacket and on my daily 10-mile cycle commute.

Breathability? Excellent
Waterproof? Absolutely
Durability? Save for the small oil on the front (sorry Alpkit) it looks like new!

I paid £145 for this jacket. Would I pay £175? Without hesitation!

Conclusion: Fantastic! Alpdudes, feel free to allow yourselves some smug grins!

Great Balance Jacket

I have used the Balance jacket for several months. It's been used throughout Oct doing DofE on Bodmin moor and Dartmoor, the 2016 OMM and running on the North Cornish coast. It breaths really well, during fast paced runs in warm wet conditions you don't feel like "you are boiling in a bag" or generating excessive moisture. The material feels ok next to skin (not sticky or clammy) and the pockets are very effective at managing the temperature. The hood fits well and the material is quiet next to the ears. The medium fits my slim build really well. This has turned into my go to jacket for outdoor activities in poor weather.

Just everything i wanted, no more.

I got this jacket a few weeks ago, so this is more a review of the cut, features and design than the long term performance. That said, it's light and nice to wear and very breathable in heavy rain at the moment (at least while the DWR is new..). The fabric (whatever it is) seems high quality and nice to wear.

The cut is perfect, although small really is small (for once) so don't get caught out. The hood is spacious and benefits from having both a wire and a plastic former. The two main pockets are OS map sized and in the right place for use with a harness. The cut is long enough to not ride up, but short enough to not get in the way. None of this sounds like rocket science, but i've not found another jacket that has all these things right. There's nothing unnecessary, it's functional, stylish enough and cheap.. For a first iteration design it's kind of unbelievable!

Well done Alpkit.

Love it

Had the coat for about a month now and have tried and tested it in a range of conditions from low to high energy activities - it's kept my dry and comfortable throughout. Very happy and would thoroughly recommend.

A bit about the fit - I went for a size medium and am 6ft with an athletic build, the fit is snug but not too tight, with enough space for a fleece midlayer. I have quite long arms and often struggle to find a medium sized coat which properly fits, I'm happy to report that the Balance does and the handy elasticated cuffs mean I can roll them up if I get a bit toasty.

Angus Smith
great coat, great price

never owned a coat so good, light and waterproof

Great Jacket

Got my balance jacket about two weeks ago. Used it for first time on the waterfall walk at Pontneddfecan, rained all all day and was very humid. The balance performed well and kept me dry and comfy.


Bought this about 2 weeks ago and wore it scrambling on Tryfan the other day. The weather was horrible- driving rain and wind but still quite warm. Jacket performed brilliantly, kept me dry and breathed really well. Defiantly the best hard shell I have owned.


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OutdoorsMagic Balance Reivew

Everyone who tried it loved the Balance. A cracking lightweight walking and all-round outdoors jacket here with a great cut and flawless function. And the price is super competitive for what you get

Outdoors Magic

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