Balance [Womens]waterproof jacket
Quite simply the best tech fabric, uncomplicated design: with both form and function. Highly breathable, waterproof, low weight with a great cut
Balance [Womens] waterproof jacket
The classic waterproof breathable 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.
What's very special about this jacket is the technical performance of the fabric. The waterproof capability of our fabric measures 20,000 HH and the breathability scores 30,000 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.
- 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
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: 20,000 mm
MVTR: 30,000 g/sqm/24hrs
Weight (g): 8: 265, 10: 280, 12: 295, 14:310
YKK Aquaguard zips
PFOA Free C6 Type 80/20 DWR
Origin: United Kingdom
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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Light, packable and keeps me dry
Bought this when I moved back to the north west and I'm glad I did. It fits easily into a 1l drysack and it's light enough to live in my handbag or daysack. It's kept me perfectly dry in the worst that Lancs and Cumbria has thrown at me so far. The cut is flattering and not restrictive and I can just about fit a lightweight down jacket underneath without squishing the down. A two way zip would have been useful for riding but other than that it's great.
Great summer waterproof
I bought this a year ago as a lightweight summer waterproof for a bit of hill walking in Yorkshire (and everyday dog walking). It's had a lot of use in the past weeks. It's totally waterproof and very breathable, and the hood is nice and deep and stays put even in windy weather. The sizing is "neat" - I normally take a M or size 12, and the size 12 in this jacket is barely large enough to fit a t-shirt and microfleece underneath, but that's OK as I bought it just for summer. The fit and length are otherwise very good and the sleeves are nicely in proportion.
Good Wee Jacket
I bought this jacket as I was looking for a lighter waterproof that didn't compromise on quality for various adventures in the wet. I've had good experiences with previous Alpkit gear so took a punt when on sale a couple of months ago. I'm glad I did!
It has been able to withstand some nasty Scottish rain without me getting wet on the inside. It is also the most breathable waterproof jacket I have owned which I am loving - no more sweltering away on the inside. The jacket isn't lined but has a wonderfully soft inner coating that doesn't get clammy. It packs up reasonably small and fits easily in the top lid of my rucksack.
I'm normally a size 10 but that was a little too snug around the backside and hips so I sized up to a 12. It's a little big but I don't mind too much, it lets some air ventilate in the summer and will accommodate an extra layer in the winter. I cannot fault Alpkit's customer service, I had the replacement within 4 days of sending mine off.