Pulsar [Mens] waterproof breathable top
- Full Description
- Features At A Glance
- Care & Environmental Advice
- Size Guide
- Customer Reviews
We love waterproofs so much that we design them, make them, photograph them, and write about them.
The Pulsar has the protection of a technical waterproof that belies its soft nylon face. It is comfort and rustle-free stealth rolled into one feather light and stretchy bundle that you can comfortably wear instead of a windproof. Bung it on when you're out for a walk in changeable weather, keep it on for the customary pub trip after and throw it in your pannier for the cycle back to camp. It's so light that you'll forget it's there until you need it.
Pulsar is intended for action. The adjustable hood with wired peak fits snugly over a bike helmet, but you can also adjust it for running and walking too. The internal storm flap and chin guard reinforces Pulsar's stealth performance credentials, with a part-meshed reach-through pocket that means breathability isn't compromised. Adjustable cuffs make it versatile to walk, run, climb and ride in.
Made from premium Japanese 2.5 layer fabric with a soft yet durable nylon face, the Pulsar balances protection wind and rain with comfort and stretch for a more flattering fit. The PU membrane with 20K/20K performance keeps the rain out and allows moisture from your body to escape, which means you can comfortably leave it on longer.
- Comfortable and stretchy waterproof fabric for a flattering fit
- Adjustable hood with stiffened wired peak
- Internal storm flap and chin guard
- Velcro and elasticated cuffs easily fit gloves and roll up the arm
- Cuff shaped over the back of the hand for extra protection
- 1 large ‘reach through’ pocket with 2 zips for access, part meshed for breathability
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
Fabric: 2.5 layer PU membrane
Hydrostatic head: 20,000 mm
MVTR: 20,000 g/sqm/24hrs
YKK Aquaguard water resistant zips
Weight: S: 230 g; M: 250 g; L: 265 g; XL: 275 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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Top quality, bargain...
I'd been hanging my nose over this for yonks, finally picked one up in the Spacemaker Sale. Glad I did. Super soft and comfortable to wear, brilliantly waterproof and looks great. Could have got away with a medium, but wouldn't have left much room for a midlayer. Large a perfect fit for 5' 9" and 13st. Lovely jubbly....
Pulsar smock the socks off!!
Hi there, I want to share my views of the Pulsar smock having just purchased one last week from the lovely Alpkit staff at Keswick. I was in the lakes on holiday to take part in the La sportiva grand tour of skiddaw ultra marathon event on the Saturday (31st), I had all my kit but I've been hankering for for a 20k waterproof ultra light shell jacket to keep me dry and safe in remote places. I had been looking at various other jackets including the montane minimus smock and omm halo. I found the minimus almost to light weight and felt it could tear easily and the omm was only a 10k jacket. I read the pulsar reviews and took a look at it in the flesh. Its lovely and light, packs up small and the fabric for such a light jacket feels robust and its ripstop!!
All the technical features are bang on, articulated arms, high chin guard and the hood sinches down really tight, so perfect.
I bought the jacket on Tuesday and on Wednesday headed over blencathra in the mist and rain for a 3hr run with pack. The pulsar is superb, beads water well a d breathes very well too even given the pace and climbing.
My next outing in it really put it to the test, Saturdays ultra marathon. The weather was brutal on the fells around high pike with 50mph winds and sideways driving rain...I laughed my head off at the weather thinking "is that all you've got?"...again the pulsar performed flawlessly and it made my experience fun rather the horrific!!
So, if you want a top performance light weight shell jacket that will do the business then this is the one for you....at £100 its stonking value too. Alpkit sales, stores and customer service are also excellent.
Thanks Alpkit you local legends!!!
it is blooming great
it is blooming great this month I have skied in it (with a thermal layer under) . I have biked init & is wind & rain proof. Today during the lovely April showers it worked perfectly on the bike - not flapping like some non-bike specific jackets -overall 5 out of 5
Light, comfortably and totally waterproof
Bought as a lightweight waterproof for a weeks scrambling in Snowdonia. Large size on 40" chest is slim enough not to flap too much, and leaves room for a medium weight fleece. Held up perfectly to horrendous wind-driven rain on the Carneddau, Snowdon, Tryfan. Fabric is very light and incredibly soft touch, most comfortable waterproof I've ever owned. Too early to comment on long term durability, but there's no sign of wear yet despite some unintended serious dragging on rock while climbing.
I've had my Pulsar since January and have nothing but good things to say about it.
It's super light and thin, I was a little worried at first but it's withstood several falls and the being clawed by 28kgs of dog who like to occasionally launch herself at you...
Waterproofing has been spot on, I'm out with the dog everyday come rain or shine and it hasn't missed a beat. Breathability seems great too. It's not as warm in the wind as heavier jackets but personally I like that when your moving, you might not be toasty but your not sweaty or freezing either.
Overall cut, quality and function all seems great 6 months in.
I used the Pulsar in the Lakes a month ago during a thunder storm on Skiddaw. It performed brilliantly - three hours heavy downpour and it beaded rain with no problems and I was perfectly dry underneath (hard work, so a little perspiration, but what do you expect?).
Great product, happy customer
Ticked all the boxes
I needed a lightweight packable but sturdy jacket for multi-uses. The hood is big enough to cover my cycle helmet which was a must. It's a perfect cut / slim fitting design. Not a biggie but would be great to have a pac sac sewn inside the roo pouch or something.. Customer service is always really quick and very helpful. It's safe to have every confidence in Alpkit gear.
Very comfy and does the job
Have now worn this waterproof in 3 full days of rain and it is still beading magnificently with no leakage. Weighs very little and folds small. I am a 41 inch chest and the large fits well if you want a fleece underneath. Only one kangaroo pocket and only available in black - come on Alpkit lets have a choice of brighter colours for the fells
Very nice indeed
Bought this jacket last week to match the parralax pants. Size M great slimline fit. Tested it in Ambleside last night. Deflected light rain with ease and a few careless spillages of beer. Surprisingly light and kept me warm even though I only had a t shirt underneath.I would recommend this product. Swift service from Aplkit. Already got my eye on more Alpkit gear fir cycling. Thanks.
Ok. A bit disappointing
I would'nt buy again at £100. It's worth waiting until its on sale. Feels a little flimsy and agree with other reviewer that rucksack straps might wear it. Fit is a bit odd. You need to size up if you want to wear a mid layer under it because the waist quite narrow. First time I've been a bit disappointed with Alpkit stuff which is a shame.
Bought this jacket due to my confidence in Alpkit stuff, mainly because of the suprisingly good waterproof specs. On receiving it, I was slightly alarmed at how light and thin this jacket felt. But after testing the material under running water I was put back at ease. I have yet to put it through a day of intense downpour, but despite not being a rough, thick jacket I will keep it and bring it out on torrential days for sure. I'll add that everything else about the jacket, I liked. Tight-fitting hood, nicely styled, half-zip, huge pocket, water-resistant zips, and very comfortable. Full waterproofing remains to be seen.
I agree with Pete
On a recent trip to the Cairngorms I put this jacket through it's paces. I love Alpkit and own lots of their gear and most of it is great, but I can't recommend this jacket as a 'waterproof'. It's a good fit, and it's showerproof, but that's it. Once the real rain came, and it did, I got soaked to the skin.
That said it's not a bad product for the price, just have realistic expectations. Alpkit, please consider your marketing of this product.
Thanks for your feedback but I am very surprised that this has happened. The hydrostatic head on Pulsars is 20,000 mm making it highly waterproof. A jacket is waterproof with hydrostatic head of 1500 mm and 20,000 mm is at the top end of the scale with 10,000 - 20,000 being suitable for heavy rain, and the MVTR is suitable for intense activity so I’m going to drop you an email for a bit more info, if that’s okay, and try to find out what had happened here.
Not fully waterproof in my opinion.
Sent it back after feeling definite moisture on the inside after a heavy shower in the Lakes and same again around town back home, neither occasion being high output so not perspiration buidup. Alpkit tested it and say that it's up to scratch but I respectfully beg to differ. Customer service was good and Rowan a pleasure to deal with but I now feel I'm left with "highly water resistant windshell". It's on its way back to me so I guess I'll be testing it in heavy rain some more before deciding what to do with/about it. A very nicely designed and cut jacket, sadly let down by its performance. Ultimately, I'll probably just chalk it up to experience but it's still a disappointing experience.
I bought this thinking a great summer jacket: pretty light and proper stiffened hood.
This jacket is feel very comfy but the the quality of the seam taping is appalling with lots of lifting edges from the start. It's paper thin and feels like it will break very quickly. Unfortunately it has after about 4 uses... I now get darkened patches on the light coloured interior in heavy rain leaving me cold and damp. These patches are in random spots, not where you would expect a problem in breathability. A waterproof jacket is one the most important pieces of safety gear, allowing you stay warm and dry while keeping on moving. This jacket isn't safe for the mountains.
For comparison my Outdoor Research Helium III jacket is lighter, way more robust and I've regularly taken it over on trail runs over up over 8000ft peaks.
This is the first time Alpkit gear has let me down. Wishing I had returned it now...
An update from Pete: “Alpkit reached out to me about the problems I have had with the Pulsar Smock. They have 100% looked after me as the customer, despite the jacket being on a different continent. It’s a shame the jacket didn’t work out. But as I sit toasty in my Filo Jacket or Filoment Vest or Heiko Jacket and all the other Alpkit products that I have used around the world, I know for sure that I will still buy their products knowing their gear will see through “situations” in the mountains”