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Apogee Jacket: Worry-Free Warmth

By Hati Whiteley
19, Dec, 2017

Number one jacket for fret-free, low maintenance, wet weather warmth? Well, it is if you believe Anna Wells and Wordsmith Hati, that is.

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When you work hard, you get warm. Well you do if you’ve got the right layers on anyway. But you can’t keep moving forever, at some point you’ve got to stop. That’s when the cold sets in, and that’s when the Apogee comes out. Driving home after snowy nocturnal run over Lockerbrook, waiting for your mate to finish their project when you’re too knackered to keep going, emerging from the River Lune shouldering a kayak after swimming more than you’d have liked, all in the knowledge that a warm shower is at least a few hours away: these are probably the moments when I’ve been most appreciative of the Apogee.  

Anna Wells wearing the Apogee jacket on Glen Coe

Alpkiteer Anna Wells staying toasty on Glen Coe

The Apogee is the evolution of Alpkit’s classic 0Hiro: a comfy insulated jacket for keeping you warm over winter. Before borrowing an Apogee jacket from the AK gear pool, I had never really understood where it would fit into my wardrobe. Surely at some point your insulated jacket collection gets to the point where you quite simply don’t need any more insulation? But after reading Alpkiteer Anna Well’s glowing review, I couldn’t not give it a go. Now I’m finding it pretty tricky to part with…

What Anna reckons:
“This has quickly become my number one go-to-jacket! I love the bright colour and simplicity, and it performs exceptionally well. It is baggy enough to fit a good amount of layers underneath, but smart fitting enough to look great as a casual about-town jacket too. The pockets are nice and big with a comfortably fitting hood. This jacket has kept me warm skiing in minus-ten sunshine, and winter climbing in gruelling Scottish winter. The fact that it is synthetic means I can worry less if it gets a bit wet. I highly recommend the Apogee jacket as a comfortable, versatile and very attractive jacket.”
What I reckon:

Apogee is verstile, and therein lies its strength. It’s the jacket that you chuck on to nip to out for milk, to pick up a friend from the airport, even to the work Christmas party (although maybe not black-tie events). The relaxed fit means it fits comfortably over whatever you’re wearing, be it a shell, mid layer, or a vest, but somehow it’s still flattering. Whatever design wizardry went it to making that happen, I’m a huge fan.

Anna Wells wearing the Apogee insulated jacket when climbing in the Scottish winter

 A relaxed fit means that layer up real good beneath the Apogee, Anna even wore her Definition waterproof shell underneath!

Apogee’s biggest strength is the worry-free warmth that comes with the package. It began to sneak into my pack or car every time I headed out for a run, a climb, even to the pool. Primaloft Gold Insulation retains its thermal properties when wet and recovers from a good soaking quicker and more effectively that down. So whether it’s you or the elements producing the moisture, you can stay warm without sacrificing your insulation. Worry-free warmth, no matter what the weather decides. Plus, little is more welcoming than being swaddled in Primaloft Gold after a cold and icy evening on the fells.

Hati wearing the APogee jacket, sitting on a bouldering mat and putting her shoes on whilst leaning against a wall

Prime climbing conditions come with a drawback: the cold.... Fortunately the Apogee more than takes the edge off!

The Apogee was designed with winter belaying in mind, and although not everyone gets quite as excited about Grit season as we do, this is the ideal attire for staying warm if you do want to make the most of the conditions. With a little less insulation in the arms, you can wave them around unhindered, stay covered up for a few warm up climbs, and rest easy knowing that the tough shell should keep your insulation protected. When things get serious, you can bung it on the floor without fretting over the morning dew. The pockets are perfectly placed for burying your hands in too, which is exactly what you need when you’re waiting for Factory Manager Ben to finish his project. 

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