Gather Outdoors recently invited me to be one of their Gather ambassadors - This basically means I get to pick up and try out cool new products on adventures with the other good folk from the #GatherPeople crew. Gather Outdoors is a social brand that makes great products available through sharing. They also support great designers and makers who produce products that enhance the world's natural resources, instead of exploiting them.
When Tim from Gather told me he was going to be stocking Finisterre, I jumped at the chance to pick up a piece I'd being eyeing longingly - I've been in the market for a versatile technical piece for a while and the Litus jacket fit the bill perfectly - breathable and fully waterproof Pertex, taped seams and a 10,000 HH rating but without looking like a Geography teacher on a school trip to Filey - perfect. Born from the needs of hardy British surfers, Finisterre designs and manufactures functional and sustainable product with a strong sense of style for those who share a love of the sea. Perfect for a man who lives in one of the most landlocked places in the UK.
I love the colour of the jacket, although it's deceptively hard to pin it down in a photograph. Officially it's Red Clay but its got an orange tinge to it in bright sunlight, and it looks much deeper when the sun goes down. I actually bought it to accompany me on my adventures in great outdoors but due to its versatile styling it looks just at home on the street. Plus, despite previous posts, theres only so much waxed cotton a man can wear in one season.
The fabric of the jacket is woven in Japan - the Pertex Shield Eco material is part recycled nylon and has a smooth matt finish, with a lightweight coating on the inside inside which protects the membrane and feels light and dry next to the skin. The attention to detail is striking as are the super high quality Japanese studs and zips. It's lightweight construction and weatherproof fabric make the Litus perfect for layering at this meteorologically unpredictable time of year.
Here's the technical run down:
Fabric: Pertex Shield® Eco outer shell - 51% recycled nylon, 49% nylon. PU microporous membrane. C6 (PFC/PFOA free) durable water repellent finish. Bluesign accredited. Fabric woven in Japan, garments made in Philippines
- Fully waterproof, 10,000mm HH rating
- Comfortable breathable fabric, 7,000g breathability
- Japanese Pertex Shield® Eco part-recycled outer shell
- PU micropourous membrane
- YKK zip with popper storm flap
- Fully seam sealed throughout
- C6 DWR (PFC/PFOA free)
- Boxy fit, designed with room for layering
- Adjustable hood
- Popper adjustable cuffs
- Internal waist cinch adjuster
- Large capacity external pockets with popper flap closure
I've had a lot of technical shells over the years, most of which I've had to take out and put down after leaks sprung up or the super-thin membrane gave up the ghost. I've got a good feeling about this jacket though; it's hardy and well built. And when the rain comes it's bound to put a smile on your face.