Callum McInerney-Riley puts an outdoor jacket to the test

Navitas Daltrey Parka at a glance:

  • Removable faux-fur hood
  • Fully waterproof
  • Soft polyester lining
  • Seven large pockets
  • Fully tapered seams
  • Website: www.navitasoutdoors.com
  • Price: £149.99

Navitas Outdoors originally produced products for the angling market, but for the past few years it has diversified into outdoor clothing. It designs high-quality garments for hiking, camping, fishing and extreme sports, with a variety of styles that are always on-trend. The new Navitas Daltrey Parka is an everyday jacket that is both warm and stylish. Inside, there’s a bright yellow quilted polyester lining that’s very soft, and offers good insulation. The outside is made from a nylon/taslon material, which is both waterproof and breathable. The jacket also boasts fully taped seams, ensuring it won’t leak. Its waterproofing has a 5,000mm rating, which is suitable for even heavy downpours, and its breathability helps to allow moisture to escape from the fabric, keeping the wearer dry.

On the front of the jacket are two large pouch-style pockets that are big enough to house a compact system camera or a large compact camera, but they are equally useful for lenses, filters, cables and spare batteries. The lining on the inside is fleece and to the side of each big pocket are two further pockets, also fleece lined. This means that even with items in the big pocket, the wearer has somewhere to keep their hands warm.

Navitas Daltrey Parka – Key features

Faux-fur trim

Using a popper system, the faux-fur trim can be attached and detached. When attached, it helps block out cold wind.

Pockets

There are two pockets at the bottom, with a side pocket, two pockets on the breast of the jacket and an inside pocket, too.

Internal storm cuff

Inside the sleeve is an elasticated storm cuff, which helps to keep the rain out when shooting.

Drawstring waist

A drawstring around the waist can be tightened when it’s cold. This gathers the jacket closer to the body for increased insulation.

Navitas Daltrey Parka – Our verdict

The Navitas Daltrey Parka is rather stylish, so it can also be used for day-to-day wear. Although our review sample is blue, a green version is also available.

Having worn it every day for the past few months over other layers, I found the jacket very warm, and the drawstring around the waist helps pull the jacket into the body. It’s also light enough to be worn through the spring and autumn months.

SCORE: 5 out of 5

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