Callum McInerney-Riley tries out a weatherproof jacket for all generations

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Navitas Generation Parka at a glance:

  • Wind and waterproof
  • 100% nylon with fleece lining
  • Seven large pockets
  • Removable hood with faux fur
  • Price: £120
  • Website: www.navitasoutdoors.com

Coming from a background of extreme sports, fishing and hiking, Navitas manufactures a wide range of outdoor clothing designed to be both functional and stylish. The Generation Parka is a rifle-green parka-style jacket that is windproof, waterproof and breathable. The outer shell is made from 100% nylon and all seams are taped to ensure they are water-sealed.

A 5,000mm breathability and waterproofing rating means this jacket is suitable for up to moderate rainfall. Importantly, the breathability helps to prevent perspiration turning into moisture and making the wearer feel damp – a particular problem when carrying heavy camera gear over long distances.

The seven pockets provide plenty of storage space. The main four are big enough to take a small camera, a medium-sized DSLR lens or a filter kit. The bottom two zip up at the side and are lined with fleece, making them ideal for warming the hands in the colder months.

Navitas Generation Parka – key features

Removable hood

The buttons on the back mean it’s possible to remove the hood.

Internal storm cuff

There is an elasticated storm cuff inside the outer cuff of the jacket. This helps prevent rain coming into the sleeves when shooting.

Faux-fur front

When attached, the faux-fur front acts like a windshield, preventing unpleasant cold wind blowing over your face.

Navitas Generation Parka – verdict

With its dull-green colour, this jacket is very good for blending into the surroundings when shooting wildlife. In use, I found the Navitas Generation Parka backed up everything it claims to be. The breathability is evident, as it never gets too damp inside while also keeping me dry on the outside in persistent rain. The fleece lining makes the jacket very comfortable and warm, although I’d still advise adding layers underneath on very cold nights out shooting.

SCORE: 4 out of 5

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