Callum McInerney-Riley tries out a weatherproof jacket for all generations
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
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.
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
You may also wish to consider:
Navitas Agent Jacket
A similar jacket to the Generation Parka, although it doesn’t feature the fur lining around the hood.
It also boasts the ability to zip in/out a heavyweight fleece (sold separately) for extra warmth.
Navitas Alpha Quilt
A classic British quilt-style jacket with a street twist made from high-quality fabric. It features two hand warmers, three external pockets and showerproofing.
Navitas Pocket Pacaway Jacket
This jacket is 100% waterproof and packs away inside its own pocket. It’s perfect for keeping in a kit bag just in case of sudden changes in the weather.