Zeal Guide

Our extremely durable and fully waterproof jacket for all alpine pursuits. Heavy duty Gelanots® means a long life in high/professional usage situations. Harness-friendly chest pockets and a helmet compatible hood that stows in the collar provide all the functionality you need.


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  • 160 gram Gelanots® fabric
  • Seams are guaranteed to a 3PSI pressure test
  • Water tight double flap front
  • Bottom opening front zip
  • Waterproof internal chest pocket
  • abric lined external pockets that prevent water coming in contact with the wearer
  • Tuck-away hood designed to fit a helmet
  • Hood has three adjustment points - cinch cord to pull firm on top, cinch cords around face to pull tight and hook/loop flap on back
  • Hood has a stiffened visor to minimise flapping and maximise visibility
  • Elasticised cuff with hook/loop closures for a customised fit
  • Waist draw cord operated from chest pockets
  • Single-handed cinch cords on hem

Additional Information

Fabric 3-layer 160 gram Gelanots®
Average Weight 730g
Made In New Zealand

Gelanots®, Entrant® D-EV, Entrant® GII XTH and Entrant® DT 2.5

Warm hand wash for best garment life. Use pure soap or mild detergent. We have tested and recommend Lux flakes, Sunlight soap, or Persil Sensitive. Lux and Sunlight soap need to be fully dissolved in hot water before converting it to warm. Do not use bleach. Rinse well to remove all residues. Do not wring. Drip dry in the shade to minimise UV exposure. Do not tumble dry. Cool iron may be used to rejuvenate the exterior DWR* coating. Do not dry clean.

Keeping waterproof breathable garments clean will increase their lifespan. During normal wear, dirt, salts and oils from contact with the skin will accumulate on the inside surface. This will show as a dark stain on the mesh, especially around the neck and hood. If left over an extended period of time, this may contaminate the laminate or coating and cause irreversible damage to the jacket. To prevent this happening the garment should be washed at least once a year and more often if worn regularly. Hanging up garments in dry well ventilated areas will prevent mildew building up on the fabric’s underside. Avoid all contact with solvents and chemicals, accidental contact should be washed off as soon as possible.

Waterproof/Breathable Fabric Performance Overview:

To ensure your garment breathes to its full potential it is important to maintain the water repellency of the outside surface. It is also important when you are physically active to wear as many non moisture absorbing layers as possible underneath the jacket. If you wear natural fibres (merino or cotton) keep them as light as possible and reduce the number of layers you use. For maximum breathability we recommend faster drying non moisture absorbing polyester fabrics for your thermal layers.

All waterproof breathable fabrics require regular cleaning. Jackets should be washed once a year and if worn regularly, you should wash them more often than this. A jacket may look clean on the outside but the most harmful contamination occurs from direct skin contact. The neck and hood regions are the most susceptible to this. Over time contamination from the skin will weaken the glue that holds the laminated layers together or the bonding between a coating and its outer fabric. This can cause irreversible damage and reduce the functional lifespan of the garment. Two-layer fabrics with an exposed underside are very susceptible to this and need more cleaning than three-layer fabrics. There is no need to overwash your waterproof garments. A quick hand wash of a jackets neck and hood region maybe all that is required to maintain its cleanliness and prolong it's life. Wearing collared garments or bandanas around the neck reduces the risk of contamination and the need to clean the garment as often. If the primary use of the jacket is to be worn while carrying a heavy backpack we would recommend using the heavier more durable mesh backed three-layer fabrics.

* DWR is the Durable Water Repellant coating on the outside of the garment’s face fabric. It is an important part of the garment’s performance as it allows water to bead off the surface. This maximises the breathability. DWR coating is applied as a specialised process during the manufacturing of the fabric. Over time it can wear down. When this happens the outside fabric will ‘wet out’ making it feel cold and clammy. In this state breathability is impeded.

The DWR can be rejuvenated by the use of a cool iron after washing. After extended use, a complete re-application of this will enhance the performance of your jacket. We have developed our own DWR treatment, a solvent based, environmentally friendly, flouropolymer spray called Gecko Guard. After testing water based DWR products we decided we needed a more durable, more effective product for our garments. We believe Gecko Guard is the best aftercare DWR treatment available.


Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

Bombproof, well designed, and comfy as!
Does exactly what you'd expect. Keeps the wind and rain out. Massive, harness/pack friendly pockets mean you have access to spare gloves, lip balm, map, compass, headlamp, hat etc at all times. No qualms at all about taking it bush bashing, and it's just long enough to cover your butt and keep most of your shorts dry. Good gusseting helps with looking fly and trapping/releasing heat. Stonkers zips, with a double on the front so you can get some ventilation if you're pushing it hard in the rain.

The best bit about the jacket is the hood. It is the best hood I've ever tried, with loads of adjustment allowing for a comfy, protected fit no matter what I have on my head, and the ability to really batten down the hatches or keep things open for better hearing/awareness. The wire/brim holds shape, and when I wear the legionaires cap underneath I can walk into the rain without getting my face soaked too quick.

I don't expect to need another jacket for at least 10 years. That's far more sustainable, and it's made in NZ! Review by Nathan / (Posted on 1/10/2018)
Awesome Jackets
Buying jackets for a bunch of picky staff is not easy feat - previous to getting Zeal Guide jackets there were constant complaint about the jackets we had and how they were not water proof, how the water would drip down the hood into the inside of the jackets and basically how crappy they were.

But since buying 12 Staff jackets there have been no complaints and everyone is staying perfectly dry when facing the elements in the middle of New Zealands winter. We have also had 3 staff members buy there own Zeal Guide jackets for personal use to use for mountaineering and tramping in New Zealand.

It is hard to find great products that are made in NZ that we can be proud of but with Earth Sea Sky we have a winner.

Alex Barr

Rotorua Canopy Tours. Review by Alex / (Posted on 30/07/2014)

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