- Product Review (submitted on 14 July 2014):
On a recent six day winter trip in the Tararua Ranges, my new Hydrophobia jacket performed well above expectations.
We suffered the usual array of Tararua conditions through the course of the trip, including a bitter southerly with snow, a gale nor' wester, rain, wet bush-bashing and waist-deep river travel. In all environments, the jacket performed superbly, giving me a sense of confidence that I haven't had with any other shell garment.
In particular, I am impressed with how completely wind and water-proof the Hydrophobia is, while still retaining enough breathability for comfortably climbing up hills. The jacket is extremely robust, and took a solid day of bush-bashing without any wear or tear while saving me a fair bit of skin. I love the little features such as the roomy pockets and breast pocket, and the hood is one of the best I've seen on a jacket. The materials are top-notch and the extra weight of the knee-length design is well worth it.
The Hydrophobia is now my 'go-to' jacket for the bush and non-technical alpine trips. It is PERFECT for New Zealand conditions and is a real credit to the attention to detail EarthSeaSky put into designing their garments. They are clearly 'practitioners' themselves who thoroughly test their own products, and all the little details incorporated into the jacket make for an excellent product. Well done and thanks!
NZOIA Alpine I / Bush II Instructor
NZMGA Assistant Alpine Trekking Guide