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I have been walking now for almost 4 years.It is a very rewarding hobby,which also improves your physical fitness.You get to see some amazing landscapes and scenery,however as with all sports it comes at a cost.this opinion is about coats but I will also write ones about footwear and gaiters. when buying a coat you must consider three factors. 1.Does it fit with a few layers of clothes underneath and will it fit as you grow. 2.Is it made from a reliable material. 3.How long will it last. When buying a coat you must save up a bit of money.From previous experience I have found the more expensive and brand names ARE better. You should consider buying a Gore-Tex coat as this is a brilliant material.If you live in a area where hiking is popular then you could probably pick one up for around £100.However,if you live somewhere where hiking is not as popular then you could be looking at prices from £180+.So,your best bet would be to buy one from the internet.There are some very good websites with decent gear on. Next,before you buy a coat(unless you buy it from the internet or a catalogue) you should try it on with a fleece jacket on as this will alter the size.I would go a size higher than you generally have,so if normally you wear a size M I would advise a sizeL.This allows growing room and clothing room. Makes like Berghaus,Lowe Alpine and Spray Way are expensive makes but are worth while in the long run.They will last for 3 to 4 years at extreme whether conditions.this doesn't seem long but a cheaper version could only last a year and not be fully waterproof. Another factor you must consider is the terrain you will be walking in.Somewhere like The Lake District I would advise a Specialist Mounteneering jacket whereas someone who walks on Dartmoor a less specialized one. All in all though I would advise saving up around £100 to £200 to buy a decent jacket.It t
he long run it is worth it.
As someone who used to work in an outdor shop I often heard the opinions of many walkers about the jackets that were on the market. As an avid hiker myself I often listened to these views and then bought my jackets accordingly. With dooyoo I thought I could pass on the views of dozens of walkers, so here goes. PARAMO. Generally I found with paramo that walkers either loved it or hated it. The problems was that those who hated it really hated it. The main complaint that people used to have with paramo is that it was fine when the were walking, but if they stopped for a long time, apparantly the jacket used to let water in quite freely. Looking at the way the paramo system works (which is quite revoluntionary by the way) it is quite easy to see that the jackets may loose some of there water repellency if the walker was at standstill. Infact most of the people who bought the jackets back weren't using them for walking, but used them when they were first aiders at public events and the like. On the plus side those that loved them cited thier (comparitivly) low price, the lightness of the fabric and the life time guarrante. TRIPLE POINT The only complaint I ever recieved about triple point was the price. Those who used it refused to use anything else. It was a bit heavier than most other jackets, which apparantly caused a little discomfort on warmer days, but most aggreed that it was the best for keeping you dry. One customer said that if the price was lower he would buy two. At which point the boss started bargaining with him. GORE TEX The most popular of the waterproofs, probably because it was used by a lot of companies whose styling tended to be smarter. Again the main complaint was the price, but many felt it was the most breathable jacket on the market (there was somne strong opposition to this by paramo wearers though). Waterproofness was often given a big thumbs up....whilst it lasted. The problem with gor
e tex was that it didn't last as long as any of the other jackets. There were many reproofing agents,which worked in the short-term, but at the end of the day you would really be looking at a new jacket after five years use.