This is the most weatherproof coat I’ve ever owned. It’s strange – there’s no padding, wadding,
fleece or down in there – just a flexible three-ply, almost wetsuit-like, textured fabric that blocks
the wind, keeps out water and keeps you warm but never gets clammy. Now in its second year
of almost constant use, I can’t see a ding on the damn thing and haven’t been bothered by even
the most northerly of gales.
Like a wetsuit, its seams are sealed with 22mm tape while the cuffs
have easy Velcro® tighteners and the zips are no nonsense, waterproof. Totally solid, totally
weatherproof. Stoked. But it gets better. The fabric used to make the Storm Track is done so
guaranteeing “the greatest possible exclusion of substances which are harmful to humans and/
or the environment, as well as the most economical use of resources in manufacturing,” which
sounds ok to me.
Finisterre is a small company big on ethics. They genuinely seem to be doing
what they can to minimise and mitigate as they grow, taking the Patagonia approach by aiming
for stuff that works, lasts and has the lowest possible impact on the environment. Of course that
means you’re likely to pay a bit more for it but with all the above factored in, it’s well worth it.