And by 'affordable', I mean ideally, under £50 in the sales, though obviously that might net me a bargain at the moment. I noticed that there are a lot of heavily reduced waterproofs in the end-of-summer (wahh!) sales in outdoor shops. Am going to Go Outdoors tomorrow. I think I need the equivalent of a gastric band on my wallet.
I know nothing of the leading brands (except that they're famous names) and have very little idea of what I'm buying - I'm very much a fair weather walker but need something sturdier than a Kag in a Bag (which is all I seem to have at the moment for rain) and ideally would like something lightweight enough to slip on over a t-shirt but also to wear during downpours the rest of the year, over jumpers/fleece, etc. Nice colours would be a bonus, as am fed up of all my coats being charcoal/black/brown/navy.
i got a nice lightweight regatta in yeomans the other day,£34 down from £59 i think,the one i bought was black, but they had pink/purple/turquoise and a few other colours for £22. so far i like it, i had a crag hoppers one before - for 4-5yrs,wore it everyday,and although its still going strong i figured it was time for a change!!
Do you have a TK Maxx near you? Our local one currently has an enormous range of waterproof jackets and I got one there for £35 which is absolutely the business, windproof, waterproof to HH5000 (which is more than my tent!), lightweight and came in jade green, pink, mid-blue, grey and other colours in a variety of sizes and makes.
The one I got is by a firm called 'White Rock', which I'd never heard of (ski company?), but it had the best spec/colour combo for me and it's brilliant, I've used it in a total downpour and stayed completely dry and cosy.
Funnily enough I got my Craghoppers jacket from TK Maxx a couple of years ago. I really like the cut. More feminine and flattering than most. And, in a desperate attempt to recover from sounding incredibly shallow, can I add that it is very wind and waterproof?!!
Local TK Maxx is 50 mins drive, plus expensive parking, plus it's a large and hellish town that I don't want to drag DSs through! I miss being able to pop into TK Maxx - it only 'works' for you if you're able to pop in at least once a week to see what new goodies are in. I used to do that a lot when I lived in Cardiff. I have an entire Spode Blue Italian dinner service (old fart emoticon) from 'popping in'.
I went to Go Outdoors today and agonised over various posh (Berghaus, etc) jackets for £65 (reduced down) and ended up with a perfectly nice Regatta jacket for £25 (with store card). It's petrol blue, not the zingy green I rather fancied, but fine all the same.
yep i got my craghoppers one from tkmaxx too (for about £25 i think) , tbh it was a pouring wet day and we were going to a farm park,thats the only reason i bought it!! i have worn it everyday and it still looks new,its windproof too and not too thin/thick lol,