The new XTR Xtreme Jacket has been designed with the intention of producing the smallest heavy duty rain coat on the market. We wanted to design a jacket that could put up with the same punishment as the current XTR series, but also catered to handle the demands of the hardcore bush and tops hunters.
The Xtreme Jacket is a low profile anorak style coat made from our three layer Hydrafuse PacSTEALTH fabric. This material gives superb resistant’s to the elements such as snow and rain without the heavy fluffy outer layer that most other jackets use. This means that as well as being water proof the material doesn’t hold anywhere near as much water in its outer layer, in fact it actually repels it. From a hunting point of view, your jacket isn’t going to become heavy and uncomfortable when it rains and it isn’t going to take anywhere near as long to dry off when the rain clears up, all the while remaining very quiet.
We have shaped the jacket to be as light and low in profile as possible. What this means is that the jacket isn’t bulky with big protruding pockets, zip flaps and bulky seems. The demands of the kiwi hunter are for light, tough gear. Exploring the Southern Alps for Bull Tahr or hiking three days into the back of the Kawekas means carrying-weight and pack size are priorities. Therefore the Xtreme Jacket needs to be able to pack down as small as a light wind breaker but also be able to put up with the harsh conditions our wilderness has to throw at us. The smooth, low profile allows this heavy duty Jacket to be up to the task.
Two laser cut, Weldedfront chest pockets have been used to keep bulk down and eliminate water entry. These pockets are larger in design with binoculars and rangefinders in mind. Because they are water tight the chest pockets are also very useful for easy access to items such as maps and cell phones that would otherwise need to be buried in plastic bags inside your pack.
The Xtreme Jacket has one of the longest zips of any anorak. There are two simple reasons for this. First of all it simply makes the coat easier to put on and remove. Unlike most anorak style jackets it won’t drag your other layers off with it when you take it off. Secondly it allows you to dump more heat. This is a very important point in jacket design and has been overlooked a lot by other manufacturers. In the design of all of the XTR Series we spent a lot of time making sure we got this right. As important as it is to trap in the heat when it is cold and resist the elements, it is just as important that your outer layer vents the heat and sweat when things warm up.
There is a common misconception when people find their jackets wet on the inside that they have leaked. This is often not the case. The XTR series uses Hydrafuse PacSTEALTH fabric which is one of the most breathable materials on the market, however there is simply no waterproof material in the world that can breathe sweat faster than a hill climbing hunter can produce it. This means that we need another system for dropping the heat when the rain and wind clear up. The Xtreme Jacket allows you to do this in a matter of seconds. It has three very large zips that let you to dump heat much faster than you can produce it. The long main zip allows your core heat to rise freely up and out from inside jacket and two massive pit zips can be quickly opened to vent one of the bodies hottest, sweat producing areas. With all three zips opened the breeze can freely enter, and the heat can freely exit meaning a much dryer and more comfortable experience. One of the great things about this system is that you can easily open and close the zips on the go, saving you the hassle of having to stop to take the jacket off or put it back on.
We have also incorporated a new hood design into the Xtreme Jacket. It is a fixed hood that uses TunnelTECH. This technology means a hood shaped with greater peripheral vision without the loss of protection. The hood uses one touch puller cords to allow you to fit the hood to suit your individual head shape. In keeping with the smooth and light design theme for the Xtreme Jacket, we have added an extra layer of heat bonding to the hood to make the peak smoother and allow the water to run off quicker.
There has been a lot of thought put into this jacket and no shortcuts have been taken in getting it just right. We have used Low profile seems to keep things smooth and light. YKK Aquaguard zippers with CNT8 coating have been used to handle punishment and remain watertight and bulletproof. YKK CNT8 zippers won’t determinate overtime or in high use applications.
And the outer layer has been coated with an antibacterial treatment and Dupont Teflon DWR (Durable Water Repelent), a coating that beads off the rain preventing it from holding in the fabric of the outer layer. With all these features combined in to one jacket we think we’ve hit the nail on the head in producing a Jacket that’s going to stand up to the high demands of the kiwi hunter and the test of time.
The Xtreme Jacket will be rolling in to the factory in late February and will be available in Frost Green Sz S-4XL
The Xtreme Jacket is perfectly matched to the XTR pants.
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