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    Unhappy Ridgeline smock

    I bought a ridgeline smock two weeks ago. I wore it last weekend whilst stalking an FC lease and found I got damp due to condensation. I then wore it all day yesterday in the p*****g down rain and low and behold, as well as not being breathable, it's not waterproof either! That goes for the trousers aswell. Has anyone else had this experiance with this coat and trousers? I will be contacting the seller tomorrow.

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    i have had mine over a year now very dry no rain got in yet as for condensation you really need to layer so you dont sweat in the first place ,send it back for a dry one and layer up ,i like mine for the cost im sure there are better jackets but at alot higher cost, atb wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by mereside View Post
    i have had mine over a year now very dry no rain got in yet as for condensation you really need to layer so you dont sweat in the first place ,send it back for a dry one and layer up ,i like mine for the cost im sure there are better jackets but at alot higher cost, atb wayne
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    with Wayne on this ,I am also considering one of the zip up ridge line jackets too .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mereside View Post
    i have had mine over a year now very dry no rain got in yet as for condensation you really need to layer so you dont sweat in the first place ,send it back for a dry one and layer up ,i like mine for the cost im sure there are better jackets but at alot higher cost, atb wayne
    I thought the whole point of a breathable jacket was to let moisture escape. I get hardly any condensation with my Harkila. I think its a case of you get what you pay for. Anyone got any experiance of the swazi smock?

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    I dont think you can compare a harkila against a ridgeline , all these type jackets are the same they cannot breath as quick as you let out sweat if you layer properly you dont sweat in the first place if im walking i only need a thin shirt on but if sitting any length of time i take a jumper. I couldnt afford a harkila so baught what i could afford at the time its still going strong so for just over a hundred pounds im pleased but yes its no harkila, atb wayne ps i would think the trousers are probably only good for sitting in a highseat where they are windproof and waterproof any sort of stalking and i think you will get wet.

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    Harkila is goretex ridegline isn't , so it won't breathe as well.
    But the its about 3 times cheaper.
    You need to layer up with the correct, technical clothing underneath .
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    A while back I posted a thread waterproof,breathable etc,most seem to stay waterproof for a good while,breathable....... Not sure there is such a thing,if you are walking hard or lugging a carcase around it won't stop you sweating,I think most coats are windproof,I find the trousers wear out faster,I've a removable layer in them,only use when wet,they too come apart at the seems at top of the legs due to sweating and sticking too you when you sit causing them too come apart.
    Last edited by swarovski; 25-11-2012 at 18:57.

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    I've had a Ridgeline for 18 months now, I found out right away, it's not breathable, after an evenings lamping on foot. I was bloody sodden with sweat, and the sleeves were wringing wet! I still use it, but for sitting out or lamping from a pickup, and I've found it to be waterproof. I'm wondering if the Deerhunter Tempest Smock would be a better option for around the same money?
    Kev.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pip View Post
    I bought a ridgeline smock two weeks ago. I wore it last weekend whilst stalking an FC lease and found I got damp due to condensation. I then wore it all day yesterday in the p*****g down rain and low and behold, as well as not being breathable, it's not waterproof either! That goes for the trousers aswell. Has anyone else had this experiance with this coat and trousers? I will be contacting the seller tomorrow.
    Cheap alternative to the real thing guys I'm afraid! Trade it in for the real deal a"Swazi tahr" can't beat them, awesome coats!!

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    Before you go spending your hard earned on various fancy smocks take a look at the mil surplus windproof smocks. They are available in olive green, DPM and the new and lighter MTP patterns so there is something to suit nearly everyone. They are robust, the pockets are ideal for the stalker and you can pick them up on ebay for anything from 99p for the DPM ones to just over 30 for the olive ones which seem to be less common. If you must spend a pile of money then Arktis/Country Covers make a smock based on the windproof smock with a few small modifications which you can pay 200+ for, Arktis/Country Covers get a very good reputation for making good gear but I prefer to pay 99p for a mil surplus one and throw it away when I trash it.

    They are basically polycotton but you can wash waterproofing into them and they are sufficiently waterproof (4 - 6 hours at least in heavy rain) for most stalking. If you need to go out for many hours on a really wet day then buy a mil surplus goretex jacket to wear UNDER the smock so you keep all your pockets etc. These are available in a range of cammo patterns including DPM, flecktarn and even MTP and you should get a decent one, perhaps even a new one, for 25 or less.

    The polycotton smocks are also as breathable as you will get. Recently I shot a wee sika stag and too off my shirt and smock to gralloch him. I hung them on my sticks in the order I took them off and so when a torrent of rain appeared from a blue sky not only did I get soaked but my shirt on the sticks got soaked as well. By the afternoon I was dry under the smock but where I'd tucked my shirt into my Harkila waterproof trousers it was still wet even after taking the wee stag to the butcher and driving home.

    One tip for those people bothered with condensation - if you happen to usually wear a fleece under the jacket then consider washing some of the waterproofing you can get for fleece material into it. Most of the condensation occurs where the cold outside air meets the warm moist air at the surface of the goretex jacket. So, it is most wet on the inside surface of the goretex jacket. If you are wearing various wicking materials directly under the goretex then this water can wick back to your skin. If, however, the fleece you are wearing under the goretex happens to be waterproof then the damp air can get out through it but the water from the inside of the jacket can't soak back in to your skin. Of course this doesn't stop you retaining moisture inside the fleece etc. but it helps a little bit and might be useful for those people who have bought Ridgeline gear.
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