Finisterre Anabatic MkII 2010

The Finisterre Anabatic MkII is a new jacket that is extremely exciting for a number of reasons. Firstly this is a UK brand based in Cornwall that is clearly making good inroads into the outdoor market. Second the jacket is made from part recycled and 100 per cent recyclable material, unlike some other products. Thirdly this is a great design! The jacket has two OS map-sized chest pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack and are just ideal for use on the hill. The body is longer than most, too, so you get more protection without overtrousers compared to others. Better still you get a great hood, which has a wired peak, volume and face adjustment that allows it to go over a helmet or fit closely to the head and move well with the head. This is probably the most exciting jacket in this review.  But the 2.5-layer fabric probably won’t control condensation as well as a 3-layer fabric that has the extra inner lining to soak up sweat. For this price there are fabrics that have higher lab test ratings for their level of waterproofness, and this may mean this material is less durable, although time will tell on that issue. Not a lot wrong though; the Finisterre Anabatic MkII is definitely a hard jacket to improve on.

Outer 2.5-layer C-Shell
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 350g (size L)
Made in Portugal
Stores in the UK available direct from manufacturer only

The Finisterre Anabatic MkII has great features for hill-walkers and made from a recyclable fabric, but for the money others have advantages.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010