Furtech Claw 2008

Furtech uses a different fabric construction to conventional waterproofs, which results in far more breathability and a warmer design. So in the Furtech Claw winter jacket condensation control tends to be good; and you also get side venting if you overheat in warmer weather. Use it in cold, wet winter weather and it should be ideal. You get two huge pockets on the hips and another two on the chest, and these are all very large. The hood fit and movement are superb, and there is a clear visor that provides extra protection to the face without obscuring the view. The cut is relatively short, which is ideal for climbers, while movement in the sleeves is also great for climbing. Use this in winter for climbing or mountaineering and it could be ideal, while winter walkers will also admire its benefits. But the extra warmth of the Furtech Claw means that in mild weather it can be too warm, even with the pit zips venting the jacket. I would prefer the hip pockets to be a little higher up so they can be more easily accessed while wearing a rucksack hipbelt, which tends to obscure their access. Other jackets are a notch longer, but personal preference will dictate if this is an issue for you. There’s no women’s model.

Outer: FeatherTech polyester windproof with DWR
Inner: FurTech polyester with DWR and silver antimicrobial
Fabric waterproofness: water-resistant/waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XL
Weight: 842g (L)
Made in: Bulgaria
Stores in the UK: 6

Verdict: The Furtech Claw winter  jacket offers a unique solution to staying warm and dry in winter conditions, but it may not be ideal for everyone.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008