Jack Wolfskin Accelerate XT (2012)

The Jack Wolfskin Accelerate XT is the heaviest jacket on test at exactly 400g, but don’t let that put you off. It’s loaded with all the necessary features including: extremely large pit zips with two separate zips and Velcro fasteners; dual hem adjusters; rear and neck-based hood adjusters; a semi-rigid hood peak; two large external pockets that will accommodate an OS map; and one internal mesh pocket. It has Velcro panels around the neck that provide a feeling of security too, although when undone it has a tendency to flap around in the wind. It’s very comfy to wear and feels the most substantial of the jackets on test. Unfortunately, this somewhat lets it down in the performance stakes. It’s the loudest jacket here, with a crinkling noise that you’ll notice while walking, and it’s also the warmest and the wettest inside due to condensation build-up with the hood up and the zips fastened. The number of vents make up for this in many ways, but if you’re looking for simple breathability there are others that outperform it. Much like the Kathmandu Patronus, the hood can irritate the ears if not adjusted correctly. Overall, the Jack Wolfskin Accelerate XT doesn’t feel as simple or as unobtrusive as others on test, but the feeling of solidity it provides may appeal to many as it’s certainly the closest to a traditional jacket in the line-up.

Weight 400g (size men’s M)
Fabric 2.5-layer Texapore O2 Taslite DT
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Website www.jack-wolfskin.com

 

Verdict
The Jack Wolfskin Accelerate XT is the heaviest jacket on test, but it’s loaded with features. Consider if light weight isn’t your top priority.

Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine June 2012