The Encounter is made from Karrimor’s own brand of waterproof and breathable fabric, Weathertite Xtreme, which boasts good waterproofness and reasonable breathability, although its stats are not quite as good as the higher-priced fabrics and it does feel slightly clammier than some others. The design of the jacket is minimalist compared to similar-priced options, which allows it to weigh in at just 375g (size L) while many jackets around this price are double that. The design is shorter than others, though, so you may have to wear overtrousers more readily in downpours. There are two main pockets, rather than the three that other jackets can flaunt, but the two you get are large enough for maps and easily accessed while wearing a rucksack. The pockets are mesh-lined for extra condensation control and ventilation, and there are also mesh panels under the arms, again to improve airflow. The drawback of the mesh pockets is that they may allow water to enter the jacket. The hood is pretty good, though, with a wired peak and reasonable fit and movement. The cut of the Karrimor Encounter felt a little odd compared to others on test, as the chest area was slightly more restrictive than any others in its size, while the rest of the jacket fitted normally, so you might want to try the fit before buying.
Weight 375g (size L)
Fabric 3-layer Weathertite Xtreme
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-16
External pockets 2
Can hood be rolled down? yes
Side/pit vents no
Relatively lightweight and reasonably well-designed for active outdoor action, but the mesh pockets and shorter cut mean the Karrimor Encounter is not ideal for wet, windy trips.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2013