Great jacket, werent sure on sizing so went with a large as medium not available. Turned out to be a good fit in body and arm length. Again great jacket at a fantastic price, great delivery and service.
May 20, 2016
Review Date - 20th May 2016
I wasnt sure whether to get the Anchorage or the Halifax jacket, and so I ordered both from e-Outdoor and returned the Halifax, for which e-Outdoor reimbursed me very quickly. I ordered the Large in both. I am 6ft 2in, and @ 44 chest and had tried a different JW jacket in XL (locally) and found it to be a bit baggy, the Halifax was too tight whilst the Anchorage was a comfortable fit; a slightly bit larger would probably have been preferable, but as I said the XL in a different jacket was way too big. I prefer the Anchorage to the Halifax for a number of reasons: First the chest pockets look neater on the Anchorage, these are vertically zipped whereas the Halifax has standard horizontal flaps which are secured by press studs. On previous jackets I have found these types of pocket flaps to curl up after a while. The lower pockets on the Halifax are also secured by press studs whereas the Anchorage uses velcro, which I actually prefer. Velcro is also used on the Anchorage to secure the storm flap whereas the Halifax again uses Studs. Behind the storm flap the Anchorage has a sizable zipped pocket, capable of taking a standard UK OS Map, which the Halifax doesn't have. Also the Anchorage has an additional, smaller, internal zipped pocket. The outer material on the Anchorage has a slightly ribbed feel to it whereas the Halifax is smooth, and the Anchorage has a removable hood, whereas the Halifax is fixed. Personally I would have been content to forgo the removable hood. One feature the Halifax has which the Anchorage doesn't, is a waist cord; this was the one main thing that initially caused me some concern, however the Anchorage has an internal snow skirt, which is elasticated and therefore inhibits the potential drafts; the snow skirt cannot be removed, but it can be loosened by unfastening the studs that keep the sides in place. It then just hangs down, unseen, on the inside of the jacket. Additionally, with the fit of the jacket, for me at least, I have no concerns re drafts. Both jackets appear very, very warm (haven't yet used it in extremes yet), the Anchorage uses down whilst the Halifax uses man made filling. The Anchorage provides ventilation points, under the armpits, in case it gets too warm, which the Halifax lacks. The zipped chest pockets on the Anchorage are also promoted as ventilation points. All in all I am extremely happy with both the Anchorage and the service of e-outdoor.