|James Paterson(Date Added: Wednesday 28 January, 2009)|
I had stumbled across the Exo2 Stormwalker Jacket while just browsing through the AMP3 website. My interest was immediately piqued with the products tag line "Used by Special Forces". As I read through the description I found myself thinking, that this would be just the job for cold January mornings in Edinburgh (after all if it's good enough for the Royal Marines who am I to turn my nose up at it).
One order and a quick delivery later the Stormwalker Jacket was in my grubby little mitts. The first thing to mention is how warm the jacket is without using the heating element. The material does an excellent job of keeping body heat in.
I wasted no time in charging the battery pack and preparing the Stormwalker for my trip to work the following day (incidentally, the LED on the charger changes from "red" to "green" once the battery id fully charged, nice touch).
The following morning presented the StormWalker with ideal testing conditions, a typical cold, dark, frosty Edinburgh morning. I noticed the elements heating up a few moments of switching the battery on, if you switch the battery pack on five minutes before you leave the house, you'll be guarenteed to stay lovely and warm all the way to work! The jacket worked an absolute treat and had me wearing a self satisfied smug grin on my face all the way to work as I basked in the glorious warmth that the back and pocket heating panels provided me with!
I've been so pleased with my StormWalker that I'm very rarely seen with out it. Even on the coldest of days the jacket can be worn under a larger outer coat to ensure toasty warmth, without looking like the Michelin Man!
In short I'm really happy with the StormWalker! Okay, at £169.00 it's not the cheapest of jackets, and it could do to have a couple of extra pockets on the inside but for the sheer brilliance of it and the effective manner that it keeps your core warm, I don't regret the spend at all. Plus the bragging rights that it endows the wearer with (my jacket's used by Special Forces all over the world, what's so special about yours?) and the unforseen benfit that my girlfriend has taken to "koala-ing" me, or cuddling in to the back of me on nights out have to be worth something!