Wednesday 21 November 2012

Review: Trespass Mens DEFIED Ski Jacket from M and M Direct

A short while back I reviewed some boots for my girls from M and M Direct and they were obviously pleased as they came back and asked me if I'd like to review anything else. I informed them I'm off to Belarus in December and that I did not have a suitable coat and maybe they could help with that and help they certainly did!

I am now the proud owner of a very smart Trespass mens ski jacket. You might wonder why I opted for a mans jacket, the reason are two-fold.  Firstly I am a larger lady and I often find that ladies sports type clothing only goes up to an 18 or 20,  I need a 22.  Then the second reason is that my husband can wear this coat when I return and it will get some good wear. Seems a shame for it to sit in my cupboard once I come back, it is hardly likely you will ever find me going skiing after all!

The coat that was sent to me has an RRP of £199.99 as it is a high performance coat but M and M Direct have it for sale at the super special price of £59.99.  I did a search on the internet and I could not find the same coat anywhere else for cheaper and of course M and M Direct's strap-line is 'Biggest Brands, Lowest Prices' and this sure does back that up.

The Technical Stuff

Trespass are a name I know and trust, as dh is a Cub Leader he has always had lots of outdoor clothing in our house and this is a regular name he buys. As I mentioned this coat is really top-of-the-range and if I am honest, an average girl like me is not even sure what all the technology used in this coat is about, but I'll share with you as I am sure you are more 'with it' than me.

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The waterproof reading is the height in millimetres this column would reach before starting to seep through. So, 15000mm is in fact 15 meters of water held back by the fabric
  • Trespass technical performance rated 100 jacket
  • Radium peak performance fabric incorporates tres-tex membrane technology and is Waterproof to 15000mm, Breathable to 8000mvp and Windproof too
  • The fabric is supple and durable with functional coats and surface treatments that mean they repel water and work with your layering system to draw moisture away from the body
  • All seams are taped to further improve wet weather protection
  • Water repellent zips when closed will ensure and you and your pockets stay dry in even the worst weather
  • Coldheat insulation is lightweight and has a soft lofted fibre layer to hold in your body heat
  • Communications pocket is included inside the jacket especially for your mobile or 2 way radio, the warm environment prolongs mobile battery life (as cold weather drains it)
  • Zipped underarm venting for when you go from outside to in but do not want to remove your coat
  • Volume adjustable hood (which you can zip off). Just look at the picture of me, it sure covers up a lot and keeps you warm

  • Numerous zipped pockets both inside and outside the coat and even in the arm, also includes a special pocket for your goggles if you need them
  • Adjustable storm cuffs and snug cuffs inside to ensure the cold air cannot get in
  • Utility D ring
  • Detachable Ski skirt (or snow seal system depending what you call it) with loops/ poppers to attach to your pants

100% polyamide shell, 100% polyester lining and padding.

What do I think?

So far I have only worn this coat on the school run and to watch JJ play football on a chilly Saturday morning so it has not been put through a full test yet.  Once I return from Belarus I'll update this review and talk through how it worked in the real cold! I have to say that I have no reservations from what I have seen so far.

The things I really like about this coat are -

  •  the magnetic flap which closes over the zip, so effective but really simple.
  • That there are tons of pockets, I won't even need a bag in Belarus.
  • The comfy fabric and how lightweight it is for the warmth it gives
  • The reflective panels, these will give me a lot of peace of mind when dh is wearing it on his cycle
M and M Direct's service

This is the second time I have used M and M Direct and I will definitely keep them as a staple for the future.  They have such a great range of stuff for the kids, dh and me and at really excellent prices.  I have mentioned to a few friends and they all seemed to know about this online store and I have not heard one grumble about them. 

I love the fact that if you spend £30 or more you can get free UK standard delivery and I have found their deliveries to be quick and efficient. There is also a straight forward exchange or return policy and everything is crystal clear on thew website, no hidden surprises, which is good.

I'll leave you with a closer look at the coat and some of the features.  I am one happy lady, Thank you M and M Direct.

Disclosure: I received this coat free of charge for the purposes of this review.  I have not been instructed what to write and I remain honest.