IR Red Ledge Allegory - Leesa
- Here is my IR on the Red Ledge Allegory Jacket. Its been a tough week -
broken camera, bomb threats at work, breaking up fights, etc, etc...
In the test folder at:
Anyway - I am redoing the photos - but have uploaded to the test folder and
will have new photos by the time I upload for good. Any camera
Red Ledge Allegory Jacket
Initial Report: October 27, 2008
5'7" (1.7 m)
150 lb (73 kg)
My outdoor experiences include trips varying in length from one-day
hikes to two-week trips. Most involve my three children. While my style
isn't as 'high adventure' as some, I do enjoy the time we spend outdoors.
My load used to be HEAVY - think pack mule. Now that the kids carry their
own gear, plus the two oldest help carry the food, etc, my load is lighter.
I go for durability over weight when selecting gear.
While outdoors, I spend time hiking, geocaching, snowshoeing,
cross-country skiing and camping. I spend almost as much time outdoors
during the winter as I do during the summer.
Product Name: Red Ledge Allegory Jacket
Manufacturer: Red Ledge
Year of Manufacture:
Size Tested: Large
Advertised Weight: 16.5 oz (468 g) (size medium)
Measured Weight: 18 oz (510 g) (size large)
Size Tested: Women's Large
Sizes Available: Women's XS - XL (Men's sizes also available)
Color Tested: Obsidian
Colors Available: Cool Mint, Grey Vapor, Soft Blue and Delft.
Coating: T-Core(R) waterproof/breathable
Seams: 100% taped.
Shell: Combination of Dupont Tactel nylon and reinforcement rip-stop nylon
taffeta with DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
Lining: Breathable polyester mesh and nylon taffeta.
Features (taken from website)
� Exterior and interior storm flaps
� Waterproof pit-zips for ventilation
� Attached hood with visor, peripheral vision adjustment and roll down
� Two waterproof zip pockets for secure storage
� Elasticized cuffs with adjustable Velcro(R) closures
� Adjustable draw cord at waist and bottom hem
� Packable into interior pocket
The Red Ledge Allegory Jacket is constructed of Tactel nylon and reinforced
with rip-stop nylon taffeta with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. The
two fabrics are a slightly different shade of black (obsidian). It has
taped and/or sealed seams and zippers. It also features a breathable
polyester mesh and a nylon taffeta lining. The elasticized cuffs have hook
and loop closures, that allow for adjustment of the cuff's tightness.
There is a draw cord at both the waist, and bottom hem to keep out wind and
cold air. The draw cords for the waist are located inside the two front
pockets. Both sets work well - easy to pull and secure. The two pockets
provide waterproof storage for carry along necessities.
The Allegory fits very well, with enough room to wear a couple of layers
underneath. I will be trying it with different combinations throughout the
test period. If I were testing in the spring/summer, I may have gone with a
medium. The sleeves are long enough (which isn't always the case with
jackets I try on) and the cuffs adjust enough to wear with a bulky shirt, or
bare wrists. The jacket hits at the top of my thighs, which I really like
so far. The hood covers my head, coming forward past the fronts of my
ears. I am curious to see how it affects my peripheral vision when wearing
it up while hiking.
There are quite a few zippers on this jacket; the main front zipper, two pit
zippers, the built in stuff pocket (double sided) zipper and 2 side storage
An unusual feature is the way the hood rolls down into a collar, and secures
with a strip of fabric that has hook and loop strips to hold it in place.The
hood can be stored within a pocket inside the back, top of the jacket.
The top inner part of the jacket is lined with nylon mesh, and the bottom
section of lining is nylon taffeta as are the sleeves and inner hood.
There is also a storage pocket inside the jacket that allows the jacket to
be folded up and stored. When stored, it measures approximately 9 X 6 X 4
in (23 X 15 X 10 cm) There is also a small loop of nylon that allows the
jacket when stored in its sack, to be hooked onto a caribiner (or similar
device) and attached to a pack, or within a tent.
The jacket's seams are sealed over the stitches with either seam tape, or
with sealing glue. Red Ledge appears to have paid attention to details on
this jacket. Everything is well finished. The zipper pulls are finished
with pull cords that are securely attached. The front zipper flap has four
pieces of hook and loop fasteners, to keep wind and rain away from the
zipper. There is a snap at the bottom of the zipper.
The jacket is what I expected from the advertising on the web page. I am
anxious to wear the jacket out in rainy weather. November tends to be rainy
in Maine, so I'm sure I won't have to wait long. I am also curious to see
how it does in windy weather - does it block the wind along with rain? I
had to reread the information about the breathability and waterproofness of
the jacket. From what I understand, the fibers are porous enough to allow
warm air to escape, but not allow water to enter. This is one area that I
will definitely be looking at closely. It would be nice to have some
breathability, so that perspiration doesn't become a problem. Staying dry
from inner or outer moisture is always a good thing.
Our weather is consistently inconsistent, but we can usually count on a wet
November, along with blustery winds. By December we are seeing snow, and
usually the wet, heavy variety. In January and February, as the
temperatures drop, the snow tends to increase, but become much drier and
more powdery. I snowshoe quite a bit in the winter and plan on wearing
this jacket as an outer layer to see how well it sheds snow and moisture.
I usually stay fairly warm while snowshoeing, but getting wet and then
stopping for a break causes me too cool off too much.
I am looking forward to testing the Red Ledge Allegory Jacket. Thanks to
Red Ledge and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity. Check back in about
2 months for my field report.
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