Despite this being a women’s jacket, it was tested over a 6 week period by a man, who stole it from the clutches of its intended recipient moments after its box was opened because it was “so shiny and lovely”. We’ll take that as a sign that it’s a smart bit of kit!
The Kinesis is indeed a great looking short jacket, designed with cooler-weather and high-activity in mind and styled to be flattering and sporty rather than figure-hugging to the point of mobility restricting.
It’s completely wind-proof, with a super light-weight shell made from ME’s Helium 30 denier, extremely tight-woven fabric which actually provides a few minutes of shower-proofing as well as protection from cold gusts.
That shimmery-shell is laid over a core of Polartec’s Alpha insulation, which is a man-made and highly-breathable warm layer that traps some of your body heat and makes the Kinesis actually a pretty warm little 2-season all-rounder. It’s been worn during work-days at a desk in a cold office and staved off the chill remarkably well, so deals with that kind of scenario as well is it does with high-activities like jogging or climbing.
The inner fabric – against the skin – is a shiny non-stick liner on the body sections (so it doesn’t grip to baselayer vests) and a soft, towelling-like grid material in the arms which helps add a little warmth and wicking to the areas where there is no Alpha.
The two hand-pockets are zip closed, so they’re secure for keys and valuables, and there’s a mesh-lined inner pocket for things which you need to keep close to your body.
The hood of the Kinesis is peaked and warm with the aforementioned grid-towelling material gripping to your hair and making the hood turn with your head (which I like). The peak is stiffened but only just enough to keep it from sagging, rather than being wired for extreme wind/rain. And the whole thing is adjustable with some really nice toggles that are positioned so they can’t whip you in the face.
The cuffs are elasticated, but the waist is drawstringed to seal out any breezes, and all the pulls are easy to use with or without gloves.
A single large-toothed YKK zipper does the business at the front and keeps out the cold via a simple wind-baffle behind it. It’s smooth and simple to do up, and is a double-zip if you need to undo the lower part and let some more air in.
Overall, the Kinesis has been a firm favourite for everything from hiking to hanging out. It’s rarely too warm or too cool to be worn comfortably, and looks as good on men and women, at the shops or on the hill.
At £150 it may make some people balk, but we can see this jacket being a firm 3-season favourite, teamed with a breathable waterproof to extend its use in to the early winter months and it should make a great investment piece.
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Price: £150 rrp