Reviewed by Cath Joyce
We are keen walkers, covering hundreds of miles a year, both on the local fells and further afield. We generally walk three or four times every week, more over the summer months and we don’t let the weather stop us going out, living in the North West you quickly get used to the rain! Obviously, a walk in the rain is far more pleasant with the right gear and I was quite excited to receive the Dare 2 B Women’s Veritas III Waterproof Jacket, as my current waterproof has seen better days and is starting to leak a little.
The Veritas III Waterproof Jacket is a lined four-season mountain shell which is made from highly waterproof and breathable ARED20/20 stretch-woven fabric. Designed with two-way water-repellent zips to the front and underarms and a wired peak hood with quick-adjust cords it not only looks very stylish but is practical too. With watertight zipped pockets, adjustable cuffs and hem this jacket had all the things I look for in a waterproof and I couldn’t wait to try it out. The best way to test a waterproof jacket is to wear it on a long hike and as the jacket arrived a few days before a weekend trip to the beautiful Lake District the timing was perfect.
I ordered a size larger than I would normally wear, as I like to have a little room in a waterproof jacket so that when it is cooler I can wear a few thinner layers or a jumper underneath. When I first put it on it did initially look a little wide around the hips, but this was quickly sorted by tightening the draw cord around the bottom of the jacket, giving a much better fit. I was really pleased with the length of the arms, I am 6’ tall with long arms and I have found over the years that sleeve lengths in women’s waterproofs do tend to be quite short on me, I was therefore pleasantly surprised when I put the jacket on and found the sleeves were just the right length. Another feature of waterproof coats that I look at are the hood, it needs to fit nicely on my head and stay up when the weather is bad. The hood on the Veritas III waterproof jacket was a good fit and with the zip fully up, stayed nicely on my head, even when it was windy on the top of the mountains. The wired peak hood helped prevent the hood from flopping in my face and also keeps the rain off my face. I can also easily wear a woolly hat when it is colder and still wear my hood up.
When we set off on our walk the weather was quite pleasant, so I put the jacket in my rucksack, it folded up quite small and as it only weighs 551g it wasn’t too heavy to carry on a long walk.
As we climbed higher the weather began to worsen and as we reached the top of Riggindale the temperature dropped and we found ourselves in the cloud, we then decided it was time to put our waterproofs on as it not only protected me from the damp cloud but being windproof kept the wind out too.
With two zipped underarm vents the jacket was comfortable enough to wear for the remainder of the walk and I was really impressed with the breathability of the fabric.
The jacket has plenty of pockets, there is a zipped chest pocket with water repellent zip which was perfect for my phone and there are two zipped lower pockets which have water repellent zips. A zipped internal pocket was great for keeping my keys and money safe.
I didn’t get the chance to test how waterproof it was whilst we were in the Lake District as for once it didn’t rain but I did wear it to nip to the shops on a particularly wet morning and it kept me totally dry.
I really love this coat – it is very comfortable to wear, keeps me dry and looks great on too.
Currently on sale at £64.00 it is an absolute bargain and will be getting plenty of use over the coming months. The coat is available in four different colours and in sizes 8 -20 from the Dare 2B website. They have great selection of coats available on their website with a number currently in the sale so why not take a look here?
Rating: 5 out of 5
RRP: £80 (currently on sale at £64) (editor’s note – at the time of writing the review)
This product can be purchased from Dare 2B here.