Recently I was asked to review the Jack Wolfskin Monterey Texapore Ecosphere Jacket for Cotswold Outdoor.
I waited a while to post this review, as I like to fully test a product before I give my opinion. Plus I needed it to rain so that I could actually test its waterproof capabilities, and for some reason the UK has been unseasoningly sunny recently…
Still, we’ve also had our fair share of cold, sunny days so I made the most of a day off and headed out on a lovely wander!
I’ve never actually bought anything from Jack Wolfskin as a brand. Maybe because I tend to stick to what I know, I’m unsure, but I have always heard good things.
With everyone thankfully becoming far more plastic conscious and environmentally aware, I was looking forward to testing this jacket out, not just because it looks good, but also because it’s the first 100% recycled jacket, well the outer fabric, membrane and lining are. With world environment day coming up, it’s great to see that Jack Wolfskin is a brand that truly does want to make a difference.
Just a quick scan through the Jack Wolfskin section on the Cotswold Outdoor site shows you how many of their products are made of recycled materials, and it’s great to see. I’d be interested to see how this compares to other outdoor brands, certainly. By conserving raw materials and reducing C02 emissions during production, they’re already helping before they’ve begun creating these jackets. The outer fabric and lining are produced in an upcycling process from PET bottles, helping to combat the environmental impact of single use plastics.
As an example, this jacket is made of over 20 bottles. How cool is that?!
I was very impressed with the quality of this jacket. I am always dubious about how a jacket made of plastic bottles can be breathable, but this certainly was and I can’t fault it!