Ever heard of TOG24? I tested out their Strike Jacket a few months back and was a big fan. I’d never actually tried any of their clothing out before then, but it’s well worth a look if you’re after affordable, nice-looking outdoors wear.
If you haven’t heard of them, they’re an outdoors clothing brand based in Spen Valley, West Yorkshire. The motto stands for “Truth Over Glory Everyday”, which basically means that they design cloths for normal people that need something to wear to the pub or a nice country walk. It’s essentially honest, affordable outdoor clothing as opposed to something that’s marketed for adventurer types meant to withstand gale force winds.
For the last few weeks I’ve been trying out another piece of their range, the Beck Jacket. Here’s what I thought of it:
What is it?
Well, it’s a lightweight, hooded down jacket that’s designed to roll up into its own front pocket. It provides 750 fill-power, a measurement of the amount of air the fabric can trap, which in jacket terms is meant to be pretty warm.
Is it any good?
I’ve been wearing it for the best part of two months now and I like it a lot. Bear in mind the temperatures have fluctuated between about 5-13 degrees over that time period, it’s done a damn good job, although I doubt it’ll hold up it if it gets any colder – there have a been a few late night walks home where the temperature dipped and I wouldn’t have liked to have spent too long outdoors.
In terms of fit, I’m a small and it’s a very comfortable jacket. Sometimes when I buy small it can be a bit of a squeeze, but the sizing of the Beck jacket seems to be quite forgiving (a big positive after Christmas). The hood is also fairly loose until you pull the draw strings – I actually tend to wear a hat underneath it for extra warmth.
I didn’t realise until writing this that the jacket actually folds up into the front pocket, so having just tested that I can confirm it’s fits in nicely. The resultant ball is probably about the same size as a melon, so pretty easy to stick in your bag should the weather change. Would definitely be a good piece of kit for a spring summer walk.
Oh yeah, it isn’t water resistant (not sure I’ve ever tried a down jacket that is), so worth keeping that in mind if you’re planning on getting something to keep the rain and the cold off. Due to it being a light, thin piece of kit it’s fairy well designed to be used as a layer with a waterproof jacket over the top.
The only downside I can find is that that the main pockets at the front don’t have zips on. Not a major issue but definitely not wise to leave your wallet or keys in them – use the front pocket.
How does it look?
Really nice actually, I’ve only ever owned a couple of similar down jackets and I’m a big fan of the shape and colouring. I don’t generally have to dress too smart on a day to day basis so it fits with most of my outfits. There are also black and charcoal colour options on the website.
Who’s it designed for?
It would probably hold up as an outdoors jacket in the spring and summer months for a hiker, but as TOG24 have already said in their mission statement, they make clothes for real people and not extreme kit for adventurers. That said, I’ll probably end up taking it on walks with me along with a few other layers.
If you like the style of an outdoors jacket, and want something light and functional that’ll keep you warm, it’s a lovely piece of kit that looks smart with casual day wear.
How much does it cost?
£90 (at the point of publishing)
To find out more, head over to the TOG24 website here.
Thanks to TOG24 for providing the test product used in writing this review.