With the British weather like it is and me venturing into Open Water training i was pleased when the guys at Zone3 sent me a parka to test at the same time as the Aspire Wetsuit (Review to follow soon). There are several companies now selling post swim all weather parka’s to keep you warm but the price point of this one is lower than some other leading brands. (Currently £70)
When it arrived i was impressed with the quality and design. The length and size was perfect for me (I have a large) and i liked the Black/grey colour split with the red stripe on the hood.
Looks are important but their comfort, durability and warmth is more important! The wind and water resistant outer has served me well on several windswept trips to my local beach for sea swims and the cozyzone polar fleece is warm and doesn’t stay wet.
The 2 pockets on the inside are perfect for storing hat and goggles (Lower one) and the zipped upper is great for your phone, keys and wallet. It even has a hole for your headphones to go through.
The open hem on the sleeves allow you to pull your arms in to get changed and i have found it easy to use as a changing tent rather than trying to hide within a towel!
I have to say that i have been using my parka more and more and find it the first thing i grab if heading to the beach, or race as it’s great pre and post event. My biggest issue now is wearing it as since my wife has found how warm it is she is very reluctant to give it up when i get out of the water or finish a race!
If you are looking at getting a pre/post race jacket i would strongly consider the Zone3 Parka as it’s good value, good quality and a stylish bit of kit. Just be warned that you may lose it quickly to a loved one, or number 1 supporter!