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Jun 19, 2015

Review: Quechua Arpenaz 300 3-in-1 Rain Jacket

Quechua’s Arpenaz 300 3-in-1 jacket proved to be a great companion during a Search and Rescue (SAR) course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi.

WRITTEN BY

Yogesh Kumar

In an outdoor setting, going with a sub-standard piece of gear will take a toll on the pleasure and comfort of your trek or expedition. Quechua’s Arpenaz 300 3-in-1 rain jacket has it all- it protects your upper body from almost all the elements. Unpredictable weather during my Search and Rescue (SAR) course in the mountains at an altitude over 12,500ft, provided all sorts of conditions to use and abuse this jacket. We reached our campsite and were immediately welcomed by windchill and snowfall. I used the jacket constantly for eight days.

Warm and cozy jacket
Warm and cozy jacket

Its outer layer (currently available in two colors- blue and red), lining and inner jacket is made up of 100% polyester. I took a huge gamble by deciding not to take my feather jacket with me into the mountains. Just because it would have taken a lot of space, I assumed I would survive the treacherous cold wearing just this jacket. My comrades and I were impressed with the flexibility it offered. It has removable inner fleece (with warm lining in the pockets) which can be zipped or unzipped according to the requirements.

Novadry technology used in the outer jacket has a basic level of waterproofing (100% taped seams) and breathability (hydrophilic coating); it wicks away perspiration as well. It worked great during snowfall which was a norm at my campsite. Its hood is removable using press studs. Adjustable height of the hood using an elastic draw-cord and toggles and adjustable depth using a rip-tab positioned at the back of the head could be used for better face protection. It protected my eyes and forehead from snow flakes falling directly.

Arpenaz 300 3-in-1 jacket (in red) won many hearts
Arpenaz 300 3-in-1 jacket (in red) won many hearts

It has two warm hand pockets, one outer chest pocket and one Napolean-style pocket on the left hidden under the main flap. All pockets are zipped. Its safe Napolean-style pocket could be used to store camera batteries as it has a warm lining. Its sleeves are adjustable using rip-tabs. The outer layer is of standard cut which makes it possible for other fleeces to be worn under it for additional warmth. It also has a fastening drawcord around the waist to prevent air-entry.

I could go out in snowfall without worrying
I could go out in snowfall without any worry

Its 3-in-1 flexibility makes it usable on and off trails but its weight can restrict its use. It weighs about 1150 gms in a large size, so it cannot be used for alpine climbing. Also, its fleece jacket is a size smaller if you detach it and wear it alone. But overall, this jacket is a great accessory to be worn in the mountains.

Pros: Water repellent, windproof, breathable and flexible.

Cons: Heavy so can’t be used for alpine climbing, fleece jacket is a size smaller when detached.

Specifications:

  • Waterproof and breathable; Novadry technology used.
  • Detachable hood with fitted visor.
  • Removable fleece inner jacket with warm lining in the pockets.
  • 4 pockets on outer layer and 2 pockets on fleece jacket. All are zipped.
  • Adjustable sleeves using rip-tabs.
  • Fastening elastic drawcord around waist.

Price: Rs. 4,599

Place: Decathlon

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Adventurers & Explorers

Jun 29, 2018

Nixon Regulus: Timekeeping on the Engagés Greenland Expedition

During May of 2018, The Outdoor Journal reported on five French entrepreneurs who were traversing Greenland’s toughest terrain.

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WRITTEN BY

Maxime Lainé

Their goal was to complete 700km in 30 days. In the face of much adversity, the expedition finally made it home to Paris, having being trapped at the finish line without food, and unable to extract themselves due to bad weather.

You can read about those final few days here, and how Maxime Lainé reflected on the journey here.

Before leaving, Max and the Engagés team had to make key decisions regarding the kit that they would carry. One of those choices regarded timekeeping, and Max shares his experience of using a Nixon Regulus watch below.

The is the most impactful experience of my life… for now.

I crossed Greenland, from west to east, along the Polar Circle with 4 other entrepreneurs. It took 31 days to cross more than 550 kilometres of ice by foot, experiencing the harshest environment we had never faced. For this reason, we invested 6 months of preparation, mentally, physically, and planning our equipment. We tested and choose every piece of our equipment very carefully because eventually, our lives could depend on it.

We are very touched that some companies supported us in this crazy adventure, all in their own way. This was the case for Nixon, the watch brand. Via my role as co-founder of Weesurf, I have already had the chance to work with them.

I was very impressed by their will to take risk, and to give a chance to a young startup. That’s what I liked. As such, I decided to knock to their door again, this time with the opportunity to share with them another, but a very different adventure.

Juliette, Angélique and Louis from Nixon, provided each member of the Engagés team with the Nixon Regulus 46MM.

This watch was with us throughout our adventure, it faced the same extreme conditions that we faced, and today I’m still wearing it in one piece as I write this article (which isn’t the case for my toes). For this reason, I want to share with you some key points about this watch, and what makes it’s different.

Resistance

This is the most resistant watch I have ever had. As a surfer, I used to have a lot of them, but no other had ever convinced me that it is truly resistant. We were consistently facing extreme temperatures reaching up to -40°C, and still I never had any battery or display problems.

Weight

At first glance, it might look quite heavy, but is actually surprisingly light. For obvious reasons, this was a key point for us, we needed to carry as little weight as possible. The Regulus passed the test.

Features

The Regulus has what you need: a clock, stopwatch, alarm and timer. However, there is one feature that I particularly appreciate, much like the world clock on our phone, you can set two different times. It was very helpful for us to know what time it was in France, when we wanted and needed to think about our friends and family. When we were thinking about what they were doing at that very moment while we were on our side of the world facing the harsh environment. It helped us keep moving forwards, no matter what. It helped us overcome those daily challenges, and make it to the other side of Greenland.

Bracelet

Throughout the whole expedition, I didn’t take it off, when were setting up the camp, when we were walking, when we were sleeping, when we were cooking, when we were fixing stuff… it never broke. There is an extra element that keeps the bracelet well locked, as if it was made from just one piece, so it fits perfectly to your wrist.

Design

The watch might look quite big off the wrist, but the buttons are smoothly incorporated into the watch, so clothes did not stuck when we had to remove or put them on quickly. More than anything, the buttons are easy to tap, even when wearing gloves. This is a huge advantage because that last thing that you want to do is remove our several pairs of gloves when it was -40C.

Style

Robust and modest. It just rocks.

If you would like to find out more about the Nixon Regulus, then you can do so here.

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