There are certain items of clothing that you immediately fall in love with. The Gombu Hooded Jacket from Sherpa Adventure Gear is one such garment. It’s actually such a simple, clean-cut design – no-frills where you don’t need them, but nice touches exactly where they’re appreciated – that this quickly became my must-pack warmth layer for days in the hills.
I actually thought of the Gombu as being a belay jacket for all those days spent standing around at the bottom of windy crags, and it works really well for that, but I also now pack it for mountain walking adventures too – at 420g you don’t notice the weight in your rucksack, but once you stop for a coffee or a chat about the map it seems to almost radiate its own heat!
The outer is a simple stretch ripstop shell, giving good wind-stopping properties which also just happen to be drizzle resistant too. It’s deliberately shiny, giving minimal friction when sliding it on over a mid layer, or under an outer shell.
That radiant glow you get when wearing the Gombu comes from an insulation of PrimaLoft Gold, which is not only warm, but is breathable, lightweight, and it also retains heat even when it’s wet.
There are three pockets – two of which are handwarmers, whereas the other is a chest pocket for small essentials.
Cuffs are all made of stretchy Lycra, while the hem has a draw for keeping out chilling drafts. The hood is big enough to take a helmet, and there is even a nice soft chin guard.
As with all clothing from Sherpa Adventure Gear, a proportion of every sale of a Gombu Jacket goes towards the Paldorje Education Foundation which provides scholarships for Sherpa children.
At £150 rrp the Gombu Hooded Jacket from Sherpa Adventure Gear is a must-have bargain for all seasons. Standard colours are Sarkar Blue, or Black, but mine came in a bright yellowy-green which the guys at Sherpa called Korsani. Go on, buy one today!