The Lakpa Rita jacket and trousers from Sherpa Adventure Gear are an easy combination to like.
The Lakpa Rita Hardshell Jacket is a no-nonsense, no fuss, good all-round waterproof. I liked the styling and fit, and found the pockets were in just the right place for someone like me who likes to walk along with his hands on his belly! They are, of course, placed to be accessible when wearing a harness, and that lean towards being a mountaineering jacket transfers to the hood too, which is large enough to take a helmet.
It’s made from a combination of two eVent® waterproof fabrics – strategically placed nylon ripstop and nylon taffeta, which make for a sensible approach to the design of a jacket that is intended to be used for mountaineering and Alpinism. I found the jacket to be impressively waterproof, whilst managing to be very breathable at the same time – a hard-to-find combination.
I’ve worn mine over the last few weeks on Helvellyn, and with wind speeds of around 70mph and temperatures down to -14C (with wind chill) it’s stood up to the worst weather the winter Lakeland hills can throw at it. I’d like to see more than one hood adjustment point though – the one at the back actually just snugs in the neck and chin, but leaves the face very open to those icy blasts, so maybe that’s something the guys at Sherpa Adventure Gear will take on board. But aside from that, this is a very, very nice technical jacket.
All the zips on this jacket benefit from a covering when zipped closed, which I like too – saves them getting iced up when it’s really cold and snowy.
At £280 the Lakpa Rita is by no means an expensive buy either – there are many more expensive hardshells out there that don’t come close to this offering from Sherpa in terms of design and build quality. You can buy it direct from Sherpa here: http://www.sherpaadventuregear.co.uk/mens-c1/lakpa-rita-hardshell-jacket-rathee-p324
The Lakpa Rita Hardshell Pants sit nicely alongside the jacket, and offer the same superb design and build qualities. I fell in love with mine immediately, and almost got rid of my favourite, very old, pair of salopettes as soon as the Lakpa Ritas arrived.
The pair I received stood up to a couple of weeks of foul weather, worn alongside the jacket, but I was dismayed to find that in a particularly heavy day of wet weather, they started to let water in. I mentioned this to Sherpa Adventure Gear, and they got me a replacement pair, delivered to my door, the very next day. You really can’t say fairer than that! This second pair have shown that they can indeed stand up to rain, convincing me that there must have been a flaw in the first pair.
Again, zips on the trousers benefit from a covering when zipped closed, and all-in-all these are a very useful pair of waterproof trousers for any outdoor pursuit.
At £240 the Lakpa Rita pants are not the cheapest on the market, but again, you are buying quality here, and I hope mine will last a good few seasons. http://www.sherpaadventuregear.co.uk/mens-c1/hardshells-c10/lakpa-rita-hardshell-pant-black-p19