Sherpa Kriti Tech Jacket Review

by Ian Morton

Ian Morton in the Baato Pant and Kriti Tech I have been testing this new Sherpa jacket for the last few weeks of 2014. The jacket forms part of Sherpa’s Spring/Summer 2014 “Khangri Alpine Collection”. It is intended to be a “breathable wind and water-resistant second-skin” and it does this exceedingly well in my recent experience. The Kriti Tech has a typical Sherpa “understated” look which I always like.

There is a splash of red on the chest pocket and the usual, discreet “endless knot “ embroidery on the reverse but otherwise the jacket is made of very sturdy single-layer black softshell which so far has no pulls or marks despite a number of scrambles.

The fit is “athletic” or “close” – in other words it is designed not to billow in the breeze and for this reason it is also exceedingly stretchy – I am not normally a fan of closely-fitted gear for hill days but this jacket does what it is meant to do very well. The only aspect I found a little puzzling is the sleeve length – which seem quite long (with no thumb loops) – albeit, whether intentional or not) this allows some hand coverage without gloves on breezy summits.

There are two waist pockets (which were still partly accessible even with a rucksack on) and an adjustable hem – I have not needed to adjust the hem given the close fit ( I am a 40” chest and have the “Medium” size). There is no hood but a useful raised collar and it is reasonably light to carry at c. 400g.

The Kriti Tech is treated with a DWR which works very well for showers (even prolonged showers) but which will eventually soak up any heavy rain. It does dry very quickly in the breeze though and in Summer being caught in a brief downpour wouldn’t be a concern as long as it wasn’t too cold.

I have used the Kriti Tech on numerous occasions since April in varying terrain and conditions in The Dales, The Lakes, The Peak District and Snowdonia – and from short two-hour walks to a few hours scrambling and leading a twelve-hour Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge event. Whether worn all day as a very breathable outer-layer or as a spare layer in my rucksack on warmer/showery days I have been delighted with its performance and would thoroughly recommend it for Spring and Autumn when continuous rain is not forecast – and luckily we have had plenty of those days so far this year!

Ian is an MTA member and partner in Striding Ahead LLP.

by Paul Poole

Jacket review This summer (2013) I have been using the Sherpa Kriti Tech Jacket. Initially I was surprised at the sizing of the jacket. Now, I’m always a size medium, so whenever I buy a jacket I actually don’t need to try it on, when I 1st put the Kriti on the sleeves almost went past my hands and the length was long! I like things that are simple yet functional and I’ve used it over the last couple of months as a wind proof whilst climbing, part of a layering system mountaineering and casually down the pub, all with success!

It has an asymmetrical zip which i personally prefer, a small chest pocket with internal slot for headphones (maybe so I can answer the phone on the hill!) and a very soft stretchy material all over!

It has a comfortable and snug fit especially when worn with a harness because of its longer length and it has definitely kept the chilly autumnal winds we’ve had the last few weeks at bay.

After its regular washing it appears almost dry before its left the washing machine!

Personally I like the flexibility of a hood and for such long sleeves thumb loops would be a useful addition. Overall though a really comfortable fitting jacket which seems great value for money.

Paul Poole is a course provider for Mountain Training and runs PaulPooleMountaineering in North Wales