Quick question please. The Ridgeline Elite smock is this the latest model out? I'm told the MK2 will be out later in the year, is that right and is it worth buying this years model, as they seem to be a good price currently?
Yes, it really was/is! I'd probably consider the mk 1 as entirely non breathable if my experience with it is anything to go for - significant condensation it it even when sat still wearing it for more than 30 mins at a time. A real shame, as the design etc is great - so if they have sorted out the breathability with the 'elite' version, then it's probably a winner.
Coincidentally, there is now a very similar offering from 'Jack Pyke' - the Argyll Smock http://www.jackpyke.co.uk/products/clothing/argyll-smock.aspx however, i can't find any details on the supposed breathability of the membrane on the net (which may be a bad sign!) - so until someone can speak from personal experience on it, may be best to steer clear of that version.
I own a monsoon elite smock but in checking about there is a new 2017 model the monsoon elite II. By all accounts they have changed the fabric AGAIN. It is no longer brushed on the outside (which is my main issue with mine as it holds water something terrible).
The new model appears to also be even more breathable, which again wouldn’t be hard.
The smock is great for wet and COLD weather. Above 6/8oC and it’s like a bin bag if your on the move.
One of those things I WANT to love but has just a few annoying issues. Which by all accounts may be fixed in this 2017 version. Shame I can’t trade in the last one for it.