The Mister and I have been dog-sitting for the past couple of weeks so we were more than happy that the day Havana came to stay the rain stopped and the sun came out. Havana (aka Princess Yum Yum) is a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and not a sheep or teddy bear (if you were wondering).  Cute isn’t she?

Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Is it time for walkies?

It was excellent timing that Blacks had just asked me check-out out a North Face Resolve jacket –  perfect for dog-walking in the Sussex countryside in this fresh, breezy spring weather.

Me and Havana

The North Face Women’s Resolve Jacket

The North Face Resolve Insulated Jacket

The Resolve jacket is waterproof, breathable and seam sealed for wet weather and it’s made from a durable Ripstop HyVent™ fabric. The jacket comes with 60g Heatseeker™ synthetic lightweight insulation for extra warmth.  It allows your body to breathe whether you’re trekking, walking the dog or even out in the snow.  There’s an adjustable stowable hood, brushed chin guard and mesh lining. The centre zip has a Velcro storm flap for added weatherproofing, two zipped pockets and tailored styling and it weighs just 410g.

What’s to Love?

The jacket is totally waterproof so that when it rained the water just rolled straight off, without soaking into the fabric, keeping me completely dry.   The hood is adjustable so didn’t blow down in the wind and kept my hair dry too – my hair frizzes and doubles in size in the slightest drizzle so that was a big plus.  When not in use the hood stows neatly away in the back of the collar.  The funnel necked chin-guard looks great and had the added bonus of stopping the wind whipping around my throat. There’s a cinched hem so no unwanted drafts there either.  I love that this jacket is tailored for women to give a neat fitted look and is light enough to slip into a rucksack or bag without being bulky.  Despite being very lightweight the jacket kept me really warm and as it’s breathable I didn’t get hot and clammy.  Basically this jacket has the cold, wet weather sewn up.

The North Face Resolve Insulated Jacket

What’s not to love?

I wasn’t keen on the elasticated cuffs.  An adjustable cuff with velcro or fastener to keep wrists snug would have been preferable and would give the sleeves a more structured, finished look.

I shall be wearing the jacket again today while I watch the Hastings Half Marathon – nice day for it 🙂

Disclaimer: My ‘North Face’ Resolve Insulated Jacket was kindly provided by Blacks