Ridgeline Monsoon jacket – review

Many stalkers and wildfowlers choose a Ridgeline smock for the excellent protection it gives, but what if you prefer a jacket that you can open all the way down the front? 

The Ridgeline Monsoon jacket promises the best of both worlds: the convenience of a conventional jacket, with the same protection as a smock. It’s made from the same fabrics as Ridgeline’s smocks, with a 10,000mm hydrostatic head and 5,000g/m2 breathability, so it’s waterproof and very breathable.

The jacket has all the pockets you could need, including two handwarmer pockets with a waterproof zip, and a binocular pocket.

To help keep out the weather there’s a good high collar and a very functional hood with three points of adjustment and a wire at the front so it stays where you put it. The cuffs have a Velcro fastening, and the lack of a neoprene inner cuff allows air to circulate when needed.

This jacket comes in Ridgeline’s new Dirt camo, which is proving popular with stalkers in Scotland, who report that it blends in very well with the environment there. “I grew up with camo and I love this one, it really does the job,” says Nigel Winkle from Ridgeline’s UK distributor Highland Outdoors.

Ridgeline Monsoon Jacket hood

All in all, the Ridgeline Monsoon does what it says on the tin, Nigel says. “It’s built to last as well. We’ve spoken to guys that have had this gear 6 or 7 years. We pride ourselves on producing gear that works, and that people can have confidence in when they spend their hard-earned cash on it.”

For more from Highland Outdoors, visit HighlandOutdoors.co.uk

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