With hiking light and fast the plan these days, it was great to receive a sample of the Salewa Pedroc Alpha Jacket to test out. Perfect for that use, it also works for trail running and also as a midlayer.
Wonder what Salewa means? Saddler and Leather Wares = SA (Sattler / Saddler) LE (Leder / Leather) WA (Waren / Wares). Now you know. I’ll admit that Salewa hasn’t always been on my radar – I’d heard of them, but they seemed like an esoteric German brand and weren’t seen very often in the U.S. In 2007, a branch of the business was established in Boulder, CO to amp up their US presence. They are now headquartered in Bolzano, Italy.
Definitely an active fitting jacket (read: on the tight side) the Pedroc Alpha is made to be highly breathable and water-repellent. The Polatec® Alpha® insulation offers active insulation, combined with a body mapping system that utilizes different materials in various parts of the jacket. I especially dig the thumb loops, always a benefit when facing varying temps. This is a lightweight jacket at 12.6 ounces for a Men’s XL.
The tag on the Pedroc Alpha Jacket indicates that it was manufactured in China; not sure whether that’s the case for all Salewa apparel.
I wore this jacket camping last weekend, used it as a midlayer under my Winter coat (that’s where that tighter fit really works), and my son wore it while hiking around Devil’s Lake. Very versatile and comfortable jacket.
I didn’t find any cons for this jacket. If I had to nit-pick, I’d say the zipper is on the small side for my big fingers.
Also check out my review of the Salewa Ultra Flex Mid GTX Shoes.