Sasta Peski Ventile Anorak
Ventile, originally designed in the UK, is densely woven from 100% cotton using the world’s finest long staple fibre. Ventile is not coated or laminated yet the combination of the dense weave and the swelling properties of the fibres when wet provide excellent weatherproofing. It is an entirely natural product that offers a unique level of comfort, look and feel as well as being windproof, highly breathable, very durable and quiet.
The technical Peski Ventile anorak is as great a companion in the great outdoors and I am certain you will love it. It combines being able to offer great features in an un-complicated style.
Caring for your Ventile garment is dead simple and we recommend you wash with Nik Wax Tech Wash and re-proof/rejuvenate it with Nik Wax Cotton Proof. Hang it up and dry in airing cupboard or warm room, then simply iron with a cool iron.
- Adjustable protective hood
- Mouldable peak
- Zip pockets
- Breast pocket with zip
- Adjustable waist
- Adjustable hem
- Cuffs adjustable with velcro tape
- Constructed from L24 Ventile Cloth
I picked my Sasta Peski Ventile Anorak up from the Bushcraft store (many thanks for the great advice whilst there) on my way to a week in the Welsh borders that coincided with Storm Calum hitting the UK. I had been looking at the option of replacing my now defunct G’tex jacket for most of the summer with something that I hoped would be reasonably light, hardwearing, quiet and have a decent balance of waterproofness vs breathability. I had been concerned that Ventile wouldn’t prove to be as waterproof as I was looking for but decided to take the plunge based on web reviews and advice. I can only say that after the initial month of wearing, I am very happy with the anorak.
The anorak has performed surprisingly well during days spent stalking wildlife in torrential rain and wind. For comparison, I was wearing new F’raven G1000 trousers (untreated) during the same weather conditions and the Ventile material proved to be much more waterproof. Maybe worth noting, in the rain, the anorak become noticeably stiffer (I am guessing as the fibres swelled) but this wasn’t an issue in terms of function. I also experimented with purposely putting on too many mid layers underneath and pushing the pace uphill to build up a sweat (I tend to run hot) and found there was none of the clammy build up of condensation inside the jacket (as I experienced with G’tex).
The hood is excellent with the stiffened panel along the brim keeping the material from collapsing and providing a great field of view. It’s certainly big enough to put a helmet of large hat on underneath if you need to but didn’t get blown back off my head despite some strong winds. The chest pocket and handwarmer ‘tube’ behind it both functioned well and, for me, are at a convenient position on the front of the anorak. I have been wearing an over-belt with the anorak at times and there’s no problem with access to the pockets.
I can’t comment on the durability as it’s only a month old but so far so good. Other reviewers have mentioned the thin draw cords used on the waist band and hood, but these haven’t given me any problems. I have worn the anorak when tending wood fires too and been reassured that the anorak won’t melt if hit by sparks. In terms of weight, I don’t really notice the different between it and my old mountain G’tex jacket, so this hasn’t been an issue for me.
Overall, I can thoroughly recommend the Sasta Peski Ventile Anorak if you are in the market for this type of garment.