By Richard M Harpham
The Palm Arcadia is a lightweight ventilated touring jacket which zips up well to provide good protection from the elements, wind, rain and spray. It comes in a choice of colours for men of green (on test) and sherbet (orange colour), whilst the women’s version comes in a vibrant red.
First and foremost the cut, colours and features of the jacket are fantastic. On test we had two other paddlers come up to us wanting one of these. The chest pocket is useful for bits and bobs and the hand warming pouch is perfect for colder days or in between paddling sessions. It has the usual features of an adjustable hood, double waist for spraydecks and Velcro cuffs.
The votes are in and the decision is unanimous, everybody from the team who has tried the Arcadia has loved it. Our test jacket has been out on an SUP Safari, sea kayaking at the Needles, on the Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme and for general activities. It is a good looking and comfortable technical jacket that would be at home cycling or as it would be on the water.
- Palm’s XP fabric with 2.5 layer configuration
- YKK AquaGuard zipped kangaroo pocket
- Handwarmer pocket with fleece lining
- ¼ zip neck for venting
- Exoskin gaskets with Velcro adjustable cuffs
- Twin waist for spray decks
- Drawcord adjustable waist
- Adjustable zip off hood (helmet compatible)
- Reflective detail
Colours: (Green or Sherbet)
- Durability 4
- Features 4
- Value for money 4
- Comfort 5
- Look/feel 5