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I wanted something for gardening, light forestry and everyday wear. To be protective from plants etc, wind and sun.. Living in the Lake District UK now, but will return home to sub tropical north NZ. I was deciding between the No.8 and No.10. The 10 fits the bill as it is lighter and easier to move in. I think being lighter it is more versatile for layering. The 10 is beastier, would be better for cold winds and if you wanted to run through gorse bushes. The 10 doesn't have the extra storm flap at the neck, and the fabric is thinner and breathes better. I won't wax it for rain protection myself, as I don't think it would take much wax/do much. The hood is excellent. Big, well adjustable and protects nicely. Good enough to be a sun hat, and the feature I wanted most. My intention is to use this as part of layering, either under a rain jacket, or over or under a Swanndri. (Over fits snug but fine) I am 181cm tall, 91cm chest and the small is perfect. The zips are no-brand, seem alright, hopefully will hold up ok. I can see the nod to fashion, the leather logo on the shoulder, the leather zip toggles (I've removed all except the pit vent ones for access), though the leather ends on the front hood adjustors are good for weighing down the strings in the wind. The leather looks nice on it, and the garment is well made, well designed and looks good. I would have liked a little more length, but I am used to a Swanndri and 'the NZ style' I guess. It is roomy, the ventilation zips are good size and work well. Overall I think it's very good for what I want it for. Service from the Ray Mears team was excellent, thank you.
Glyn20th November, 2020