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Ferox Apalone Jacket | Review

This might be one of the toughest waterproof jackets out there. And it’s breathable as well...

Why We Chose The Ferox Apalone Jacket: Properly tough, protective, and breathable

We like new brands on the block here at Outdoors Magic. They often throw up some interesting kit, thinking-outside-the-box kind of stuff. This Apalone Jacket from start-up British brand Ferox is a case in point. Three young British guys are behind it, all bringing their backgrounds in outdoor, military and equestrian into the design process and they’ve managed to create a very decent product.

Who Is The Ferox Apalone Jacket For?

With its neutral colours, subtle logos, admirable protection and super tough durability, we’d say this is one of those jackets for the Filson crowd who are more into the bushcraft side of the outdoors than the sport of it all. The brand also state that they had the armed forces in mind with this as well. In fact, they offer a 10% discount to anyone employed by the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

Ferox offer a 10% discount to anyone employed by the UK’s MOD. Photo: Mike Brindley


The membrane they’ve opted for here is by Porelle. Based in Norfolk, they’ve been making waterproof fabrics for a long list of brands for a number of years now. Ever tried out Sealskinz waterproof gloves or socks? If so, then you’ve tried Porelle. Their top spec Extreme fabric is used here, a three-layer system with a claimed waterproof Hydrostatic Head rating of 30,000mm and breathability rating of 25,000 g/m2/24 hours. Decent numbers then – similar to Gore-Tex Pro.

“There’s also extra reinforcement right across the forearms where Ferrox have placed a high tenacity 350 Denier polyamide yarn”

As well as its tough twill weave nylon shell fabric throughout, there’s also extra reinforcement right across the forearms where Ferox have placed a high tenacity 350 Denier polyamide yarn. On the inside, there’s a backer fabric, again, similar to the one you’ll find on a Gore-Tex Pro waterproof jacket.


Lots to talk about here. We’ve got two big zipped napoleon pockets across the chest that’ll both easily fit an OS map and that can be accessed while wearing a harness. There’s also a small sealed pocket placed on each bicep and one zipped pocket on the inside for storing those valuables like your keys and phone. Long two-way pit zips are there for when extra ventilation is needed. Neat adjustment toggles and a wired peak on the hood create a good close, reliable and protective fit when it’s needed, while it can also open up to just about accommodate a helmet. The cuffs have rubber-backed Velcro adjustment tabs and adjustment on the hem can be done one-handed via a toggle that’s built into the walls of the jacket. Finally, there’s also a stitched in RECCO reflector.

Underarm vents when you need to cool down. Photo: Mike Brindley
The cuffs have rubber-backed Velcro adjustment tabs. Photo: Mike Brindley
Ferox are a start-up British brand. Photo: Mike Brindley

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

I got my hands on this back during autumn last year so I’ve managed to test this out quite a bit on various hill trips. I’ve also been using it as my jacket for cycling into work on wet days, and while I know that’s not what it’s made for, it’s actually been well up to the task. It’s not often that I notice the breathability of a waterproof jacket while cycling, but I have noticed it with this and that’s why it’s become one of my first picks for really wet weather.

For some reason all of the pockets and the underarm vents all use PVC zips but the main zip doesn’t so I was a little worried about ingress there at first but that hasn’t been the case.

“It’s become my first pick for really wet weather”

The built-in toggles on the front of the hood and down on the hem are the only parts of the jacket that feel a little vulnerable to damage. I could definitely imagine kneeling on one in my tent at some point and destroying it.

Along with the durability, protection and breathability, I was also impressed by the Apalone’s trim. It’s lowered slightly at the back and cut just right at the front – in my opinion anyway. I’ve found it leaves plenty of room for a puffy jacket underneath but without being baggy. Bear in mind that it runs small. I’m normally a size M but the size S version of this fitted perfectly.

All-in-all, a very good jacket, this. It’ll be interesting to see what other items this brand comes up with in the future.

Ferox Apalone Jacket

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