Howies Shewaddywaddy and Hewaddywaddy Jacket Review

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Nia Jenkins and Dave Roberts review the Shewaddywaddy and Hewaddywaddy  jackets from Howies, with an obvious clue in the name as to which one’s the men’s and female versions. Absolutely no 1950s Teddyboy revival bands here.

Shewaddywaddy

I’ve recently been trying out the Shewaddywaddy jacket by Howies, a small active clothing company based in West Wales, and this is what I thought…

First impressions…the colours are quirky – the front panel is grey and the sleeves are red. The jacket is a slim fit and the back panel is longer than the front so it’s very flattering but also still comfortable.

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I’ve been using the jacket mostly for hikes, fell running and cycling sessions. It’s an ultra lightweight jacket so it doesn’t weigh you down at all on a workout. It has Primaloft fill on the front panels to protect you from wind chill but also has an isolated un-wadded back and underarm section to stop you from overheating and getting sweaty. I love this feature because I’ve never worn a jacket before that has the best of both worlds – i.e warm panels on the front and a breathable isolated back. There’s nothing worse than constantly having to take off and put on extra layers and switch from waterproofs to wind-proofs on the hills – this jacket works perfectly for me on dry days. Even if I’m on a run and working up a sweat the back panel on the jacket is so light and breathable it stops you from getting sticky but it also keeps the core cosy.

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The rear pocket came in handy on runs, I always like to carry my phone when I’m out alone so it was handy for that, although it did bounce about a lot. Maybe a small chest or core pocket would be useful just to store your phone or some cash. Another little feature that I love is the fact that the whole jacket fits into the rear pocket, so you can easily zip it up and chuck it into your bag. I had a pleasant surprise when I zipped it up for the first time too because I found a lovely quote printed on the pocket saying

If your jacket is still clean on Monday, you wasted the weekend” – very nice touch!

Overall a great lightweight jacket that can be used on dry days or under a waterproof as an extra layer on rainy days. Light enough to carry with you at all times but the Primaloft gives you that instant extra warmth when you stop on the hills for a break.

Hewaddywaddy

Dave Roberts also tried out he Hewaddywaddy jacket, which was excellent for summit stops. He mentioned that you can keep the jacket on afterwards as it has the insulation in just the right places, and the un-insulated back eliminates sweaty backs from wearing a pack, with much the da

PRODUCT FEATURES FEMALE+ SPECIFICATIONS

Shewadddywaddy

  • 40gsm Mini-ripstop Nylon with contrast underarm panels
    • Primaloft insulation wadding on chest and top of arms.
    • Soft microfibre collar lining
    • Reflective tabs on rear collar, hem & shoulders
    • Cinch-able collar with elastic drawcord
    • YKK Zipper with reflective tape.
    • Elasticated Cuffs, waist & collar
    • Rear zipper pocket (Jacket packs into own pocket)

Hewaddywaddy

  • 40gsm Mini-ripstop Nylon with contrast underarm panels
    • Primaloft insulation wadding on chest and top of arms.
    • Soft microfibre collar lining
    • Reflective tabs on rear collar, hem & shoulders
    • Cinch-able collar with elastic drawcord
    • YKK Zipper with reflective tape.
    • Elasticated Cuffs, waist & collar
    • Rear zipper pocket (Jacket packs into own pocket)

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