Vertx Justice Jacket Product Review

I’ve been wearing the Vertx Justice Jacket pretty much full time for 5 weeks now and I have to say I’m impressed.  I’m not going to get into the technical specs of the jacket, they can be found elsewhere.

We’re just getting into the start of a warm Spring here in Melbourne and wearing this jacket in temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius and above while doing simple physical activity such as walking a dog, you start to notice the jacket becoming a tad uncomfortable.  That being said, the jacket is designed by Canadian cold-weather specialist company Arc’teryx and has performed wonderfully in the rain and biting winds we sometimes get here.

First thing I noticed was that the jacket has a right-hand front zipper.  Nothing wrong with it, just unusual.  The jacket is extremely light for the warmth and comfort it provides in inclement weather.  Great range of motion due to the gusseted underarms and when zipped up fully, even provides room for a scarf or balaclava under the turtle-neck.  (Unless you’re a no-neck rugby full-back).

The promotional material states the jacket is wind and water 
resistant and that it is.  Resistant that is, not water-proof.  I got caught in an absolute downpour for half an hour, and while 95 percent of my torso that was covered by the jacket remained dry and warm, a small amount of water got in through the epaulette rivets and chest seams, leaving me with two wet spots over my chest.  However even though I was slightly damp I remained warm.  But this is a soft-shell jacket, not a goretex all-weather raincoat.  With that in mind, the Justice Jacket did very well in keeping me as dry and warm as it did.

The jacket utilises a hypalon/Velcro system for securing the sleeve cuffs and this is easy to use and after the constant use and two washes I have put it through show no sign of fraying.

I did not wear this jacket in an operational environment, but I did use it on a firearms range.  The side zips provided for access to belt equipment do make it easy to get to a firearm with a nylon bucket-type holster or a pancake holster, but I did snag a couple of times using the VicPol issued Safariland holster.  Carrying a belt-mounted holster or other accoutrements would also preclude the use of jacket’s drawcord hem. As this is supposed be a covert-ops type jacket, this shouldn’t present a problem to those who choose to wear it operationally.

If I had to give it a star rating out of five, I’d give this a four and a half.

 M ROSS, Victoria, Australia.

I have no interest in TAQ and was not paid for this review