The Harvest Jacket from Organic Picture Clothing is the most ecological jacket in the range. It has a Bio-based membrane. For this ski jacket, it was about creating a fabric, of which the manufacturing process takes its benefits from using a plant, castor oil.
This membrane provides waterproof-breathability using Pebax Renew technology, which is an alternative to membranes manufactured with petroleum. The idea of using alternative methods for creating new fabrics is very attractive. But does it work?
Used for many weeks, entrusted to high mountain guides, the Picture Organic Harvest was tested to its limits. The fabric resists bad weather (snow and rain/snow, rain). Overall this jacket is comfortable to wear, not too heavy and even lighter if you remove the snow skirt. So far so good, but when you’re outside you suddenly have this feeling of cold. The fabric is cold to the touch and doesn’t heat up. It is important to plan the layers that you will wear underneath. As the brand advertises, the Picture Organic Harvest jkt is a protective jacket, not an insulated jacket.
Its seams are fully sewn-glued. Its YKK zips are waterproof to prevent any moisture from getting in. Knitted areas added to the zipped underarm ventilation provide targeted thermoregulation. We would have liked the zipped underarm ventilation to be a little larger and to have a double zipper to make it easier to open.
The optimization of these ventilations makes it easy to go on a hiking or ski touring excursion of more than 1000 meters in elevation and not get to the top and have to completely change all your technical underwear. The knitted area at the top of the back is effective but it is also an air inlet that can’t be closed.
The jacket is made from a three-layer stretch fabric. We found that the stretch was fairly rigid and didn’t give much suppleness. However, it does not hinder any movement.
The durable water repellent treatment, which is without PFOA and PFOS, works very well in rain/snow: protection lasts throughout day.
The system for connecting the pants and jacket together works pretty well, if you need this option. We tested this Picture Organic Harvest jkt with the pants from the same brand and the same name: Picture Organic Harvest Bib.
The adjustable and ergonomic hood lacks depth. We used it with a ski helmet and a mountaineering helmet. The hood is just large enough to cover the mountaineering helmet. If you fully close the jacket zip, movement is severely hampered. The hood doesn’t cover the ski helmet and ultimately doesn’t fill its role. It is impossible to close the jacket zip right up. Which is a shame in bad weather.
This jacket costs €429.99 euros. So the question is, is it worth it? You have the advantage of having an innovative jacket in terms of its fabric and eco-concept. It is waterproof, all the zips open and close effortlessly, there are pockets everywhere, air-vents, a handy goggles wiper, hood and wrist adjustments, in short you do have everything, but let’s just say that the finishing isn’t perfect. This jacket does do the job, it’s a shame that the manufacturing quality is not a little more carefully done. The jacket is beautiful, the color is cool (it is only available in green) its design and cut is modern.
58% Polyester recyclé
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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