The waterproofing is very good. I've taken it out for walks in pouring rain and it remains dry after an hour. There are just two issues though that make it merit only a four star rating, one minor and one major:
Minor: the tape seams aren't perfect and are the first to leak after about 45 minutes.
Major: the orange lining on the inner bottom side is water absorbing. Water that slides off the front on to your trousers will be absorbed by this lining and will then travel up to the pockets, which are not waterproof on the inside. If you put your phone there, it WILL get wet. You must put your phone in a plastic pouch or in the chest pocket further up.
I wish the lining was water repellent or the pockets were internally waterproof. Either would have avoided this problem.
upto what temperature it can handle?
Hello Nikhilesh Nayak,
Thanks for your feedback on the Forclaz 400 rain jacket.
The Forclaz 400 rain jacket is a hard shell or the outer most jacket a user wears when he is on the mountains. It does not provide any warmth, the usage of this jacket is to protect a person from rain and wind, the fabric is 10000 mm waterproof when tested in the water column test generally used to test the waterproofing of a fabric. It is also a stretch fabric which enables more comfort when a user wears it.
It would be great if you could let me know your usage so that I can suggest you the right product according to your requirement,
Just received my jacket from decathlon, but it's just one size short, pls help
Hello Syed Ibrahim,
Thanks for writing to us.
You can take the jacket to any of our store closer to you and get it exchanged for the size you require.
Or you could write a mail to email@example.com and our team will get in touch with you and pick the product at your doorstep according to your convenience and then provide you with the size you require.
I stay available if you need any further assistance.
The seams started to come apart after a couple of wears. I exchanged my jacket for a new one and the same thing happened with the new one too. Not sure what to do now. I wear the jacket under my motorcycle riding gear so there can't be a lot of pressure applied to the rain jacket itself.
Keeps you dry for light to medium showers
The seams give away after a few wears
Thanks for the valuable feedback. We are extremely sorry to hear the problems you faced with the jacket. We believe that this is a product defect due to the incorrect application of the seam tape. We have identified the batch and have started to recall all the jackets. We would gladly provide you with a replacement(which is of better quality and a higher level of waterproofing- 10,000mm) or a refund. This is the Jacket represented on the page, the only difference with aesthetics is that the new one has Orange coloured Zippers & a double Zipper. Once again we are sorry for the inconvenience caused and hope that you would continue being a loyal customer.
E-sport manager DECATHLON
Does what it says on the tin.
I have this jacket since April 2016, and I'm using it almost daily, still being waterproof but the chest pocket was glued with what it looks like a similar tape used on the stitches and it failed very quickly after a month or two, almost damaging my phone in the process, because i was using that pocket just to carry my phone in it.
Big design failure.
Refined jacket, some quirky details
As usual the price is a steal compared to the big outdoor brands. For me this jacket is an addition, or possibly a replacement, for a pretty comparable Haglöfs jacket that was more than 5 times as expensive! Now during sales, it is even 25% off again.
Just inspecting this jacket, it is a pretty serious outdoor (mountaineering) jacket. Short cut, pretty good adjustable hood, ventilation zippers, breathable fabric, taped seams, Velcro adjustment of the cuffs, water resisting zippers for the side-pockets and ventilations. It is all very neatly made. And I quite like the colour combination, a nice matt blue with yellow details.
There are some quirky details.
- Breast pockets are pretty essential to me. I want them big, I want them well accessible, and I want 2 of them! In the past I have even adjusted 2 Quechua fleece jackets myself to get that. It is a pity that on this jacket Decathlon has added just one again. It is not particularly small, but it seems small because the zipper is a bit too short and is not placed very practical.
- The sleeves are mysteriously long. When I compare it to the Haglöfs jacket, which has a very comparable width and length, the sleeves are about 10 cms longer! Fortunately there are the Velcro adjustments to make it usable.
- The hood lacks a vertical drawcord to keep the hood out the eyes.
- The main zipper could be of a more robust quality.
I have just been able to test it during some extended (light) rain. So far it worked well and kept me dry. At first it even shed drops off the fabric. That effect is of limited duration, but the main shell kept me dry.
The breathability is hard to compare. Under dry conditions it can easily get a bit too warm and stuffy. But I do not think it does a bad job.
Excellent wind and rainproof jacket. Only slight criticism is that the sizes come up a bit small and arms a bit long but that's probably because I'm shaped like a orangutan. If you want to use this as part of a layering system definitely go up a size to your normal as it is a " slim" fit. But overall an excellent jacket at a great price.
We bought two of these for a family trip , very impressed at the quality for the cost.
Really pleased with this jacket, does the job, easy to store and kept me dry in traditional Scottish summer weather (sun rain hailstones sun ..all in the same hour ) "Rinse and repeat" :-)