After a rather long hiatus, for a number of reasons, we’re back! The last few months have been stressful, with a move away from New Zealand, securing visas for Japan and finally getting out here for the start of a very slow winter.
In between all of the above, I’ve been working flat out shooting and guiding which hasn’t left a lot of time for personal projects and the site! But with a few down days for weather and some renewed motivation, I’m kicking things off once again with a gear review of the Picture Organic Takashima Jacket.
About Picture Organic
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last 10 years and haven’t heard of Picture Organic, they’re a French company founded by three outdoor-loving buddies in 2008. In the beginning– much like today- their goal was 100% committed responsibility and sustainability-driven eco-design.
All products were made from recycled materials, limiting the use of fossil fuels and reducing the harm on our fragile planet. The company grew exponentially, winning awards and securing accolades along the way. Today Picture is stocked in over 30 countries worldwide and worn by professional athletes everywhere.
The Takashima jacket is a synthetic mid-layer with all the bells and whistles, made from 100% recycled polyester. In terms of tech, tt features Primaloft insulation, Polartec power stretch and Teflon Ecolite PFC free DWR.
But what does all of this mean?
In short, it’s a lightweight, windproof layer to wear under a shell or as an outer layer when the weather allows.
For such a lightweight jacket, it’s super warm and breathable. The stretch panels under the arms provide an awesome range of movement and let your body breathe when you’re on the uphill. And as it’s all synthetic so it dries out quickly if you do get wet.
I’m not overexaggerating when I say I’ve worn the Takashima jacket every day for the last 2 months! It’s the perfect layer to wear over a merino layer and under a shell. And unless it’s really, really cold, I find that this layering system is more than enough for everyday skiing but will always carry a 600 fill down jacket in my pack for transitions in the backcountry or on a cold lift in the resort. And when I get too hot on the uphill, I can easily stuff the jacket into my bag as it packs down super small.
I really like how slim fitting the jacket is even in a Large. Sometimes I find that mid-layers can be a little bulky but the Takashima fits like a glove thanks to the stretch panels under the arms. The only downside to the stretchy synthetic panels is that they can get smelly quickly, but I tend to wash mine once a week and it doesn’t stink too bad (I hope?).
I’ve been really impressed with the jacket and will no doubt continue wearing it through the spring and into summer. But before we get ahead of ourselves, enjoy a few shots of the jacket in action.