What is the Loop Onka jacket?
The Loop Onka jacket is the thickest and warmest insulated jacket in Loop's range and is designed to keep you warm on freezing winter days. It's a hooded jacket that comes in two colours - water blue and dark grey - and is available in cuts to suit both men and women.
What's special about the Loop Onka?
Unlike thinner insulated jackets, such as the Loop Leipik 2, the Loop Onka jacket is made from Primaloft 133, rather than the thinner loft of the Primaloft 80. This means it's extra puffy really warm, even during subzero weather conditions. In fact, it's among the thickest and warmest jackets you can get.
What does it feel like?
The Onka feels very well made. The inner lining is smooth and silky and made from the same fabric used on the Loop Leipik 2. The silkiness makes it slippery on the inside, so casting is easy and the jacket never gets in the way.
The Primaloft 133 insulated lining is very thick and soft while remaining extremely light. It's extremely comfortable to wear, whether fishing or just out and about. It's seriously cosy on a freezing cold day.
The outside of the jacket is made from ripstop polyamide material and is windproof and water resistant. You can wear it on its own on a dry day, but it really needs to be worn beneath a hardshell jacket for most fishing trips. I wear mine under a Loop Rautas jacket.
How warm is it?
The jacket feels extremely comfortable and is very warm indeed. If you feel the cold when fishing, this jacket will definitely keep you much warmer than most other jackets on the market. It's pretty much the only thing you'll need under a wading jacket when up to your waist in freezing cold water on a cold winter's day. However, the downside is that it's simply too warm to wear on milder days.
What's the hood like?
The Onka jacket has a very large hood with a collar section that comes right up to your chin to keep out the cold. It fits over a hat well and is thick and warm so keeps you very warm indeed.
What pockets does it have?
There are two hand pockets with zips and an internal zipped pocket in which you can store your phone or keys. Rather usefully, it stuffs down into one of the pockets and can be zipped up, compressed and stuffed into your rucksack.
How much does it cost?
There's both a men's and women's version of the Onka jacket available. It costs £230. Quite a lot, but it is really well made, extremely warm, and looks really cool.