Salewa Pedroc Polartec Alpha Jacket

By Jason Boyle

Salewa Pedroc

Enjoying a relaxing fall afternoon on the Mississippi River

Salewa has been around since 1935 when it was formed as Saddler and Leather Wares, which is where SALEWA comes from.  They focused on making photobags and other leather goods before moving into making alpine climbing gear. They have continued to innovate with numerous products in the apparel, footwear and equipment lines.

The Salewa Pedroc Jacket “is a highly breathable and water-repellent jacket. Its air-permeable Polatec® Alpha® insulation offers active insulation for training in the mountains.” They claim that the jacket is perfect for “speed hiking and other high octane mountain sports.”  The jacket features body mapping technology to help the wearer by matching fabrics such as Polartec Power Grid inserts in the back panels and underarms for moisture management and Polartec Alpha insulation in the shoulders and chest for warmth. The jacket retails for around $130 on various outdoor retailer websites.

Salewa Pedroc

Photo Courtesy of the Salewa Website

The Salewa Pedroc Jacket is fully featured with two zippered handwarmer pockets, long sleeves with thumb holes, smooth sided binding with no seams.  My first thought when putting on the jacket was this it felt nice and comfortable against my skin.  The sleeves are a bit long for me, but are perfect length with the thumb holes. I also like that the jacket is longer and falls below my waist.  The cut of the jacket is athletic.  I received an XL and it fits snuggly on my 5’6” 180 pound frame, but is not excessively tight or uncomfortable.The blue color I received is nice, and there is a subtle Salewa eagle logos on the front of the jacket and a small Salewa on the left arm.

When reviewing jackets I like to look for the following characteristics. First is comfort .  Do I want to wear the jacket?  Does it keep me warm or cool depending on the situation? The second is durability.  How does the jacket hold up to daily wear and abuse?  If I wear the jacket while backpacking or with a running vest will it show wear in the shoulders?  Do any of the seams unravel?  My final category is usefulness.  What temperatures is the jacket best for?  What can I hold in the pockets?

Thanks for reading my initial thoughts.  Check back in about a month for my update.

Special thanks to and Salewa for providing the jacket for this review.