This soft shell was a runner-up in March 2006. If you are after a practical jacket that fends off light rain and wind while being more durable than fleece, then this is just the job. It’s made from four-way stretch Gore fabric. The result is that you put it on and you feel comfortable and ready for action while not having to worry about brushing against rock, as it is reasonably durable. There are two huge chest pockets that take OS maps easily and are accessible when wearing rucksack belts. A hem drawcord and Velcro adjustment at the cuffs keeps the draughts out. Fleece lining in the pockets adds insulation too, while for 2007 the jacket gets a collar drawcord to help keep the wind out. Use this for hill and mountain walking, mountaineering, scrambling or sitting in the pub and you won’t be disappointed. There is nothing better at the price. But there is no hood, and others offer a little more warmth or a little more water resistance or a little more breathability. But for most people these drawbacks will not be an issue as this jacket puts ticks in most of the boxes that most hill-goers are concerned about.
Material: Gore Windstopper
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s); XS-XXL (women’s)
Weight: 480g (men’s size L)
Made in Far East
Stores in UK: 40
Verdict: Buy it if you want a good all-round mountain soft shell with great pockets – and don’t want to spend more than £80.