Páramo garments benefit from the advantages of the soft shell concept as well as the hard shell concept in many ways, as they control condensation better than most conventional waterproofs, but are softer and more durable than most hard shells. This 3rd Element soft shell jacket takes the range of climatic conditions that soft shell garments can tolerate to a new level, as this jacket can be worn with or without the hood and sleeve sections. The hood and sleeves are attached with zips and when removed you have an insulating gilet. The fabric is waterproof when walking and yet exceptionally breathable. You get two map-sized chest pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack. This is like no other garment we tested, and you will either love it or hate it depending on your particular requirements and activity levels. Either way it should definitely be considered alongside the best soft shell jackets for mountain activity. But it is quite heavy at 790g, although it is so waterproof you may not have carry a full waterproof with you at all. Looking at it this way, you could argue that it’s actually not heavy at all. It is very warm, even with the hood and sleeves removed, so that may limit its usage. The price tag means you need to make sure you really are going to use it.
Material: Nikwax Windproof outer, Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner
Weight: 790g (size L)
Made in Columbia
Stores in UK: England 40; Wales 2; Scotland 7; Ireland 1
Verdict: Buy it if you want a garment that can be used for a wide variety of activities as this offers a unique soft shell option.