Helly Hansen Rapide 2008

This soft shell jacket  weighs just 582g; lower in price than last year (2007); very breathable fabric that is also very durable; Velcro adjustable cuffs; two map-sized hip pockets; ideal under a waterproof or as an outer garment.  But the fabric is less water-resistant than some others; rucksack belts easily obscure pockets.

Verdict
Poor pocket access lets down great fabric, which is ideal for abrasion resistance and breathability when scrambling, walking or mountaineering.

First published in Trail magazine September 2008