A smart looking jacket made from heavy-duty soft shell. It’s fleece-lined throughout so feels quite bulky, and as there’s not much stretch, it isn’t well-suited to high-energy walking. It’s certainly warm, though, working well as either a mid or outer layer in cold weather. It could do with some adjustment at the hem, and the cuffs would benefit from some adjustment too. There’s a mid-height, close-fitting collar, and two large fleece-lined handwarmer pockets which feel great. It repels water well, though, and is windproof and breathable.
Men’s version: Yes
Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2013