Perfect throughout, with Velcro adjustable cuffs, drawcord adjustable hem and a lovely, soft, high and very snug collar. The Puma also has plenty of stretch in the fabric, which enables easy movement and allows for an extra layer underneath. It feels reassuringly warm and cosy just pulling it on. Not the lightest, but while this goes against it in the rucksack, it proves invaluable when the jacket’s on – providing better insulation and feeling really cosy and snug. It breathes well, no matter how hard you work, and the pockets, which double as vents, are excellent and will take a map. Eventually succumbed to heavy rain, but still felt warm-ish and dried quickly.A near-perfect soft shell that excels both as an outer layer on cold, windy days and as a mid-layer under a waterproof in rain. Incredibly temperature tolerant and wonderfully comfy. No women’s version, though, and only comes in black.
Fabric: Freeflow Soft Shell
Women’s version: No
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