This is a slim, athletic style of jacket, that works most effectively when worn on warm, energetic days on the hill and as such isn’t the most versatile of pieces in the test. The lighter weight and thin nature of the top does mean that it works well as a mid-layer, slipping easily under a waterproof shell and wicking sweat away well. The fabric has a decent amount of abrasion resistance, and even after a few scrapes on rocks and the odd twig, it seemed to hold up well. Its wind resistance is comparable to others on test, although this does have the added benefit of a soft, fleecy chin guard around the collar that also helps retain warm air. Its water resistance is fine for a gentle shower, although the DWR coating will need to be regularly reapplied.
Fabric: Chockstone™ Doubleweave
Weight (tested size): 414g
Women’s version: Yes
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