This is a very technical-looking jacket with exposed, taped seams on the outside to boost water repellence. It does feel more like an outer shell than some tested, at it is made from a thicker material with a warm, fleecy layer on the inside that also helps wick away moisture. It might struggle to find its place in a layering system, because it can feel too warm if worn beneath a waterproof, and it’s slightly too bulky too. But in the vast majority of conditions, this jacket will hold out the worst of the weather as a top layer. It is cut fairly short and so doesn’t cover your backside, but is really comfortable to move in. Hood adjustment is very good, while the elasticated Velcro cuffs really help to get a good fit.
Fabric: Ventia Dry
Women’s version: Yes
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*Published in Country Walking magazine, Spring 12