This soft shell jacket’s fabric is Polartec Power Shield, which has a perforated membrane that blocks the worst of the wind while allowing maximum breathability and keeping light rain out. Inside the fabric there is a brushed fleece lining to add extra insulation, while stretch and good abrasion resistance make this jacket ideal for scrambling over rocks. The design has two large chest pockets, which are suitable for use with rucksack and easily take a map. There is a third smaller chest pocket that is useful for a GPS receiver or compass. A hood is provided, which can be removed if not needed. However this hood also goes over a helmet if required and when worn on the head it fits very well and moves superbly. The body of this jacket is relatively long compared to others and is comfortable when worn under a climbing harness. But it is quite heavy at 758g. Other jackets are more waterproof and slightly warmer too. However my main niggle with this jacket is the slightly looser cut, which just does not feel quite as well-shaped and fitted as other styles.
Materials Polartec Power Shield
Weight 758g (size L)
Made in ChinaVerdict
As the hood can be removed this is a very practical jacket for a wide range of situations, so it’s a good choice for those who mix walking with scrambling, climbing and mountaineering.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2008