The cheapest jacket in the test but also one of the lightest, despite being full of features. Jack Wolfskin’s own 2.5-layer Texapore fabric is effective in heavy rain (although it doesn’t breathe as well as some of the more expensive offerings tested here), and the jacket’s belt and braces approach to fastening down the storm flap makes sure the zip doesn’t get infiltrated in any weather. The collar is extremely comfortable, courtesy of a fleecy chin guard, and the hood is deep but suffers from a flimsy peak and limited volume adjustment. The jacket has two zip-access handwarmer pockets that double as vents, but these are quite low, so worth checking against the hip strap of a pack. The cuffs are a good length and adjust with Velcro tabs.
Fabric: Texapore Ripstop
Women’s version: Yes
Review from Country Walking magazine, May 2012