This winter jacket is made from Gore Pro Shell fabric with the new Micro Grid Backer to provide excellent condensation control, although in this case the lighter green areas have a ripstop fabric to resist tears. The jacket gets a front zip with a double stormflap to keep the worst of driving winter rain out. Very long side vents allow airflow when condensation starts building up inside the jacket too. There are two very large chest pockets, plus an additional map pocket behind the main zip stormflaps. The hood folds down to the collar very neatly and has a superb peak, volume adjuster and general fit and movement. Movement in the sleeves is also very good. So lots of great features for mountaineering, scrambling and hill-walking in winter. But this is a very short jacket, and it doesn’t even get a scooped tail to protect the rear a little more when sitting in the snow or nestling on a winter belay – and this is the main drawback of this design, even for climbers who generally like short jackets. Walkers will surely prefer something a little longer in winter to keep the cold, wet and windy weather at bay.
Outer: 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell Adamas, 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell Cassis with Micro Grid Backer
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight: 544g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: no info provided
Verdict: Great features and fabric are spoilt by it being too short for adequate protection in the winter unless worn with salopettes.