This top provides another extension of the soft shell genre by being a little more durable and insulating than some other options, which is also why it is heavier. It is made from four-way stretch Gore Windstopper fabric, which is very water-resistant and windproof, while still being breathable. You get map-sized chest pockets plus a third small chest pocket, which combine to provide easy access to on-the-move essentials. They’ve also added a tiny zipped pocket inside one of the chest pockets for keys (but little else). A collar drawcord and elasticated cuffs help keep draughts out, while the close and slightly short fit is good for most mountain sport. Use this for winter action, mountaineering and scrambling and it should prove ideal, while those who feel the cold may also prefer it over some other options here as it is a notch warmer. But like most soft shells it does not get a hood, but of course many people will not be worried by that, especially mountaineers who will wear a helmet anyway. It is heavier than some other options, so this is better when worn rather than carried in the pack. Some may prefer more adjustment at the cuffs too. The price is perhaps a little high for what you get.
Material: Gore Windstopper
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight: 694g (men’s size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: no info provided
Verdict: Buy it if you want a durable windproof layer with a little more warmth for winter mountain travel and mountaineering.