Made from a wonderfully stretchy fabric, this soft shell jacket from Helly Hansen fits well all round and is a pleasure to wear. Elasticated sleeves and a drawcord hem make it easy to regulate temperature, too. Very breathable, windproof, and more than capable of dealing with the odd shower, the Rapide makes an excellent outer layer, especially in cold climates. It’s quite heavy, but you won’t have to wear such a thick layer underneath.
Verdict: The Rapide is a comfortable all-rounder made from an excellent soft shell fabric. Good pockets and easy ventilation make it a favourite, especially in colder weather.
Colours: Clay, steel, black
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0115 960 8797; www.hellyhansen.com