Here’s a very good illustration of what a soft shell should be. Not too bulky, yet with excellent windproofing to help boost warmth that’s further amplified by the slightly velour lining. Tested over some steep contours in an overly wintry Lake District with snow on the ground, it was perfectly at home. As the weather turned wet, using it as a mid-layer worked well too. In fact, its DWR coating helped keep away moisture condensing on the inside of an overwhelmed waterproof. The design is simple enough with just a couple of hip pockets although they are a little low to be used with a pack’s hip belt, and don’t function well as vents. The elasticated style of cuffs, while lacking Velcro adjustment, did keep the worst of the draught out, and pulled up easily on warm climbs.
Sizes: S –XXL
Weight (tested size): 451g
Women’s version: Yes
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