The GoLite Wind River Soft Shell Jacket’s stretchy body fabric is made from recycled polyester, so in theory it’s better for the environment than other jackets, also providing comfort and freedom of movement. It’s a very breathable fabric, as there’s no membrane to block airflow.
Thanks to a brushed back, the jacket offers a good level of insulation for summer (you’ll need an extra layer of insulation underneath in winter). It feels comfortable straight away and doesn’t ride up at the cuffs (which have a Lycra lining for a closer fit, as well as external Velcro adjustment) or hem.
The two main chest pockets are positioned to allow access while wearing a rucksack belt or harness and are big enough to take a map or to stash gloves or a hat. The third pocket is on the jacket’s sleeve and is a bit too small to be of real use.
There’s no hood on this jacket, so you’ll need a hat in case it rains or for battling to the summit in the wind. The GoLite Wind River Soft Shell Jacket is a good, basic design if you don’t want a hood, and at £150 it offers reasonable value – although you can get better jackets at this price with more features, so it’s not quite as attractive as it could be.
Material recycled polyester
Weight 690g (size men’s L)
External pockets 3
Internal pockets 0
Pit zips no
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Great chest pockets and snug-fitting cuffs make the GoLite Wind River Soft Shell Jacket a good choice for the hill as long as you’re happy to carry a hat.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2011