One of the heaviest, thickest soft shell jacket out there and the best-suited to bad weather. The face fabric has a good deal of water repellency, but it’s inside where the Supersonic excels. The fleece lining is almost like microfleece, not too dense but incredibly warm. This really does boost its insulation level and makes this one of the warmest jackets tested. The flip-side is that it doesn’t cool down terribly well when the weather warms up. There are underarm vents to help cool things down, with easy-to-grab zips, although the constant rattling from under the arms can be distracting. The hand pockets are a little too low for use with a pack waistband, but there are a couple of internal mesh-backed pockets.
Fabric: Stormlock Soft Shell Smoothlight
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0207 836 5118; www.jack-wolfskin.com
*Published in Country Walking magazine, Spring 12