The waffle-patterned fleece lining felt comfy. The two-way stretch fabric felt light and didn’t restrict movement, but the cuffs were too tight to pull up. With waterproof fabric, taped seams and a hood, the Quantum is really weatherproof, but it loses out on breathability – the real calling card of soft shell – and wouldn’t work at all as a mid-layer.
Fabric: AirXtream Advanced
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01592 777000, www.keela.co.uk
Verdict: A waterproof/windproof shell jacket that falls somewhere between a waterproof and a true soft shell. Will do a job in winter, but there are better options for the money.