Mammut Ultimate Advanced Jacket (2013)

This is an awful lot to pay for a soft shell, even one as good as this. It’s cut from Gore Windstopper: a stretchy membrane fabric that blocks wind and keeps a fair bit of rain out too, but it doesn’t breathe as well as some. Lengthy pit-zips and good-sized venting pockets go a long way towards compensating for this, but it still gets a little clammier than most. Reinforced shoulders protect your investment from pack straps and thumb holes help keep wrists and hands warm. The cuffs roll up easily and the collar is high and comfortable.

Sizes: S-XXL
Fabric: Gore® Windstopper® soft shell 3-layer
Weight: 480g
Women’s version: No
Contact: 01625 508218;

Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2013