From the school of classic lightweight, short-cut soft shell design, the Mantra is perfect for use as a mid-layer when conditions require something more waterproof to go over the top. For something so light it is remarkably warm, the fabric doing an excellent job of blocking the wind and keeping out the rain, while the fleece inner helped trap the warmth inside and gave a pleasant feel next to the skin. The collar cinch and Velcro tab on the cuffs really help to create an even tighter seal. Hip pockets are a good size and high enough to access above a pack’s hip belt. All three mesh-backed pockets can be used for venting, even though the fabric is close to best in terms of its breathability.
Fabric: Polartec Power Shield
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01670 522300; www.montane.co.uk