Mountain Equipment Astral Hooded

Lightweight and incredibly comfortable in a lovely feminine yet sporty design, the Astral  is fleece-lined throughout, with lovely soft cuffs and chin guard. The fabric provides a decent amount of insulation and is also incredibly weather-resistant and very breathable. It’s stretchy, too, with Powerstretch panels under the arms for extra venting. It comes with a fully adjustable rollaway hood, which is windproof and fleece-lined for extra comfort. There are two well-placed handwarmer pockets, with a mesh lining for venting. The only downside is the non-adjustable cuffs which won’t pull up easily when the going gets warm.

Sizes: 8 - 16
Fabric: Polartec Powershield Lite
Weight: 300g
Men’s version: Yes, Astron Hooded
Contact: 0161 366 5020;

First published in Country Walking magazine, September 2009