Patagonia Ascensionist 2008

This soft shell jacket weighs just 510g; stretch fabric that is wind-, water- and abrasion-resistant; made from 45% recycled polyester; hood fits over helmet, can be rolled down to collar and has excellent fit and movement. But access to large hip pockets is easily obscured with rucksack belts or climbing harness; others are more waterproof and more insulated.Verdict
Almost perfect for walkers, backpackers, scramblers and mountaineers, but poor pocket access lets it down.

First published in Trail magazine September 2008