A traditional soft shell made from a relatively simple polyester material, with no membrane to complicate things The Patagonia is one of the lighter tops on test and as such works well in a range of conditions. There’s no windproof membrane, so it’s very breathable, meaning it doubles up well as a mid-layer under a shell when the heavens open. In light rain, the DWR coating does a good job of shedding water, although it will need regular care to keep it robustly waterproof. On the inside, the open weave of the fabric is comfortable enough against the skin – if not exactly soft – and draws away moisture very well. The mesh-backed pockets help with venting and also sit comfortably against the skin, thanks to their fleecy material.
Fabric: Recycled polyester with Deluge® DWR treatment
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 08000260055; www.patagonia.com
*Published in Country Walking magazine, Spring 12