Patagonia’s lightest soft shell is made from part-recycled polyester and is, itself, totally recyclable. It has Velcro adjustable cuffs and a drawcord-adjustable hem, so will trap or spill heat as required, but the collar isn’t adjustable, so it won’t fit quite as snugly. The fabric is DWR-treated so does a great job of shedding water, it breathes very well, and keeps the wind out too. Large handwarmer pockets double as vents, adding versatility. The test sample is still looking good after a lot of wear in some pretty foul weather, and the styling is casual enough to make it good for general wear too. The fabric is reassuringly tough, while remaining stretchy and breathable, and there’s a soft chamois-lined collar which feels fantastic against the skin.
Fabric: G6.2oz 91% all recycled polyester/9% spandex double-weave with Deluge DWR finish
Weight (tested size): 415g
Contact: 00800 0000 0041; www.patagonia.com