More waterproof than soft shell and as a waterproof it performs quite well, with a three-layer membrane fabric, taped seams and a very good, adjustable hood. As a soft shell, though, it fails to provide any real insulation, and is nothing like as breathable as some. It’s very adjustable with Velcro cuffs and a drawcord hem, and the hood is more adjustable than some waterproofs on the market; and it has large pockets that will take a map. The sizing is very large so check before buying.
Fabric: Softshell XPT Waterproof
Women’s version: Yes, Cayley
Contact: 0161 749 1313; www.regatta.com
First published in Country Walking magazine, September 2009