The thickest and bulkiest jacket on test, means the Shield is not exactly lightweight and packable. What you do get, though, is the thickest fleecy lining that really helps to trap warm air and feels pleasant against the skin. This is definitely a good bet for casual walks with the dog, but as soon as anything more strenuous gets in the way, things get more than a trifle stuffy inside. The low hip pockets won’t look out of place about town but are totally inaccessible when wearing a rucksack with waist band, and any venting from their mesh lining is minimal. The Shield is not going to win any awards for technicality, but serves perfectly well as a warm, windproof top. Water resistance is fine for a gentle shower too, although I suspect the waterproof coating will need refreshing regularly.
Fabric: TCZ Softshell 94% polyester/6% elastane
Weight (tested size): 600g
Women’s version: No
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