GoLite Borrego (2012)

A heavyweight feel to this jacket gives it good credentials when the weather’s a bit colder. Heavier fabric is coupled with a soft-to-the-skin fleece lining that helps to draw out moisture as well as trapping heat. A drawcord hem and Velcro tabs on the cuffs help make it snug too. The Windstopper membrane means it can get a bit warm inside, especially when the sun’s out and you’re going uphill, but there are underarm vents to help cool you down. The pockets use a fleecy lining and so work well at keeping hands warm, but their low placement means they get covered up by a rucksack waistband. The hood is a nice affair, with three-way adjustment, and it also sits separately from the collar, which helps keep the wind out. The peak is reinforced, too.

Sizes: M-XXL

Fabric: Gore-Tex Windstopper

Weight: 578g

Women’s version: Yes

Contact: www.golite.com


*Published in Country Walking magazine, Spring 12

GoLite Wind River Soft Shell Jacket 2011

The GoLite Wind River Soft Shell Jacket’s stretchy body fabric is made from recycled polyester, so in theory it’s better for the environment than other jackets, also providing comfort and freedom of movement. It’s a very breathable fabric, as there’s no membrane to block airflow.
Thanks to a brushed back, the jacket offers a good level of insulation for summer (you’ll need an extra layer of insulation underneath in winter). It feels comfortable straight away and doesn’t ride up at the cuffs (which have a Lycra lining for a closer fit, as well as external Velcro adjustment) or hem.
The two main chest pockets are positioned to allow access while wearing a rucksack belt or harness and are big enough to take a map or to stash gloves or a hat. The third pocket is on the jacket’s sleeve and is a bit too small to be of real use.
There’s no hood on this jacket, so you’ll need a hat in case it rains or for battling to the summit in the wind. The GoLite Wind River Soft Shell Jacket is a good, basic design if you don’t want a hood, and at £150 it offers reasonable value – although you can get better jackets at this price with more features, so it’s not quite as attractive as it could be.

Material recycled polyester
Weight 690g (size men’s L)
External pockets 3
Internal pockets 0
Hood no
Pit zips no
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Website www.golite.com

Great chest pockets and snug-fitting cuffs make the GoLite Wind River Soft Shell Jacket a good choice for the hill as long as you’re happy to carry a hat.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2011

Golite Post Canyon

The Post Canyon is very lightweight and its lack of any insulation immediately restricts its year-round usefulness. It looks more like something you’d see at the side of a running track – in fact it has also been tested out while running, and seems to excel in those kinds of low-temperature, high-exertion days. If you’re not planning to generate plenty of heat yourself, it may be best to look elsewhere. When walking, it’s too thin for use in regular conditions, not trapping great amounts of heat. It does keep off wind well, though – remarkably more than you would expect from its thin grade fabric – so it functions well on windy spring days when you don’t really need insulation. And the fabric feelt soft and pleasant next to the skin.

Fabric: 88% recycled polyester/12% spandex
Weight (tested size): 313g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0800 917 5642; www.golite.com

GoLite Roan Plateau 800 Hooded Jacket 2011

A light insulated duvet that benefits from some very useful features, the Roan GoLite Roan Plateau 800 Hooded Jacket uses top-quality down and this is packed into a durable ripstop nylon outer. At 572g this is lighter than some lower-priced options yet it still has a hood. Putting the jacket on, it feels reasonably warm, but not as warm as the lowest-priced finalists. A really nice touch is the use of stretch knit cuffs linings that provide a very snug and comfy fit to lock in warm air and lock out draughts. There is a bit of extra length in the body here too, which would be of benefit to taller users who may find other jackets a little short. The hood gets a volume adjuster, which provides an incredibly good fit as well as excellent movement. For even more comfort there is a brushed fleece lining in the pockets and around the collar. ‘Extremely comfortable’ is the best way to sum up this duvet! But for use off the hill, the GoLite Roan Plateau’s lack of a removable hood will be a drawback for some. While the cuff linings lock in warm air they could make the sleeves a little too warm sometimes as some venting is occasionally useful. Most importantly though this is not as warm as some lower-priced jackets, and in full winter conditions on a British mountain I’d want something warmer for sitting around in.

Outer nylon ripstop with DWR
Inner nylon
Insulation 165g of 800 fill power down
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 572g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 15

The GoLite Roan Plateau 800 Hooded Jacket is an extremely comfortable jacket that is ideal on the hill when used outside the coldest of British winter mountain conditions.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2011

Golite Badlands Trinity

The Badlands Trinity moves away from the traditional idea of a soft shell as a mid-layer replacement and towards the outerwear concept, with fully taped seams and a hood. Good stretch levels keep the comfort high, and the fleece lining keeps the warmth in whilst providing softness against the skin. But this does mean it can get a bit too warm in muggier conditions. The high collar and hood combo create a great weather seal, but it’s not quite as packable and light as some, so not as versatile.

Fabric: 100% recycled polyester face, polyester waterproof breathable membrane
Weight: 470g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0800 917 5642; www.golite.com

GoLite Parapoa 2010

A hint of safari suit means you can pay homage to Steve Irwin with the GoLite Parapoa. This shirt is very cool (both climatically and sartorially) with one secure zipped pocket and little stretch to the material. It feels less run-of-the-mill than the majority here and is a great option although it’s not made for full days trekking.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010

Golite Wicklow Polo 2010

The Golite Wicklow Polo is an exceptionally comfortable top that does suggest a ladies’ golfing event. The cool material feels better able to cope with hot days trekking, and it’s still smart and presentable enough for a night out on the tiles. There’s a small zip pocket hidden away in the seams that could easily foil a would-be pickpocket.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010

Golite Drimove BL-2 Long Sleeve Zip base layer

A wonderfully lightweight base-layer that feels soft and cool against the skin, and the sporty design works well on its own as an outer-layer. The high zip-neck collar traps warmth or lets warm air escape, and the fabric has enough stretch to allow the sleeves to pull up easily to the elbows. In the hills it performed very well, especially when worn on its own. It’s quick-drying and wicks moisture easily, and despite being a synthetic fabric, it won’t smell as bad as some after a day in the hills.

Sizes: XS-XL
Fabric: 45% minerale, 55% polyester
Features: Zip -neck, flat seams
Contact: 0800 917 5642;

GoLite Gamut

The Gamut blurs the lines between soft shell and waterproof, being totally waterproof with taped seams. In action it feels like a soft shell against the skin, but actually resembles a waterproof in terms of warmth, weather resistance and breathability, meaning it offers little insulation and is one of the least breathable jackets tested. In its favour, it’s incredibly light, especially as it has a hood, and it packs down very small. A decent outer-layer but as a mid-layer it doesn’t really work.
Sizes: S-XL
Fabric: Trinity (Polyester)
Weight: 375g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01827 60282; www.golite.com

First published in Country Walking magazine, September 2009

GoLite DryMove BL-2 Zip 2009

The GoLite DryMove BL-2 Zip base layer weighs 181g (men’s M); closer fit; good use of fabric panels on back for moisture management; impressive performance in heat and cold; zip has comfort flap; no labels to rub. But shorter sleeves; seams running down back and over shoulder may annoy with a rucksack; synthetic fabric quite rough against skin.

(01827) 60282; www.golite.com

Verdict: The GoLite DryMove BL-2 Zip is an innovative base layer that will serve you well if you’re not bothered by its quirks.


Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine October 2009

Golite Gauntlet 2008

This soft shell jacket uses stretch Trinity waterproof breathable fabric with sealed seams; abrasion-resistant, 100% windproof; long pit zips for added ventilation; iPod pocket inside; removable hood with volume adjuster has good fit and movement. But high price tag; 710g is relatively heavy; base pocket access is easily obscured by rucksacks; more of a waterproof than a soft shell.
Worth a look, but at this price and weight there are lots of other jackets to consider.

First published in Trail magazine September 2008