Salomon Darbon Light Jacket (2013)

A lightweight and sporty-looking jacket made from stretchy, double weave soft shell. It behaves much like a wind shirt, so it works best as an outer layer in any kind of dry weather. It’s got a soft, high collar to trap warmth, but the elastic cuffs are way too loose – they’ll pull up easily when you want to spill heat, but arm length will need to be spot on to stop them slipping down over your hands. It performs well in the hills, though – very breathable fabric that resists damp air easily and provides a great barrier against the wind. Two mesh-lined handwarmer pockets can spill more heat if needed.

Sizes: S-XL
Fabric: ClimaWind double weave
Weight: 310g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01276 404 860;

Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2013

Salomon Minim Down 2011

The Salomon Minim Down weighs 404g (men’s L); 90/10 down; Pertex Quantum outer; two hip pockets; large chest pocket that jacket stuffs into; ideal as a spring to autumn backup. But no hood; compared to others this is not very warm, so limited to warmer conditions; no cuff adjustment; hip pockets not zipped.

The Salomon Minim Down is light and compact but it’s not the warmest and there’s no hood, so best as a backup.

First published in Trail magazine February 2011

Salomon Azimuth

An incredibly lightweight and comfortable jacket in a really sporty design. The Azimuth has a lovely contoured fit and a high, snug collar. The sizing is quite small. Elastic cuffs pull up easily, and the lightweight fabric and articulated elbows make it very easy to move around in. However it’s probably better suited to high intensity activities like cycling or running. The Smart Skin fabric breathes very well, and mesh-lined handwarmer pockets add a welcome flow of air when needed.

Sizes: XS – XL
Fabric: Smart Skin
Weight: 250g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01276 404 860;

First published in Country Walking magazine, September 2009

Salomon Merino II Zip Tech Tee 2009

The Salomon Merino II Zip Tech Tee base layer weighs 159g (men’s S); closer fit; merino wool aids warmth, giving the best of both worlds in theory; good cuffs and close-fitting collar; very comfortable against skin; wicks well; light; quick-drying. But zip a bit short; shortish sleeves and hem; only 20% merino, so name could mislead; pricy.

(01276) 404860;

Verdict: The Salomon Merino II Zip Tech Tee is a well-performing base layer for a range of conditions.


Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine October 2009

Salomon Exo 2008

This soft shell jacket uses very breathable SmartSkin fabric, which is also very abrasion-resistant; very stretchy fabric is ideal for climbers; useful chest pocket; wind-resistant hood rolls into collar and fits and moves reasonably well on the head; reinforced shoulders and elbows. But 716g is heavy; pocket access not ideal with a rucksack; others are more water- and wind-resistant.Verdict
Only the pocket location lets down this useful jacket , which is good for scramblers, walkers and climbers.

First published in Trail magazine September 2008