Despite its reasonably low weight, and very decent pack-down size, the Velocity is a longish jacket, with a rugged main zip and good storm flap. It has a great hood: deep with plenty of adjustment and a stiff wired peak; and the pockets, which double as vents, are well-placed and plenty big enough to take a map. The cuffs are fastened by Velcro and the hem is adjusted with drawcords, so no problems there. Up in the hills, the Triplepoint fabric did an excellent job, keeping out yukky weather, even in driving winds; but it didn’t breathe as well as some, meaning a few damp patches did appear on more strenuous walks. It looks good – modern but not hi-tech – and is versatile enough for cycling or running. A snip at £90.
Women’s version: Yes
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