The Musto is a waterproof jacket that thinks it’s a soft shell. The soft face fabric is far nicer to wear than the average hard shell, and the hood is removable, meaning it can work as a warm and windproof outer layer even if it’s dry. It’s very warm, thanks to its two-layer Gore-Tex membrane and luxurious collar lining. But ask it to be a waterproof and it steps up perfectly (a surprise when you see that the simple main zip is only protected by a flap.) This makes it great for changeable days in spring, autumn and winter. It’s very trim and shallow, making it excellent for scrambling but with no cover for your bottom. It’s quite rustly (not great for wildlife-watching, even in a muted colour), the hood isn’t very sturdy and it lacks an outer chest pocket. But for comfort, warmth and adaptability on a hill-walk, this is a terrific investment.
Colours: Blue, green, red, black, yellow
Contact: 01268 495824
A robust waterproof whose soft shell DNA makes it highly adaptable.
Tested by Nick Hallissey
Country Walking May 2015