Calling something a ‘budget buy’ can damn it with faint praise, but there is nothing faint about this jacket. It represents exceptional value for money: trim, technical and just as waterproof as many jackets twice its price. The tidy cut gives a bit of coverage over the backside, but leaves you free to bring knee to chin if you’re so inclined. The soft fabric around the collar is of a quality you’d expect of something much more costly. Salomon’s AdvancedSkin fabric feels more like soft shell, so it’s very breathable, extremely comfy and doesn’t look too technical in polite society. On the downside, the hood isn’t very sturdy or adjustable, and there is neither a chest nor an inner pocket, so if the waist pockets are covered by your rucksack, you have nowhere to stash a phone, map or GPS handily. These aside: it’s an absolute bargain.
Colours: Green, blue, black, red, turquoise
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0207 078 3528
A great-looking, comfy jacket at home on everyday and hill walks.
Tested by Nick Hallissey
Country Walking May 2015