Multiuse items make me very happy, and this works so well across nearly every outdoor activity we feature in the magazine I am happy to recommend it wholeheartedly. It’s taken me a while to come around to the idea of windshirts though. What’s the point if you have a waterproof with you as well? The idea is something lightweight and very breathable that cuts the effect of windchill, without making you sweaty while you are active.
The Squamish is a good example of the principle – a very light and thin shell for laying over a t shirt or midlayer, that can be left on under a hardshell or other insulation. It has an adjustable hood and a chest pocket (which it can be packed away into), but sadly no rib pockets. The only other thing I’d like to see implemented is a stowaway hood… which can flap around in the breeze if you don’t need it up. It may seem expensive for something so simple, but trust me, I use this for running, biking and backpacking. The fit of the Squamish is nicely roomy too, so pair it with a synthetic insulation piece and you have a modular softshell setup for late season mountaineering, too. Crazy light at 155g.
► Verdict: Super versatile outdoors essential.
► Best for: Versatility for the win hence the best buy badge.
Review by David Lintern @