Designed for the kind of robust moves you’ll encounter whilst climbing, this 446g (small) jacket comes with a pleasingly rough Kevlar fabric across the forearms. It’s this feature that first leaps out (they’re very prominent patches), but it’s also a jacket with a lot going for it beyond its rugged build. The rest of the garment is extremely stretchy and dynamic in use, and there are a pair of very sizeable hand pockets for storage as well as a nifty internal phone pocket too. The two hand pockets provide access to cinches which tighten the hem from within. The helmet-compatible hood is fully adjustable at the rear and at the neck and whilst it’s not the most elegant design it’s still very effective. The wired peak does a great job of offering protection from stinging winds whilst the overall design still allows good freedom of movement. The fabric focus is more on movement than thickness, but it’s still very durable and keeps off a good amount of wind and intermittent moisture.
VERDICT: A highly flexible climbing jacket that’s built to last.
BEST FOR: Climbers.
Review by Dan Aspel @mountainmeeple