The Induction Shell bridges the gap between soft shell and hard shell, being made from a waterproof Windstopper fabric with taped seams, yet a super-stretchy, soft feel. It has a superb, deep hood with a stiffened peak; and this combines with a high collar to make it possible to really batten down the hatches when things turn nasty. I found breathability exceptionally good for a membrane style fabric, but definitely less than the other men’s jackets tested; this is of course, outweighed by the fact snow or rain didn’t bother it all. I like the Lycra panels on the cuffs, they feel warm and soft and also make it easy to pull the sleeves up; and I was also taken with the hem drawcords which are actually in the handwarmer pockets. It also has two cavernous napoleon pockets, which were useful for a map. Overall, this is a superb jacket – perfect for ski touring, winter climbing, mountaineering and hill walking; and it’s this versatility that will help justify the eye-watering price tag. A lot of money, but a hell of a lot of jacket.
Gear review by Tom Hutton @MTBGuiding