Made with Polartex NeoShell, the focus of the Asmund’s design lies more towards breathability. This means that its hydrostatic head rating sits at 10,000mm – which is half of that offered by an alternative such as Gore-Tex Pro. This doesn’t mean that it’s not waterproof (it very much is) but it does mean that it’s more suited to active users who are as likely to find themselves scrambling or climbing as they are walking. The Asmund is a real joy to use and wear. The two large chest pockets are excellently judged for map carrying, the inner pocket carries a delightful patterning, and the spacious wrist adjusters make slipping the jacket over thicker winter gloves a breeze. The helmet-compatible hood is wired and protective, as well as easily adjustable at the rear and front (although, if nitpicking, the toggles could be a smidge bigger to aid gloved hands). The weight rating of 330g is extremely impressive given all of these features too. The price may be high, but it’s a great jacket from a four-year-old British brand that’s already challenging the best designers in the market.
VERDICT: An extremely impressive jacket for top end users.
BEST FOR: Scramblers and fast-moving summiteers.
Review by Dan Aspel @