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Salomon Drifter Mid Hoodie

£135 www.salomon.com/uk/

This reversible jacket in a range of colours offers two different comfort levels. The shiny side was the most useful, offering a degree of insulation and wind-proofing when used with a base layer, with its softer side panels allowing some breathability. It’s comfortable and stretched well during activity. The cuffs are not adjustable, but they were snug enough to ensure the sleeves didn’t ride up when active. The reversed side is described as a ‘casual’ side as it adds little in the way of protection from the cold or wind. The fabric on this side feels smooth and soft, but I found it was less durable and snagged easily. The pockets on the casual side also have no zips so items fall out unless you keep your hands in them. The hood fit well but is not adjustable. At 430g it is very light and packs down small, so it can be easily stuffed into a bag. Overall the jacket performs well as part of a layering system. The PrimaLoft insulation means it can be used as a stand-alone jacket in cool weather with a base layer, but worked well under a hard shell in poor conditions as the panels allowed it to breathe.

► Verdict: Buy it for the ‘shiny’ insulating side – the ‘casual’ side is a bonus.  

► Best for: A good jacket for use as part of a wider layering system.

Review by Jen Roberts @jenroberts70