The Outspeed wins the prize for most comfortable jacket in this test, hands down. The waterproofing is a propriety treatment called ‘Advanced Skin Dry’, and is soft and quiet to wear. It gets environmental bonus points for being PFC free and solution dyed. It feels a little more like Neoshell and less like a plastic bag, and is one of the more substantial feeling jackets here, weighing 325g. The waist is gently elasticated, there are two fairly roomy napoleon pockets and a 1 way zip on the front protected with a rear storm flap.
Another plus for the asymmetric sleeve cut and tapered wrists, which offer uninhibited arm movement, and although I was less sure about the webbing inner sleeve it does stop snow drifting up the arms (I’ve had this on test over the winter too). The hood shouldn’t really work – there’s no adjuster, just more gentle elastic at the sides of the face – but the give in the material means it fit my head perfectly with no excess, and provides a decent amount of protection, although it doesn’t always move with the head. Once again, a wired hood would go a long way to improving things still further.
Breathability is in the middle of the range compared to others in this test, and waterproofness hasn’t been an issue at all. An excellent all-rounder.
► Verdict: An adaptable 2-3 season shell, comfortable and protective.
► Best for: Most mountain activities – walking, scrambling, biking etc.
Review by David Lintern @