Sherpa have used a three-layer stretch version of their proprietary Himaltec fabric with a pleasant feeling polyester face fabric that is quiet and soft to the touch. So far the fabric has coped very well in poor weather and I’m generally happy with the performance of the fabric, even in very heavy rain. The hood is pretty good too, with lots of room and adjustability, plus a big, wired brim. There are underarm zips, three external pockets with waterproof zips, and three internal pockets. All this points to a versatile shell that will perform year round in some fairly extreme conditions. My only gripe is the cut, which is quite square, perhaps with a nod to snow sports, and there is something odd going on with the shaping of the arms, which bulge above the elbow articulation (or is it me?). Weight 445g.
VERDICT: A mountain waterproof with one eye on the snow slopes.
BEST FOR: Wintery fun.
Review by Lucy Wallace @