The only men’s jacket tested without a hood, but this makes it a better mid-layer than the others, and it has very snug, high collar, which feels great when the wind really starts attacking you. It’s a warm jacket: the proprietary soft shell fabric has a soft, fleecy interior which is great against the skin and seems to trap warm air well. It’s also very breathable, which is great when you’re really working hard. Sadly, the Velcro adjustable cuffs are too tight to pull up to provide additional venting, something I really like to do with soft shell jackets when heading uphill. It’s a good looking jacket – certainly works well casually and it has useful pockets: 2 decent-sized, well-placed handwarmers than also vent, and a napoleon that’s good for a phone/gps but a little small for a map or guidebook. I found it a great walking jacket on damp, grey days and was very comfortable in snow – even of the wet variety – with the DWR coping exceptionally well. At £120, it’s the cheapest of the selection here, and is great value bearing in mind its versatility. Definitely recommended.
Gear review by Tom Hutton @MTBGuiding