I love this jacket in so many ways: it’s a great fit, comfortable, super-stretchy and easy to move in, and it looks great too. My one concern is that it’s the least warm of the men’s jackets tested and therefore best suited to more strenuous activities – think hill walking, ski touring, rather than winter climbing or skiing. This does mean that it’s a good year round jacket, something worth considering if you can’t justify something bespoke for winter. The hood is simple, but effective – great for a little extra warmth while stopping, or perhaps a bit of temporary exposure. Though it is the least windproof of the selection – again making it versatile rather than winter specific. I love the Lycra cuffs with thumb loops – really comfortable – and there’s enough stretch to pull the sleeves right up to shed heat. Pit zip and breathable pockets also help with this. The hem, like the hood, is simple, relying on elastic rather than drawcords to keep it snug. It doesn’t skimp on pockets though – 4 in total, all a good size. The simplicity and lighter fabric keeps the weight down, so it’s the lightest tested – again, versatile rather than a winter garment. Overall, good if you’re moving fast, but a bit light if you want a dedicated winter jacket.
Gear review by Tom Hutton @MTBGuiding