For those of us not put off by the great British wet winter, we’re all too familiar with the endless search for waterproof clothing that doesn’t turn into a sweat fest as you step up from a stroll.
The key here is breathability. As soon as you invest in higher waterproof ratings for your jackets and trousers, you can often sacrifice a fabric’s ability to breathe leaving you hot and bothered mid-hike, climb or run, and cold and clammy when you stop to rest.
Our advice is to look for fabrics like Polartec NeoShell. Polartec’s extensive focus on research and development, results in a level of fabric design that’s more akin to engineering. In the case of NeoShell they’ve managed to invent the world’s most breathable waterproof material.
It promises an unrivalled capacity to stop water and wind permeating through to your skin, without restricting the release of sweat and excess body heat.
It’s a promise that’s been adopted by 66 North – a company which started in 1926 making protective clothing for Icelandic fishermen braving the North Atlantic elements. Although their target market has now shifted to every-day adventurers, their focus on comfortable protection hasn’t waned.
This year we have three top picks from 66 North’s winter wardrobe, all featuring Polartec NeoShell. The Snaefell Jacket offers a simple, classic design that results in the perfect versatile outdoor jacket. It works well for walking, biking and even skiing and can be teamed with a mid-layer or insulated jacket for colder days.
The Stadarfell Jacket is a stylish, slim fitting jacket that’s super light and incredibly stretchy. It’s recommended for cycling and running because it lacks a hood and therefore won’t restrict movement in these sports.
However, it’s interesting to note that both won’t look out of place walking through town.
Team either jacket with the 66 North Snaefell waterproof pants if you need the highest level of protection for the day. These pants include water resistant side zippers to the knee with internal wind flaps, integrated webbing belt and elasticated rear waist plus adjustable Velcro ankle tabs to lock out wind and rain.
For more information, visit 66 North website at www.66north.com and to learn more about Polartec NeoShell visit www.polartec.com/fabrics/weather-protection/neoshell