A soft­shell that of­fers wa­ter­proof­ing? En­ter Ash­mei’s Ul­ti­mate Jacket for all-round ver­sa­til­ity this off-sea­son

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Okay, so you may pay a pre­mium, but Brit brand Ash­mei’s run kit is in­vari­ably the best that money can buy, of­fer­ing loads of per­for­mance perks in a re­ally stylish pack­age.

Their Ul­ti­mate Soft­shell Jacket is a rar­ity in that it of­fers frontal wa­ter­proof­ing to a 10,000mm (mod­er­ate to heavy) rat­ing in a soft­shell pack­age, and with all the breatha­bil­ity ben­e­fits that soft­shell pro­vides. Said breatha­bil­ity and ven­ti­la­tion is in­creased fur­ther by the in­clu­sion of 38% Merino wool on the back, a per­fo­rated rear strip and un­der-arm zip open­ings.

Aside from the high ma­te­rial and man­u­fac­tur­ing qual­ity, where Ash­mei re­ally ex­cel is in the added de­tails, with the Ul­ti­mate Soft­shell fea­tur­ing a wa­ter-re­sis­tant zip­per, a rear zipped pocket for gels, rear and chest re­flec­tive strips, and an in­ter­nal MP3 ca­ble router. We’ll be test­ing the Ul­ti­mate Soft­shell as part of a ma­jor men’s and women’s run jacket test next is­sue, out on 7 Novem­ber.

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