Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear Test -

Soft shells are de­signed to be wa­ter­re­pel­lent rather than fully wa­ter­proof; there isn’t a wa­ter­proof mem­brane, but the fab­ric will do its best to lock out rain­wa­ter while still al­low­ing your body to vent mois­ture to pre­vent overheating. But while wa­ter­proof jack­ets usu­ally have taped seams, the stitch­ing on soft shells is usu­ally left ex­posed, and this is where water can come in af­ter a pro­longed soak­ing. Fleece is rarely water-re­pel­lent at all but con­cen­trates on keep­ing the wind off you.

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