Moun­tain Hard­wear Su­per Chock­stone Hooded

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£100 Men’s S-XXL Women’s XS-XL Weight 411g (size L) Ma­te­rial Chock­stone Dou­ble Weave Soft­shell (outer 91% ny­lon, 9% elas­tane)

The durable fab­ric has a high ny­lon con­tent and, as there is no mem­brane, you get ex­cel­lent breatha­bil­ity, so you can wear this un­der a wa­ter­proof with­out sweat­ing too much. It has more wind and water re­sis­tance than a fleece and the fit is slightly looser than oth­ers tested, so you can wear it over other lay­ers to in­crease warmth. The hood has no ad­just­ment but did fit rea­son­ably well. Two main pock­ets eas­ily ac­com­mo­date OS maps and are ac­ces­si­ble above ruck­sack hip­belts. The chest pocket is big enough for a GPS re­ceiver or small guide­book.

There are some nig­gles to the de­sign that set it back a lit­tle. The elas­ti­cated cuffs are quite loose, so you can’t lock out draughts. The hood did fit quite well, but is not adjustable so you need to check the fit be­fore buy­ing as this may not fit you. In terms of the ma­te­rial, it’s less wa­ter­re­sis­tant and not as warm as other soft shell jack­ets, which is great for hillwalking and via fer­rata but for use in snow you may want a warmer and more water-re­sis­tant op­tion.

This is a very good jacket for gen­eral moun­taineer­ing and via fer­rata routes, but it does lack some ad­just­ment to the fit that means to you need to try be­fore buy­ing.

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