Mountain Hardwear Super Chockstone Hooded
£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.