Re­gatta Arec

Trail (UK) - - BEST FOR BUDGET -

£60 Men’s S-XXXL Women’s 8-20 Weight 483g (size M) Ma­te­rial Warm-backed, wo­ven stretch, Soft­shell fab­ric (outer 96% polyester, 4% elas­tane); lining 100% polyester)

The fab­ric has good breatha­bil­ity, fends off water and wind well and feels tough and durable. In­side, a layer of polyester fleece adds extra warmth, mak­ing this bet­ter than most for cooler tem­per­a­tures. Over­all it feels great for scram­bling in moist and windy con­di­tions. The hood has draw­cords so it can be ad­justed to fit well, while the hem and cuffs are elas­ti­cated but have no other ad­just­ment. The low price tag and rel­a­tive weight are very ap­peal­ing. This feels a lit­tle re­stric­tive com­pared to more ex­pen­sive jack­ets as the fit is close and there is less stretch than in some other op­tions, although this may be re­lated to the size medium com­pared to the size large tested else­where. I also found the sleeves tended to ride up more eas­ily than oth­ers. The hood does not move with the head as well as some and there is less cuff and hem ad­just­ment. You only get two main pock­ets rather than a third chest pocket, and the pock­ets you do get have lim­ited ac­cess when wear­ing a ruck­sack hip­belt. So this lacks some of the key ben­e­fits of higher-priced de­signs. Ex­cel­lent price tag for a soft shell jacket with a good ma­te­rial, but it lacks some im­por­tant features that you may find of ben­e­fit on the hill.

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