Mon­tane Dyno Stretch IT'S GOOD HOW­EVER VERDICT

Trail (UK) - - BEST FOR BUDGET -

£100 Men’s S-XXL Women’s 8-16 Weight 507g (size L) Ma­te­rial Chameleon Ki­netic (89% polyester, 11% Span­dex)

Chameleon Ki­netic is a non-mem­brane fab­ric so has ex­cel­lent breatha­bil­ity but re­sists wind and water bet­ter than fleece. The fig­ure-hug­ging fit is not re­stric­tive due to the 4-way stretch ma­te­rial and the cuffs don’t ride up when scram­bling. There is a lit­tle more length on the body than some other jack­ets, too, for bet­ter lower back pro­tec­tion. The hood gets a wired peak, face and vol­ume draw­cords and moves ef­fort­lessly with the head - it’s one of the best tested here. There are four chest pock­ets (the lower pair take an OS map) while the top pair are great for GPS re­ceivers or small guide­books.

There’s not much to com­plain about from a hillwalking or moun­tain scram­bling per­spec­tive, other than it’s not the most water- or wind-re­sis­tant. The polyester ma­te­rial is not go­ing to be as durable as ny­lon, although this will only be a con­sid­er­a­tion for the very hard­est of users. There are lighter jack­ets and you can spend even less cash, and oth­ers are more stylish for the pub, but clearly I am clutch­ing at straws now... No ifs or buts, this is a great jacket!

An out­stand­ing soft shell jacket for hillwalking or moun­tain scram­bling, un­less you want more water or wind re­sis­tance and even more dura­bil­ity.

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