Moun­tain Equip­ment Cos­mos

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£120 Men’s S-XXL Women’s 8-16 Weight 324g (size L) Ma­te­rial Ex­o­lite 125 dou­ble stretch weave (100% ny­lon)

The ny­lon fab­ric of­fers more dura­bil­ity than polyester, is breath­able and can fend off light mois­ture, mak­ing the Cos­mos good for hillwalking and scram­bling. It’s a snug fit, but is com­fort­able when worn over a thin fleece layer. There is slightly more length in the body than some and hardly any move­ment in the cuffs when scram­bling. The hood fits well enough to al­low vi­sion, while the OS-sized main pock­ets are placed to al­low ac­cess when wear­ing a ruck­sack hip­belt. The third chest pocket is very small but just about takes a GPS re­ceiver or com­pass.

It’s not as warm or water-re­sis­tant as the higher-priced heav­ier jack­ets tested here, so you will need in­su­lat­ing lay­ers more of­ten with this soft shell than oth­ers. It’s more of a stretchy wind­shirt than in­su­lat­ing jacket, which is great if that’s what you are look­ing for. Both the hood and cuffs are elas­ti­cated, but have no other ad­just­ment so either fit or they don’t. I found that the hood would ben­e­fit from ad­just­ment as it didn’t move well enough due to it not ‘hug­ging’ my head. The small chest pocket is okay but its use is lim­ited by its di­men­sions.

A breath­able and stretchy wind­shirt style with good features for hillwalking and scram­bling in mild con­di­tions.

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