Vaude Roc­cia Soft­shell Hoody

Trail (UK) - - BEST FOR BUDGET -

£160 Men’s S-XXL Women’s 34-44 Weight 568g (size L) Ma­te­rial Wind­proof 100 (100% polyester face, 100% polyurethane mem­brane); 100% polyester lining

This 3-layer, lam­i­nated, eco-friendly, soft shell ma­te­rial com­prises a mem­brane to im­prove water and wind re­sis­tance with a tough outer layer to re­sist abra­sion. It’s quite stretchy and snug, and longer than other jack­ets here. The hood fits ex­cep­tion­ally well with a stiff­ened peak and out­stand­ing move­ment. Two main

chest pock­ets are placed well above hip­belts and take an OS map with ease. A third chest pocket is use­ful for a GPS re­ceiver, but too small for much else. Pit zips are pro­vided for ad­di­tional airflow when needed.

I found the cuffs tended to ride up a lit­tle too eas­ily to be ab­so­lutely per­fect for scram­bling, although other soft shell jack­ets suf­fered from the same prob­lem. This is slightly heavy, so you would not want to be pack­ing this into your ruck­sack to of­ten. The outer face of the ma­te­rial is polyester rather than more durable ny­lon so, while this is

strong, it is not the tough­est op­tion. The men’s price tag is high, but the women’s at £145 is bet­ter.

A very good soft shell jacket for damp and windy con­di­tions when scram­bling or moun­taineer­ing, thanks to features such as great pock­ets and a su­perb hood.

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