Trail (UK) - - BASE CAMP -

The Ul­ti­mate soft shell has been around a while, and dur­ing that time has be­come a firm favourite of sev­eral mem­bers of the Trail gear re­view team. This year sees an up­date and re­launch of the jacket, and from what we’ve seen, the new Ul­ti­mate de­serves to be even more pop­u­lar than its pre­de­ces­sor. Us­ing Gore Wind­stop­per fab­ric, the Ul­ti­mate is tough, wind­proof and, thanks to the ad­di­tion of a durable wa­ter-re­pel­lent coat­ing, not phased by a bit of the wet stuff. Im­por­tantly, though, it’s also in­cred­i­bly com­fort­able, be­ing more breath­able and less re­stric­tive than a typ­i­cal hard shell jacket. Be­cause of this, it can be paired with in­su­lated lay­ers for more warmth in win­ter, worn un­der a hard shell in re­ally wet spring or au­tumn weather, or just pulled over a base layer for wind pro­tec­tion on cooler, breezier sum­mer days – the Ul­ti­mate in adapt­abil­ity.


Ca­pa­ble of han­dling any­thing but full-on rain, the Ul­ti­mate V SO is a jacket for all sea­sons.

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