Block out the wind and rain
Snowbee Breeze-Bloc softshell £99.99
THIS jacket’s first line of defence against the elements is a durable water repellent finish so rain just beads up on the outside. Should this breach or wet out over time then there is a Vapor-tec waterproof and breathable membrane to fall back on and keep you dry. This membrane is sandwiched between a smooth lightweight polyester outer shell, which has a high degree of stretch, and a soft brushed micro-fleece lining which extends down the arms and around the body. The jacket also features a polyester mesh lining down the front of the body that provides extra warmth and also doubles up as backing to the pockets. The full-length zip has a good-sized stormflap behind it to stop any wind or rain getting through and the easy-grip pull tab tucks away into a chinguard to prevent chafing.
The collar is soft and comfortable and attached to this is a detachable hood, made from the same material as the jacket. The hood is secured by a zip and velcro closures and has an elasticated draw cord to tighten it around the face. The bottom part of the hood can be brought together at the front and secured with two metal popper studs for extra protection around the neck. When you detach the hood you can protect the exposed zip by folding over a small flap at the back of the neck and securing it in place with velcro tabs. The sleeves finish in a simple cuff with a neat tab and velcro closure. There is a chest pocket with a water-resistant vertical zip and two zipped side pockets. The ‘invisible’ zips on these side pockets are almost hidden by the jacket material but the pull tabs are very small and not easy to grab with cold fingers. On the inside is an open mesh pocket with velcro closure. Available in S (36/38in), M (38/40), L (40/42), XL (42/44), XXL (44/46). Machine wash at 30C. Also available in a gillet at £69.99 and in the same sizes.
A breathable and windproof jacket that can also shed a lot of rain. It is very comfortable, especially the snug hood and high collar which provide a lot of protection. Came within a whisker of getting a Tackle Tester’s Choice, but I found those tiny zipper pull-tabs on the side pockets a bit fiddly.
Snowbee’s Breeze-Bloc softshell is breathable, windproof and very warm.
Hidden zip but pull tab very small.
The hood gives good coverage.
Zip and velcro hood attachment.