/ Anyone used decathalons softshell jackets?

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Adam Hughes - on 24 Nov 2012
I'm looking for a softshell jacket this winter and have spotted these in decathalon, anyone used them? I don't really want to be spending a 100+ if I can help it,

Thanks,
Adam
Northern Climber on 24 Nov 2012
In reply to Adam Hughes: yep, used one for a while now. used it for windy summer days and as my main winter top layer when its not wet. great and worth the money
The Ex-Engineer - on 24 Nov 2012
In reply to Adam Hughes: I've currently got a Quechua softshell I picked up on sale in Decathlon in Spain in 2010 for around 45euro and it is damn good.

I'm very happy with it, although I would say it is definitely wind resistant rather than completely windproof.
Enty - on 24 Nov 2012
Great! I got one but not used in anger yet.

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jimjimjim on 24 Nov 2012
In reply to Enty: I've got two. The only problem I've found is the zip gets a bit stuck at the bottom. I've had it a few year though...
Andrew Smith - on 24 Nov 2012
In reply to Adam Hughes: Yes, i have one. Had it for two years now, climbed in it, walked in it, and started using it out on my bike recently, and it performs really well. Best Jacket I have had.
normie boy - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Adam Hughes: yes, they are good. Latest version have improved sip...ykk.My older one has slightly dodgy sip as said.
Edradour - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Adam Hughes:

Which model does everyone go for?
JUSTXMike - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Adam Hughes: I was looking at the Bionnassay softshell jacket but what do people think? 45 and has a hood and hand cuffs which you can stick your thumb through.

Are there any better out there at a decent price
Fraser on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to JUSTXMike:

I think that's the one I bought about a year ago. It's good, but the down-sides are:

- it's not totally windproof
- the hood isn't adjustable
- the hand pockets & Napoleon pocket are all too small.

For the money though, its pretty decent. Never used in anger though.
Fraser on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to JUSTXMike:

Their site says it's only 29 just now, which is very good value.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/bionnassay-softshell-id_8197921.html

(this is the one I have, only mine's in black)
Timmd on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Fraser:
> (In reply to JUSTXMike)
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> I think that's the one I bought about a year ago. It's good, but the down-sides are:
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> - it's not totally windproof
> - the hood isn't adjustable
> - the hand pockets & Napoleon pocket are all too small.
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> For the money though, its pretty decent. Never used in anger though.

Guess you could argue people should buy jackets without these downsides so people selling them stay in business, and there is deacent choice for people?

Not a dig at yourself, more just a thought which has occured to me.
Fraser on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Timmd:

Perhaps a fair point, but speaking personally, I didn't need the extra spec. offered by the more expensive options, so couldn't justify the increased spend. A basic cost-benefit analysis meant I went with the option which best suited my requirements and have been happy with it.

My highlighting of the down-sides was more as an aid to those who might require something 'better', eg the OP.
r0b - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Adam Hughes:

I've had a Bionnasay Softshell for 3 or 4 years and it is exceptional value for money. The fabric is pretty waterproof and even now rain beads up on it pretty well. The only negative is that the hood is a bit useless, no way would it go over a helmet.
Timmd on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Fraser:
> (In reply to Timmd)
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> Perhaps a fair point, but speaking personally, I didn't need the extra spec. offered by the more expensive options, so couldn't justify the increased spend. A basic cost-benefit analysis meant I went with the option which best suited my requirements and have been happy with it.
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> My highlighting of the down-sides was more as an aid to those who might require something 'better', eg the OP.

I understand completely, I knew it'd come across as me making a point or a dig more than I intended it to. (:-))

Was more a vauge observation on buying habits and mass market products and a few other things which went unspoken/untyped...

Timmd on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Fraser:In my head I could hear the smaller gear companies and specialist outdoor shops grumbling I guess.
verygneiss - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Adam Hughes:

I third/fourth the Bionnassay jacket, it's really tough and copes with the wind pretty well to my mind. I've used it in pretty strong wind (50mph+) and remained warm, and the cuffy-glovey bits are great for use with gloves.
Fraser on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to Timmd:
> (In reply to Fraser)
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> I understand completely, I knew it'd come across as me making a point or a dig more than I intended it to. (:-))

No worries, I didn't take it as a dig. ;)

> Was more a vauge observation on buying habits and mass market products and a few other things which went unspoken/untyped...

I'd not disagree, it's old David & Goliath thing again I suppose. If I could have got the same jacket (ie the same spec. & price) from a David, I would have.

captain paranoia - on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to Adam Hughes:

Decathlon sell a number of different, own-brand soft shells, so it might be an idea to identify which one we're talking about...

The one linked to above claims to have a membrane, so ought be be competely windproof.

Partially-windproof items have their proponents, which is one reason why PowerShield is a popular soft shell fabric.
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Enty - on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to Adam Hughes:

Absolute shocker trying to put the thing on with wet hands.

Also when you put your hand into the left sleeve your hand goes behind the sleeve pocket pouch - not good.

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