/ Recommend me a softshell
What do people recommend?
Montane Sabretooth. Had one for nigh on 2 years now and looks like new. Wear it for everything, climbing, mountain biking, winter walking and it does the business. When it dies (it doesn't look like it will for a while), I'll be getting a new one!
Marmot Driclime. The best bit of outdoor clothing I've used, it's not far from perfect and cheap as well. Not sure if you can still buy them though!
Ive got one of these and its never off my back at this time of year whether in the hills or out on the street.
I have had it 3 years and still looks like new. Great bit of kit.
That Montane Sabretooth looks pretty good I have to say
The baltoro guide is not really suitable unless you run ultra cold or refuse to wear anything underneath it. It's an alpiine heavyweight fleece backed shell designed for altitiude or cold. Thy are pretty good pieces of kit, but overkill for the uk (had one). What prevents you from getting a hardfleece and carrying a shell?
Another vote for Vapour-rise. My VR Guide was my most used piece of kit in the last year. Versatile, comfortable, hardwearing, loads of pockets. Also have a lighweight VR for the middle of summer, when it's (sometimes!) too hot for the Guide.
Another Rab VR vote- great bit of kit- mines been used regularly for several years now, and still going strong- so tough and hard wearing. Seems to be able to keep me at the perfect temperature, and because it's so breathable it keeps me comfy too. Particularly good for high energy activities like XC skiing without getting too hot.
You can enjoy the full soft shell experience with a lot more flexibility by combining a patagonia R1 hoody with a hooded windproof, I use a montane pertex hooded top for the scottish winter walk in over a R1, then slap on a R2 with a helmet compatable windproof (paramo Fuera ascent this year) for the climb. or Rab VR / montane krytponite with no windproof.
This system gives me a more flexible layering system than a single soft-shell jacket, being able to cover a huge range of temperatures and mild rain / drizzle.
I like soft shells but they are often a all or nothing layer that takes up a lot of room in the walk in or you soaked in sweat.
+1, spot on
Well Chris Ive used 3 types over the yrs......
A Rab vapourise, ME Microtherm and a Rab Baltoro light which is the lightweight version of the guide jacket..
I used my vapourise for yrs in all conditions the only thing I didn't like was it was a smock but the first version was...excellent kit....
Im using the microtherm now...very light, warm and windproof great for layering if needed...
Rab Baltoro Im struggling using this as a little bulky compared to what Im used too...so the Mrs wheres it shopping!!
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