/ Mountain Equipment Softshell Argument
I am torn between a couple of Mountain Equipment softshell jackets; the Astron and the Shield.
Can get both for roughly the same price but would benefit from some experience about how each of them performs while climbing with comfort and range of movement being the primary goals :)
I'd echo what Styx said- I have the Astron, and find it to be the perfect 'summer' softshell. I use it for everything except winter stuff as its a little too lightweight for that.
cheers for the info guys, out of interest how do you think the shield would perform for rock climbing the rest of the year? would the lower breathability and tougher fabric mean it'd be too hot and resistritive to climb in comfortably?
Own a Shield and agree very much with the above comments; it is perfect in both design and performance during Winter but find that it may lack a touch of breathability in Summer conditions, especially during higher output aerobic activities.
Guess your decision is based on what you will be using the jacket for most. Any compromise, by its nature, results in a jacket not ideal for either season, since the conditions faced can be the polar opposite...
Love the Shield in Winter though...
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