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Mountain Equipment Kinesis Range - the ultimate softshell?

For this season Mountain Equipment have refreshed their Kinesis range, offering two new legwear options as well as an updated jacket. Among the current generation of lined softshells the Kinesis is hard to beat, says Dan Bailey, but there's still room for refinement.

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Rab's New Vapour-Rise Range

Combining a weather-resisting outer with a wicking/insulating lining, for many years Rab's Vapour-Rise system has been one of the most effective and versatile softshell options available. Dan Bailey checks out the three new jackets in the fully...

Arc'teryx Gamma SL Hoody

Its active cut, minimalist design, and light-but-tough fabric make the Gamma SL Hoody a bit of a winner if you're after a lightweight and versatile softshell for walking and general outdoor use in less challenging conditions, says Pegs Bailey.

Mountain Equipment Kinesis Jacket

"The Kinesis is Mountain Equipment's latest take on the now ubiquitous weatherproof-outer-plus-fleecy-inner style of softshell, and it's probably one of the best I've used" says Dan Bailey.

Jöttnar Asger Jacket

There's a trend at present for hybrid softshells that combine a wind resistant outer with a fleecy inner. The Asger must be one of the...

Montane Lite-Speed Jacket and Terra Stretch Pants

From Norwegian ski touring to the grit, Toby Archer tests a summery combination of windproof top and light...

Fjallraven Keb Jacket

Rob Greenwood gets out his hairdryer (yes, really) to test the Keb, an adaptable, durable and ecologically friendly softshell jacket from...

Alpkit Resolute Jacket & Ardent Trousers

Through winter and spring on the Scottish hills, John McKenna puts this softshell jacket and trouser combo to the...

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The Rab Guide to Summer Softshells

Softshells are the ideal outer layer for Spring and Summer weather. In this article, Rab run us through a few of their key softshell designs. From lightweight, packable windproofs to a boundary blurring new design, there's something to suit practi...

New Berghaus climbing softshells have a hard edge

New from Berghaus for spring/summer 2017 are the Fast Climb jacket and pant. Extending the renowned Extrem range with lightweight, durable summer gear, the Fast Climb products are softshells designed to give protection from the...

Rab Kinetic Plus Jacket (Mens and Womens)

The Kinetic Plus is a new super lightweight waterproof stretch softshell from Rab. Designed using Rab's own Proflex™ fabric, the Kinetic Plus provides unrivaled freedom of movement thanks to the built-in stretch of this new fabric.

Váli - Multifunctional Mountain Legwear from Jöttnar

A richly featured softshell mountain pant made from class-leading Schoeller® fabric....

Nabu Waterproof Softshell for Men and Women

Quite simply the best softshell jacket Marmot has ever made...

WHAT'S AVAILABLE - Summer Softshells

In this 'What's Available' announcement we look at a variety of different soft shell jackets. British summer? Better get...

Highland Softshell Pant

A new softshell pant designed to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts and mountain leaders.

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