Lightweight softshell jackets are a summer staple for both walkers and climbers. We compare 11 models here.
In this 'What's Available' announcement we look at a variety of different soft shell jackets. Whatever you are looking for, hopefully there are some ideas and products here that are of interest. Happy climbing.
What's Available articles appear once every two months on UKC and UKH. They are compilation articles of items submitted by manufacturers/distributors to UKC/UKH and we choose a genre of product relevant to the season we are publishing in. The text is direct from the manufacturers/distributors and these items are in no way intended as reviews. Since the manufacturers submit different specifications it isn't always possible to have directly comparable data between items. What they do offer is a quick reference to similar items some of which have previously appeared on UKC/UKH as items on their own.
The Valaparola Softshell jacket is a new three season softshell by Berghaus.
Available in men’s and women’s specific styles, the Valaparola is made out of a lightweight version of Gore WINDSTOPPER Softshell that offers four way stretch, is 100% windproof and incorporates excellent durable water repellency through the face fabric. The jacket’s cut and features are designed for climbing and other mountain adventures, delivering great freedom of movement, comfort and weather protection.
Features include: a fixed hood with front and rear adjustment; two zipped raised hand pockets and one zipped chest pocket; two venting underarm zips; exposed centre front zip; stretch bound cuffs with thumb loops; and drawcord hem adjustment.
The men’s Valaparola weighs in at 572g (size large) and the women’s Valaparola weighs 518g (size 12).
The Blask Jacket from Mammut
New for Spring 2013
Fabric: Mammut SOFtech
More Info: www.mammut.ch
Shoulder seasons bring unpredictable weather, so when the day calls for just a little something between you and the elements, choose the Kriti. This soft-shell acts like a breathable, water and wind-resistant second skin. The fabric is stretchy and soft, and the fit is meant to be close, so there’s no flap or drag to slow you down. Elbows are articulated to refine the fit, and center front zip is asymmetrical from chest to chin for comfort.
SN14285 | Size: S-XXL | Wt: 415 g. (14.6 oz.)
Fabric: 88% nylon / 12% Spandex
More Info: Sherpa Website
Set the pace with the versatile Tempo hoody, a stretchy softshell with wind protection. Ideally suited towards high aerobic mountain based activities where wind protection and breathability are essential. Marmot M3 softshell fabric is air permeable, incredibly stretchy and looks great on or off the hill. The Tempo hoody is available in both a men's and women's version.
Marmot M3 Softshell | Water Repellent and Breathable - Ideal for Aerobic Activity and Sheds Water | Attached Adjustable Hood - Reduces Volume and is Secured with a Velcro Hood Tab | Zippered Chest Pocket with Headphone Port | Zippered Hand Pockets - For Convenience | Adjustable Velcro® Cuff - Adjustable Velcro Cuff | Internal Zip Pocket | Elastic Draw Cord Hem - For Adjustability in Serious Weather | Angel-Wing Movement - Allows Full Range of Motion in Arms so Jacket Doesn't Ride Up
Men’s Colours – Black, Cinder, Cobalt Blue/Bright Navy, Methyl Blue, Green Pepper/Midnight Green, Rocket Red/Team Red
Women’s Colours – Black, Blue Sea, New Vibrant Purple, Green Envy, Lipstick
More Info: Marmot Website
RRP is £180
With full stretch, this lightweight and completely windproof Softshell is designed for the most demanding Alpine and mountain environments.
Modern alpine climbing takes in an incredible breadth of terrain, from long arching snowy arêtes to the hardest technical moves on steep and imposing faces. The Trojan provides dynamic, reliable soft shell protection for all types of climbing and mountaineering, whether committed high on the Grand Jorasses or simply enjoying a day on the Pigne d’Arolla.
GORE® WINDSTOPPER® X-Fast 230 fabric; stretchy, windproof and
Mountain HC Hood with Stealth Technology
Active cut with articulated 3D sleeves
Twin-needled and coverlocked construction throughout
Reversed YKK® front zipper
2 chest pockets with breathable mesh lining
Lycra® bound cuffs
Dual-tether hem drawcords
More Info: Mountain Equipment
Marking Lowe Alpine’s return into the clothing market, the Vapour Trail Jacket is a soft shell garment built using their own Stormweave fabric, a high-performance version with a waterproof/breathable membrane and laminated fleece inner. The jacket is a two-pocket design featuring a YKK front zip with internal storm flap, adjustable cuffs and a drawcord hem. Weight is 585g and the Vapour Trail is available in men’s and women’s versions.
More Info Coming Soon on: lowealpine.com
Women's version available - yes
Avg weight 515g
Gore Windstopper 3L ; TNF Apex Aerobic
A versatile mid or outer layer that's fully featured. Gore Windstopper knit nylon is windproof and weather resistant and has a wide comfort range / Fully adjustable hood with hidden cord locks and laminated brim / Stretch woven side panels breath well and reduce bulk / Harness and pack-friendly alpine handwarmer pockets / Hidden hem cinch-cord at centre front zip
The Alpine Project Hybrid Hoodie has been ordered by the Glenmore Lodge Guides as part of their main uniform for Spring 14.
More Info: The North Face
Combining storm-level protection with optimal breathability, the Knifeblade jacket is a highly water-resistant performance stretch soft shell, built with lightweight, moisture-shedding Polartec Power Shield Pro Fabric.
Fabric – 5.9oz Polartec Power Shield Pro 94% polyester/6% spandex bonded to a tricot back.
Polartec Power Shield Fabric is used for its great water and abrasion resistance, and exceptional breathability. This highly water-resistant fabric is made of a tightly woven face and wicking polyester backer, bonded to an air exchange membrane, which blocks out 99% of the wind. The remaining air circulates within the fabric, enhancing vapour transmission for greater breathability.
More Info: www.mountainhardwear.com
The Lizard Jacket is a great lightweight 4-way stretch soft shell, providing great breathability . Articulated sleeves with underarm panels offer extra movement, simple fitted soft elastic cuffs and a chest pocket to stash small items as well as 2 hand zippered pockets.
Weight: 435g (size Large)
Face Fabric – FlexAble Polyamide 4-way stretch
Pockets – 2 zipped hand pockets and 1 zipped chest pocket
Womens Version – Yes, Lizard Q Jacket
More info – Here : Haglofs Website
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