Chris Townsend reviews a traditionally styled windproof made from a more durable waxed fabric.

This review is part of our windshells gear guide, and was first published in the April 2018 issue of The Great Outdoors.

Styled like a traditional anorak this top looks very different to the other garments tested. It’s made from a different fabric too, a polyester/cotton fabric that feels more solid than the all-synthetic ones whilst still being soft and comfortable. It’s waxed too, to repel drizzle and light rain. Breathability is fine. The thickness and stiffness of the fabric means it’s suitable for winter use.

Being an over-the-head garment it is slightly more difficult to get on and off than one with a full-length zip. I don’t mind this though, especially as it means there’s a huge chest pocket. The pocket is made of mesh and can be left open for ventilation. The hood is roomy – too roomy for me as even with the drawcords tightened it comes down to my eyes unless I’m wearing a thick hat. A volume adjuster at the rear would solve this. The fit is quite roomy. I can easily wear the Large size over a fleece.