(Adopt Greg Wallace voice): Softshells do not get any more technical than this! Which is what I would have hoped for given its price. For this Alpine-style jacket, Mammut have used the new Gore Windstopper fabric which, although it’s been around for years, has recently been improved to be more breathable – and there’s a clear improvement, but there are still pit zips when it gets too hot.
Softshells vary enormously in their purpose but I’d say this is one of the most versatile year-rounders. It is reasonably light (517g – size large) and, in the UK at least, best used as part of a layering system that includes a lightweight hardshell and a long-sleeved baselayer. The softshell/ultra lightweight waterproof configuration is becoming my go-to system as the weather turns. Perhaps on warm Alpine days or with light snow, this and a baselayer is all you’d need.
It’s loaded with features as you’d imagine. There are two zipped sidepockets that aren’t impeded by a rucksack belt, but are sadly too small for a map. There are underarm zips for ventilation, although I’ve never used them. There are also comfortable thumbholes with Lycra lining. It’s a Marmite feature – I love them. The cuffs are elasticated, but not too tight to roll up. My preference remains for Velcro tabs however. There are two drawcords around the hem that only need one hand. There’s no hood, but you can still adjust the neck with a drawcord. One of the most noticeable features is the reinforced shoulders with gummy little dots that means the rucksack won’t slip anywhere. It’s a nice addition.
This is, no doubt, an excellently constructed and versatile softshell, but it is pricey and some of its contemporaries have comparable features and material for less.