Will Renwick tests out the Didriksons Echion Stretch Jacket as part of a comparative review of 9 softshell jackets

This is a basic jacket by Didriksons but it performed well. It has a hood that holds nicely thanks to its adjustment cords, and the neck zips up high for protection without feeling uncomfortable on the chin. The fabric is very stretchy and it fits well over a fleece – it’s not so thick it feels heavy and not so thin that it feels flimsy. There’s no inner lining for any added comfort or warmth. The Echion’s DWR coating initially repels water well but it was among the first jackets to wet out. It’s a nice medium length cut and it’s useful that the hem adjusters are located in the hardwarmer pockets. You’ll find this in both men’s and women’s versions.

Reviewed April 2016