Chris Townsend gives his verdict on the Didrikson Edge jacket – and explains why he chose it as a Recommended Buy

The Edge is a simple lightweight jacket at a reasonable price. The fabric is very soft and comfortable. It’s fairly quiet too. Breathability, however, isn’t as good as more expensive jackets and there are no underarm zips. Having a separate lining it’s a bit warmer than other jackets around the same weight.

The Edge is the shortest jacket tested and only has a slightly extended back. The Durable Water Repellent, like that on the other Scandinavian jackets tested, is a non-PFC one, which is good.  The hood has no peak but it is large enough to snug around the face for good protection.  There are no front drawcords, just a rear one plus a rear Velcro tab for volume adjustment. The drawcord does need to be pulled quite tight to stop the hood blowing back off the head in strong winds. If you want to wear the jacket around town the hood can be zipped off, leaving a padded stand-up collar.

The two outer pockets are quite roomy but are cut off by a hipbelt.

As a three-season jacket the Edge is reasonable for the price.

Reviewed in May 2016