You notice how comfortable it is as soon as you start moving. Its design basis is a three-layer soft shell. It has an anatomical cut with a stretch back panel. Be careful not to take a size too big because you won’t take advantage of this aspect. I tested a size M and normally I wear size L. The stretch back means you don’t need the usual elastic cord to tighten the waist. The collar seems high and annoying but once closed the protective chin piece works well and it’s very comfortable. Tested in a North wind and damp weather over the top of a standard technical first layer, the vest fulfills its function. After an intensive walk your back isn’t wet with sweat and you don’t feel cold. The three-layer “element shield” construction demonstrates good thermal insulation and breathability.
The two lateral pockets are easily accessible thanks to the longer zip cursers. They are accessible even wearing a backpack. It’s a shame there isn’t a third exterior pocket higher up (for a mobile phone). But the vest has two inside pockets (mesh) that are the perfect size for IGN maps. The vest is very light and doesn’t take up much room once it’s folded inside the backpack. The finishing is carefully done. There are reflective bands for nocturnal escapades. This vest is perfect for hiking, trail running, climbing, all mountain activities in general and at a very reasonable price. More for summer time, this product hasn’t been tested in the winter.
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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