My hunt for a soft-shell is finally over after purchasing a Mountain Equipment Astron Hoody from Snow & Rock this weekend. The Powershield Lite fabric is highly wind resistant yet breathable and I liked the idea of an integral hood. I also tried on a Rab VR Trail Lite – which I found better than the regular VR Trail which seemed a little warm – but the medium was too snug and the large like a tent on me. I’m always inbetween sizes with ME gear – the medium was snug, particularly around the back and shoulders, so I went with the large which with its active-cut was a better fit. This also gives me the option of wearing a micro-fleece underneath for extra insulation in the winter. The clincher of course was the yellow zips(!) – quite why Cotswold Outdoor only stock the blue version I know not (conservative Buyers who select the stock?)!
My new PHD Minim 300 sleeping bag also arrived in the post this week. I plumped for the half-zip option (which is more like a quarter-zip in reality) and the Drishell fabric. Its noticably lighter than my Marmot Sawtooth so definite weight savings, but its noticably thinner too – I’ll need a road-test to check how toasty it is.
…and while my credit-card is still warm I can feel a TN Laser Comp getting closer…!