Tried And Tested 2014 Clothing
Our staff have tried and tested a selection of the latest gear and here's what they have to say about some of their favourites...
Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody"It's a lightweight and versatile jacket with a really nice feel to the fabric. It can be worn on the bike, whilst running, or whilst cragging on a breezy sea cliff to keep off the windchill, yet it still looks great to wear when strolling through town.
"Although not classed as waterproof, it can take a surprising amount of rain and the material cuts the wind out and therefore the chill. It`s ideal for warmer weather on the hill or even around the city as it looks extremely smart! It's more breathable than a normal shell so if you know its limitations and when it should be used it's a sure-fire winner. I carry mine in my pack all the time now, one thing to bear in mind is you will have to keep it proofed to get the best from the material. Worth every penny. And when the jacket is not in use, it packs down very small into its own pocket."
Tried and tested by Simon Bryant - Chester
The North Face Women's DNP Hoodie
"It's a perfect English Spring/Summer Jacket for any activity (because let's face it - it's not tropical here). It will keep you warm enough when there's a breeze, whether it be for belaying/bouldering/cycling/walking/going to the pub (the most popular of outdoor activities), and... it looks amazing! What more could you want?!"
Tried and tested by Kat - Sheffield
The North Face Men's Storm Shadow Jacket
"I would recommend this jacket for its light warmth to weight ratio, as a great spring climbing jacket or walking on a chilly day. Also it’s pretty versatile as a base layer or mid layer, great for reaching summits or skiing down them."
Tried and tested by David Smith - Sheffield
The North Face Alpine Project Jacket"The North Face Alpine Project jacket is an ideal jacket for spring time outdoor pursuits. With the unpredictability of weather at this time of year you don't know if you'll use your jacket or not. The lack of weight to this jacket is therefore ideal, to have in your bag all day and not worry about it. However on the off chance that it is required, you have a highly waterproof jacket, capable of taking the worst of this season's wet weather. Also, with the increase in temperatures, the high breathability allows you to continue to get the most out of your adventure."
Tried and Tested by Veryan Horne - MIlton Keynes
inov-8 Race Elite 150 Stormshell Jacket
"Lightweight waterproof smock (150 grams), taped seams, fully adjustable hood with a wire peak. The double zip allows venting which is nice and large, meaning it's quick and easy to put on and off when needed.
"It meets race specifications and has reflective areas meaning you'll be spotted by headtorch on the trail and it looks really good on!"
Tried and tested by Martin Bell - Aviemore
Rab Men's Zephyr jacket
"This super light softshell I find ideal as a packable layer when out mountain biking or on long trail runs. It is so light, very comfortable when worn, and shields you from the wind on cooler days. The hood option is handy and is snug under any helmet, and the reinforcement of double stretch weave on the shoulders provides that extra wind resistance on the most exposed areas of your upper body. A great versatile jacket for the mountain-minded person this summer."
Tried and tested by Alan Riach - Aviemore
Rab Scimitar Softshell Jacket
"The Scimitar is a technical mountain soft shell jacket, which does not use any membrane. Complete with a full helmet-compatible hood and with more durable fabric used in high-wear areas (i.e. shoulders and hips), it's a perfect piece of clothing for spring/summer/autumn use in the mountains. It's highly wind and water resistant, which means that in many cases wearing it alone will suffice and no waterproof is needed. This is great when you're wanting to cut the weight down. Because its weather resistance is achieved thanks to the weave of the fabric and the material use (without backing the fabric with any membrane), its breathability is superior and comes in handy during long, strenuous treks in spring or summer."
Tried and tested by Grzegorz Michalak - Kensington