Mountain Hardwear Offwidth Jacket
The Offwidth is a light soft shell: it isn’t waterproof, but is water resistant to a degree (although you wouldn’t last long in a down pour before getting drowned) and doesn’t have fleece inside. This makes it ideal for active use in UK spring and autumn conditions.
This is a very stretchy, fitted jacket with some excellent practical features: roomy pockets and a small sleeve pocket on one arm (for valuables or a lift pass if you were spring skiing), and a fleece collar. There are no pit zips but the pockets are mesh, so you can unzip these for extra breathability. I find the Offwidth is the perfect thing for running and mountain biking when it’s muddy: the fabric doesn’t soak up the dirt so you can just sponge it clean or give it a quick wash, and it is very breathable.
It is also a useful layering piece: you can wear it over a fleece for mild weather winter climbing, or chuck a shell over it for more warmth/waterproofing. The only downside is the toggle on the back of the neck, which clasps the neck tight: this feature can be annoying if you have long hair.
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