|Here I am putting Active Shell through its paces|
On its first outing I packed it into my hydration backpack as it was not raining when I set out and after all, you don’t need a waterproof unless it is actually raining, right?! After an hour the heavens opened and in getting the jacket out of my pack I got quite wet so I thought I had messed up the first test somewhat by providing a pretty damp interior for the jacket to deal with plus we had a big hill to climb!
Undeterred, we carried on through constant rain and a healthy portion of mud being thrown over my brand new jacket, which remained fully zipped up to keep out the mud and drips running down my face but potentially limiting some valuable airflow.
The jacket was performing well, it was wet, 8 – 10 degrees or so and we had completed plenty of mixed climbs and descents to mix up the climate inside the jacket. I have to say so far, so good; I feel comfortable and dry (where covered) and after an hour or two in these conditions we head back.
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show just how small Active Shell packs down
I have since tested the jacket on numerous occasions including running and road cycling with similar results. The exceptional breathability of the fabric perhaps shows up best when you are out with a group in wet conditions where everyone has had to opt for some form of shell layer to keep the rain and wind off.
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Gore Tex Active Shell is constructed in a three-layer make up, that is to say it has an outer shell face fabric, an inner scrim lining and then the Gore Tex bonded in the middle. The inner scrim layer provides a tactile layer for when it is against the skin and helps protect the Gore-Tex membrane.
It is worth noting that Active Shell is designed for ultra lightweight and will not offer the durability of a hill-walking jacket. That said, my jacket is still in one piece and has crashed through trees and taken a few tumbles with me.