We are all now very accustomed to the concept of windproof layers and their benefitsalong with their compact size means that they are indispensable and allow for constant packing in your pack.
True Mountain sent me a sample of one of their brand new range of windproof’s to test over a couple of months to make sure its had a thorough range of mountain days and conditions to really shake itout.
Whats so new about a new windproof on the market?
The materials are different from the others on the market at the moment; here's the comparisons from the True Mountain website. Ultralite Windshell
You will have noticed the major difference, as reflected in the logo, is that its designed and made in Britain.
I grew up on a heritage of British is best products for the outdoors.
You could tell which side of the pennines hill folk came from due to the brand
name on their rucksack.
Innovation and competition was fierce but friendly and with the new
technologies emerging in fabrics;life in the outdoors became much more comfortable and lighter in weight meaning we could stay out
longer to enjoy it further and go faster.
True Mountain have taken this fantastic heritage and ideals and have been at the forefront of the reshoring, the term used to describe the fact the materials, design and manufacturer are taking place in Great Britain.
This can give an almost instant change in garments colour’s and design, stock run and overall cost in terms of turnaround rather than the months to years that production in Asia can offer.
So, back to the windproof, the essential item not just to be packed but taken and used from a pack. True Mountain have been able to listen to my feedback and act on it almost there and then to change the little things that make a big difference.
I have worn it over three months in most weather conditions in high end activities, work and dog walking. Its been invaluable on the OMM, Lake District Mountain Trial, Spine Race training, RAB and other events.
In the picture above, on a wet and windy day in the Cheviot on the OMM,
I put the windshell on over my dry base layer and under my wet base layer to help dry it off as I slept and rested for day two.
All of the above events are notoriously hard events typically true British affairs with accompanying mountain weather.
The back is long enough not to ride up under a pack.
The side panels compliment the colur scheme and work hard at moisture management; another plus point for the jacket.
The sleeves are made to be snug yet adaptable enough to moved up the arm to further aid in keeping cool. The zip works well even with gloves on, I did add a knotted string zip puller.
My sample model had a test hem closure system which did not affect the jacket
as I wore a waist belt on my rucksack.
It did have potential to be changed and Tim and the True Mountain crew took on board my feedback very speedily.
In terms of looks True Mountain have addressed this as well with some vibrant and retro colour schemes that would work well in the mountains and the trendy bars of Shoreditch and the Northern Quarter.