Jack Wolfskin Charged Atmosphere jacket


A new softshell jacket promises a host of features for active outdoors people

Jack Wolfskin have spent time, energy and money revamping many of their outdoor clothing products in recent years. Many of their jackets, footwear and rucksacks have been given an overhaul and they are now highly rated by people who want their outdoors apparel to be both practical and stylish.

One of Jack Wolfskin’s newest ranges is “Active Trail”. This is for people who enjoy lighter and faster off-road adventures, including walking and running. Active Trail includes jackets, trousers, footwear rucksacks, tents and sleeping bags and mats.

The spring/summer 2014 Active Trail range includes a Charged Atmosphere softshell jacket, which comes in both men’s and women’s fit.

chargedfemaleThe jacket is waterproof, windproof and breathable. It is made from Jack Wolfskin’s unique Texapore fabric, which relies on technology developed by the brand.

The Charged Atmosphere jacket fabric is also stretchy for ease of movement when wearing it. A softer inner layer offers comfort against the skin.

A hood, chest pocket and inner pocket have been added for an all-round high quality summer jacket for walkers, runners and climbers.

Jack Wolfskin Charged Atmosphere jacket on test

This is a super lightweight jacket that immediately gives a feeling of quality and no-nonsense performance.

I decided to try the jacket over a short-sleeved base layer and it does feel nice against the skin. It’s not too cold or clammy, as you might imagine a waterproof layer to be against the skin.

The stretch in the fabric gives excellent freedom of movement and I really like the non-rustling sound of the softshell. You know how some waterproof jacket sound so noisy while running? The Jack Wolfskin doesn’t.

The women’s jacket is a lovely design and has a flattering female fit. The male version is squarer shaped to suit a guy’s physique.

The women’s jacket comes in a yellow or a black version, while the men’s is blue, yellow or steel. One wish is that the women’s jacket might come in a blue, too, or some other bright colour, but it’s a small point.

The arm and torso length are also good. I don’t like jackets that feel too short.

I’m impressed with the hood. It’s possible to adjust the hood to ensure that it stays up while running. There is a small stiff peak to help keep rain off the face. Nice touch, Jack Wolfskin.

Two pockets on the chest, one external and one internal, are ideal for keeping small items, such as a phone or keys, safe.

Out in the elements, the jacket does as it says it should. It’s lightweight but effective against the rain and wind. It’s also breathable so the sweat is able to evaporate effectively through the fabric.

On a run of around 90 minutes in cold, wind and drizzle the jacket worked well. I am almost close to saying it worked as well as Gore-Tex but I still love my Gore-Tex active running jacket the best, though perhaps only because I’ve worn it in and I’m most familiar with it.

See Jack Wolfskin. Products are available for sale on-line and in many good outdoors stores, including Cotswold Outdoor

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