Jack Wolfskinâ€™s softshell Proton jacket for men and women is part of their new autumn/winter range.Â
For many years I overlooked Jack Wolfskin products as serious contenders for outdoors wear. I didnâ€™t think they were robust or technical enough for the type of activities that I enjoy, such as Munro bagging.
I confess, too, that I have always liked the wolf paw logo so it’s a product I have tended to keep my eye on in the hope it would eventuallyÂ revealÂ some great products.
One of these is the new Jack Wolfskin Proton jacket. There are versions for men and women so you can wear an outdoors active jacket that also fits neatly.
The Proton jacket is a softshell jacket. This means it is a soft fabric that is windproof and breathable. In addition, the Proton has a nice element of stretch so it is easy to wear whatever you are doing. Jack Wolfskin call the stretch fabric, FLEX SHIELD.
I recently popped it on under a waterproof jacket for a via ferrata challenge in a gorge at Kinlochleven, in the Scottish Highlands. Not once did I feel my freedom to move was hampered. I could reach out, up and back with no problem at all.
More about Jack Wolfskin Proton jacket
The Proton jacket is actually split into areas of fabric. At the front is a windproof thermal lining (called Jack Wolfskin STORMLOCK) for wind protection where it is most needed. The rest of the jacket is wind-resistant and breathable. This means that if you are working hard in the outdoors youâ€™ll benefit from wind proofing but sweat will also be able to escape.
A micro-fleece lining provides basic heat retention and soft-to-feel comfort.
There are two pockets at above waist height. These can be used even when you have a rucksack waistband attached. There is nothing more annoying than a jacket that has pockets in a place where they are obstructed by a rucksack waistband.
I also appreciate the fleece-lined hand pockets. These are great when you want warm and cosy hands.Â An internal zipped pocket is useful for keeping small valuable items safe.
There is also a two way front zip (useful) and an adjustable cord hem.
I have been testing the womenâ€™s Proton jacket. I am not too bothered about the pink colour and would prefer the blue but itâ€™s good to have a choice. The fit is really nice for me. I am usually a UK10 and the Jack Wolfskin UK10 fits nicely. Itâ€™s not too tight but also not too baggy.
The fit is actually stylish enough to wear this jacket for going to the pub and also well fitting enough to be useful mid and outer layer on the hills.Â The arm length is generous and there are Velcro adjustable cuffs.
As well as being comfy to wear, itâ€™s practical. I have used it a lot for walking, from evening dog strolls to Munro bagging.
Itâ€™s not the sort of jacket that rolls up and stows away in a tiny bag. Rather, itâ€™s jacket that you would expect to wear at the start and all the way through a dayâ€™s hike. I simply add a waterproof shell when/if the rain comes on.
Itâ€™s priced at RRP Â£140, which I think is slightly on the high side but I expect youâ€™ll find it cheaper somewhere on-line.