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Montane Mens Dyno XT Softshell Jacket RRP £140

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The trim fit improves line of sight, minimizes fabric bulk under a harness, and is patterned to climb. A simple stretch hem is the hood's only concession to fitting - there's no volume control - and since the fit around the face is a bit relaxed, and there's no structured brim of any sort, the hood doesn't function well in windy weather. Our reviewer thought the arms and body length seem quite long for a medium, but not excessive for him at 175cm (5'10"). Our reviewer has now worn it a lot in the early summer warm weather as well as in the last blasts of winter, and despite initial concerns he has been pleased with the ROM's breathability across that range.

The YKK Vislon main zip is one of the chunkier and more durable on test (albeit not quite as big as the Squall's).Four pockets and climbing helmet hood mean it is well equipped for climbing, mountaineering and mountain walking alike. The reality, at least from our experience, is that there's always a time when you don't want to wear a softshell, no matter how light, and so considering its negligible weight a carrying pocket is a great feature to have.

Hem length is slightly more generous than some, sitting just below the waist to offer a good protective overlap with your trousers.Removable foam inserts in the hem are designed to help it stay put under a harness, but these seem only partially successful. The ultimate rock climbing Soft Shell; light, tough and protective it's the definitive choice for everything from big walls to sea cliffs. As we've come to expect from Mountain Equipment, the tailoring allows full arm movement with no danger of hem lift.

Rather than being a figure-hugging 'active' cut, the body is best described as medium-roomy, with enough space to fit the Morphosis over a couple of under-layers but without being so baggy that it gets in the way or flaps in the wind. For some technical faults on products that may need specialist testing, please note that we may need to send the item to the original supplier or a fully certified testing company to seek an independent and professional assessment; this process can take up to four weeks. We may be able to arrange for a repair to be carried out at your cost, so please contact us for further details if you would like to use this service.

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The end result is a very slender cut jacket both in body and shoulders, leaving the jacket feeling quite small for its size. The ROM has a non-helmet-compatible hood, an outside chest pocket, an inside chest pocket and two hand warmer pockets which remain reasonably accessible with a harness or rucksack waist-belt on. Learn more here about the organisations Montane is working with to protect our playground, and to help us to make considered, responsible choices. As such, we would go so far as to say that this is more of a walker's or runner's fit than a typical climber's fit.It won't stretch over a helmet but can if you're desperate be worn under one (though head movement is compromised). As a climbing softshell it is also potentially let down by its fit, which is a shame because it has a whole lot going for it otherwise. Features a climbing helmet compatible hood and venting hand pockets that can be worn with a climbing harness so you can easily wear it on or off the rock. I bought a new one last week (tempted by a Needlesports 50% off deal) and the difference between the old one and the new one was noticeable instantly.

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