Inov-8's Race Elite 315 Softshell Pro jacket zones higher protection fabrics across the shoulders and chest with highly breathable true softshell fabrics across the rest of the garment.
Inov8 says: Designed to keep the mountain athlete warm and protected in low temperatures and biting winds. Constructed with Pertex Equilibrium DWR for warmth and Pertex Quantum DWR for protection of the vital body organs.
Inov8's Race Elite 315 Softshell Pro is a pretty interesting garment, the majority of it is made using the Petex Equilibrium 4 way stretch softshell fabric which is pretty thin and will have a moderate softshell performance. The key areas of the shoulders, across the back and top area of the chest are made from dual layer panels of softshell with Pertex Quantum overlaid - this is clearly designed to have a higher water and wind resistance in these key areas.
The hood is single layer Pertex Equilibrium for lightness, and has a round the head cinch cord and a short wire in the peak. The cuffs are finished with a lycra binding with an additional cuff section with thumb loops for when it gets really cold.
Its pretty much our lightest softshell jacket despite having a technical hood, chest pocket and thumb loops and it achieves this with thoughtful zoning.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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