Inov-8's Race Elite 275 Softshell Smock is our lightest softshell top from any manufacturer, stretch fabric provides good protection from wind and showers with moderate insulation.
Inov-8 says: Lightweight 4-way stretch softshell with DWR. For short, fast sessions in the cold and wet. Developed for an athletic fit this softshell provides an extra layer of protection against the elements, but with engineered fit and 4-way stretch you'll hardly know it's there. Athletic fit.
The idea of a softshell is that you get a high degree of protection from light rain but the garment is much more breathable than a traditional hardshell - Inov8's Race Elite 275 delivers this performance and yet is one of the lightest softshells we've got.
Ideal use would be hiking in changeable conditions when you don't want to keep taking a hardshell on and off just because it spits on to rain a bit.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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