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. Tailored for women.
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, zipped pockets and thumb loops and it achieves this with thoughtful zoning.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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