Montane's Rapide Softshell Jacket is made from very soft and pliable waterproof material offering very comfortable and effective protection against wind and showery conditions.
Montane says: Built to provide comfort during cool Alpine trail running adventures, the Rapide Softshell Jacket is lightweight, water repellent, wind resistant, fast drying and features stretch for comfort during dynamic body movement. Montane's Rapide Jacket is part of the VIA Trail Series.
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Montane's Rapide Softshell Jacket is in the lightweight category which provides excellent wind proofing with moderate insulation, and of course is highly water resistant. In the case of the Rapide Jacket the fabric has quoted figures for hydrostatic head and breathability that wouldn't look out of place in a shell jacket.
This means the fabric is essentially waterproof, although the seams are definitely not - which is why its a softshell and not a hardshell. The fabric is also very soft with a nice drape. Designed to be lightweight its part of Montane's VIA range aimed at mountain runners but is equally suited to anyone needing this kind of protection in a lightweight package.
Feature-wise there's only a single external chest pocket which frankly is right for this type of garment, a very light roll away hood and simply bound cuffs.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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