Just in time to shield me from spitting rain and blow-me-sideways winds is the Heathen from The North Face.
I tried on a size medium sample at the TNF showroom visit a while back and this size large is better, I can get some layers under it and the arm and torso length are good.
It’s a classic alpine styled jacket, nice clean lines, uncluttered, with just the bare essential features. Those are two big venting chest pockets, adjustable hood, cuffs and hem and it’s cut from what feels like a mid-weight Gore-Tex ProShell.
Mobility is looking very good, and I had no creeping up of the hem in use. The hem is adjusted from inside the pockets, with the cordlocks for slackening the cord off inside the layers of fabric at the hem which you squeeze from the outside, with a similar arrangement at the hood.
The hood has a laminated peak which (once warm- ironed to straighten it out after compression during shipping) seems to hold itself up to the weather quite happily.
It’s a comfy jacket to wear, and like most “alpine” gear, it’s fits into the lightweight kit bracket as it’s functional and faff-free.
I’ll have more after it’s been properly knocked around a bit.
Here, that green is called Scottish Moss. Alright!