I must say I was quite excited when the parcel arrived bearing the new Hi-Tec Misty Mountain Soft Shell jacket. So it was with much excitement that I immediately ripped open the parcel.

• The colour!
• Zippered chest and waist pockets, ideal for my phone and a snack.
• Interior poly – cover zip
• Fleece lined to keep me warm.
• Adjustable elastic hem draw strings for a perfect fit.

What first struck me was the brilliance of the blue “Italia”. The Greek Mediterranean sea-blue immediately evoked memories of hiking trips along the seashore (the Woody Cape hiking trail comes to mind), waterfalls explored (Lesotho’s wild mountains) and crossing wild beaches on horseback (think Wild Coast). I just had to try it on there and then! The inner fleece has a soft-velvety feel that is comfortable against the skin with an outer waterproof lining made of a durable spandex & polyester mix, creating outdoor durability that I’ve come to expect from a Hi-Tec jacket.

The Dry-Tec technology on the inner front panels allows the garment to breath and helps keep you dry – by removing the moisture it keeps your temperature at an even keel allowing maximum heat retention. The snug fit created by the drawstring around the waist is an extra bonus ensuring no unwanted cold breeze to sneak in. I also love the left upper arm zipper pocket – big enough for my mp3 player/ keys/snack and set at the right height for easy access.

The two-tone grey zippered front pocket panels and under arm panel make for a streamline slimming look, accentuating the female form and is therefore very flattering. Looks aside, this jacket is made to wear. It can be machine washed on a gentle cycle, hung up to dry and be ready for the next trip. It requires no ironing and the fabric has a moderate wrinkle resistance – yes I did the wrinkle test, crunching it up into a ball, holding and release. The jacket showed slight wrinkles but overall not a bad response – something I really appreciate, as I like to look fresh and neat even on a 5-day hike.

The name Misty Mountain Soft Shell really does this jacket justice as it performed beautifully in cold clammy weather, while staying dry and snug, but not feeling sweaty and hot while doing the outdoor activities that I love.

Overall I am impressed and would recommend it as an all-weather jacket to anyone wanting a long lasting, great value item.

Get your Hi-Tec Misty Mountain direct from Hi-Tec’s Online Store.