I’ve largely steered clear of soft shell jackets, preferring heavier, but more water resistant Paramo. Everyone keeps telling me, Paramo is too heavy and warm for summer, although I’ve found it works for me and I’ve rarely been too hot. I’ve tried the wind-proof shell with thin fleece lining approach of the Rab Vapour-rise and Marmot Driclime. Neither of these jackets really worked for me. This is as much design issue as the materials. Neither have good venting sleeves, although the Vapour-rise does have good pocket vents.
Enter the Rab Sawtooth jacket. Unlike the Vapour-rise, this has proper venting sleeves that can be opened and rolled up. The chest pockets should also vent better as they have mesh linings. Personally, I would prefer to have conventional chest pockets that you can put your hands in rather than Napoleon pockets.
It’s a very simple, unfussy jacket with a draw cord hem and neck. There’s no hood, so it should layer well under a hard shell. Inside the collar, there is a thin fleece lining. The material is very stretchy and feels a lot more air permeable than the Vapour-rise range, so should be more comfortable in summer.
It has a a DWR coating to ward off light rain, but I wouldn’t expect it to be particularly water proof. However, it should dry quickly. It weighs 407g for a Medium, almost spot on the advertised weight on the UOG website, and 33g lighter than the weigh on the Rab web site.
The weather forecast for next week is mixed, so it should get a reasonable test. I’m intrigued to see how it performs.