I have always liked Didriksons’s philosophy: You do not challenge the elements, you adapt to them.
Style and function is the order of the day, with two decorative breast pockets with popper closure, and two zipped hand warmer pockets with pull toggles for cynching in the hem. There is also an additional large inside zipped stash pocket. The adjustable hood can easily be rolled out, or back and concealed into its zipped collar enclosure. The front zip has a protective storm flap, and the semi-elasticated cuffs are adjustable. What else can I tell you. Oh yes, it is, naturally, breathable and both wind and waterproof resistant, with taped seams, and with a PFC-free water-repellent finish for good measure. So, essentially, you get an awful lot of coat for your bucks, and as a grab and go garment, it is perfect. Did I tell you I like the styling, too? It looks good on the hill, down the pub, and on the airport dash. £140, www.didriksons.com