After surviving cycling through a bitterly cold winter thanks to my Rapha softshell jacket I have a new appreciation for the magic of technical clothing. Jack Wolfskin, one of the leaders in the field have a new TEXAPORE softshell that claims to be just as lightweight and breathable as hardshells. That’s the outdoor equivalent of turning base metals into gold and is therefore quite an exciting development. This is show off in the High Voltage Jacket

is a breakthrough for the Jack Wolfskin development team who had the hard task of making a lightweight, breathable material that’s just as waterproof as hardshells. Attained by taping all the seams in the triple-layer laminated material together, it combines the advantages of a waterproof jacket with the climate and wear comfort of a softshell.

Showcasing this pioneering material is the High Voltage Jacket, which is protective without being restrictive, like a great parent. The jacket is specifically geared towards any technically challenging outdoor activities, so is extremely useful if you’re pushing yourself to the limit beyond the confines of your sofa.

High Voltage Jacket Men/Women, RRP £280.00 from Jack Wolfskin.