I love me a soft shell, and I’m a slut for Schoeller Dryskin Extreme. Still, I was in a pissy mood when the Mammut Laser Light jacket came in the door. The tag said the Nano-Sphere fabric was highly stain resistant, so I figured fine, I’ll fix your wagon, you Swiss bastards.
I grabbed some crappy red wine and laid it on. It literally bounced off. I headed out into the rain and stepped out like I was back in Mountain Warfare school. No problems, it breathes supremely well, better than Gore Windstopper, and sheds wind and water effortlessly. Now I’m happy again.
Mammut really deserves kudos for this shell. At about 1lb 5oz they don’t come any lighter, but they only cut fat. There’s a great hood with one-pull cinching, and the two waterproof-zippered chest pockets double as vents. The main zipper unzips from the bottom, a nice touch that allows easy access to the nether regions of your harness.
The sleeves are cut long and have Lycra cuffs with thumbholes. Yeah, it looks kind of Flashdance, but you’ll be the one having the last laugh because this jacket performs.