Softshell Jacket: Millet Polartec Premium Shield
I’ve had a couple of soft shells for a number of years now, and rate them very highly indeed, so it was with interest that I received this model from Millet. The Polartec Power Shield fabric claims to be rather funky. Here is the official description:
Polartec® Power Shield® fabrics feature a smooth, tightly woven nylon face for abrasion resistance equal or superior to the best shells, but without the stiffness and noise. A polyester velour back traps air and provides a high warmth-to-weight ratio.
Polartec® Windbloc-ACT® enables the fabric to block 98% of the wind. The remaining 2% is allowed to circulate within the fabric, which greatly enhances moisture vapour transmission –2 times faster than other waterproof breathable shells – and improves breathability, reducing the risk of heat stress build-up.
In practice I actually found it to be relatively stiff on first acquaintance, but this softened up reasonable well after a few wearings. As for breathability wind and water proofness it’s so far stood up to everything I have thrown at it.
So what of the design? It’s a very technical jacket with industry standard waterproof zips, double vents on each side, an attached, but easily adjustable hood. It weighs a fairly significant 650g and retails at a fairly hefty £210. In summary, a great all-round softshell.
Reviewed by Matt Heason on behalf of planetFear