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Decathlon Quechua Bionnassay Softshell Jacket Review
Windproof and water-repellent softshell jacket review
If you're looking for a performance related, low bulk outdoor jacket then a wind stopper/ soft shell jacket needs to be at the top of your shopping list. A softshell jacket can offer the user protection from chilly winds and provide insulation for warmth to provide an activity jacket for whether lounging around at a campsite/ base camp, cross country skiing or on a winter hiking/ snowshoeing trip.
Standing in my Quechua Bionassay Softshell jacket
Key features of the Quechua Bionnassay Softshell Jacket
- Main fabric- 83% polyester, 10% polyurethane, 7% elastane Soft shell. Developed by Stratermic concept for Decathlon.
- Softshell has a Windproof membrane for protection
- Stretch fabric provides freedom of movement
- Fabric is also water repellent
- Longer length cuffs include thump holes
- Breathability provided by zipped side vents and mesh lined pockets to allow heat escape.
- Sizes available S to XXXL in Men's and Women's XS to XXL
Bionnassay Softshell Jacket in a great bold azure blue
Review of the Quechua Bionnassay Softshell Jacket
While this jacket forms part of Decathlon's Quechua outdoor clothing range the Bionnassay tag denotes that its purpose is geared towards mountaineering. However as with a lot of outdoor clothing the mountaineering elements have a great crossover into other activities too.
The fit is a little closer to the body to ensure warmth however the stretch in the fabric counters this and means the jacket is great for activities involving your upper body. Having used the jacket for a spot of ice climbing I would say that this jacket definitely has sufficient stretch in the arms and shoulders for rock climbing and ice climbing.
The hood has a snug fit however no adjustment cords so it is recommended to try the hood before you purchase if you feel you will need to use the hood as part of your activity. I have found the snug fit and stretch fabric is fine for underneath a helmet for climbing.
The hood can get a little fiddly and annoying as the jacket appears to have been designed to be worn with the hood up- fully zipped up the hood protrodes slightly backwards. If the zip is undone slightly the jacket tends to flap to the side as shown in the image above taken on a trip to the Pyrenees.
A great extra the jacket has is extended cuffs which feature a stretchy fabric cuff. This helps to seal in body heat and also allows you to slide a glove over the top of the cuff for layering comfortably. I find them to be comfortable and non restrictive however I have relatively slender wrists.
The jacket is best worn over a wicking base layer and is a great mid layer when coupled together with a good quality waterproof jacket.
Extended fabric cuff with thumb loop
Value for Money of the Quechua Bionnassay Softshell Jacket
An equivalent product from an outdoor brand would likely use a Gore Windstopper fabric as it's softshell fabric and this therefore would lead to a premium in the price due to the premium paid to Gore for the use of their fabrics.
For a review at this price this it an excellent value softshell jacket that performs well and looks good. It is ideal for hiking in cooler conditions, rock-climbing and ice-climbing, cross country skiing and personally I expect it to get some use downhill skiing on the piste as well as making my way around resort.
The Bionnassay Softshell features 3 zipped pockets. A chest pocket which is on the small side however seems to be a current fashion trend for outdoor products. I find it fine for a set of keys, mobile phone or small compass for when on the move however will carry very little more.
The jacket features two zipped pockets on the left and right above the waist. These are often inaccessible when using a hiking rucksack with support straps across the waist so be aware of this if you are a walker or tend to like to carry a sac for your chosen activities.
Dog Sledding in the Bionnassay Softshell, Andorra
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