Review of Condor Tactical Soft Shell JacketDescription (straight from Condors website):
This durable, waterproof, lightweight, breathable fabric
contain billions of microscopic pores smaller than a
raindrop, but hundred times larger than a molecule
of water vapor. The triple layer combination wicks
moisture, stop water from passing through,
and circulate body heat.
- Lined stand-up collar
- Stow-away hoodie
- Two shoulder pockets
- Two 4" x 4" shoulder patch panels
- Two internal pockets
- Two highrise slash chest pockets
- Forearm pocket
- Double zipper back pocket
- Underarm vent zipper
- Double layer reinforced forearm
- Drawstring waistband and hood
- Adjustable wrist cuff
Outer Layer: 100% polyester, 4-way elastic, high density fabric.
Mid Layer: breathable film membrane.
Inner Layer: super fine fleece.
- NO Bleach, NO Iron, NO Dry Clean
- Wash inside out in low temperture
- Tumble dry in low heatFirst Impression:
When I first opened the box that the jacket came in I thought that it seemed kind of thin. I have used soft shell jackets before that I purchased from Kohlís and J.C. Penny. Their material is probably twice as thick. I noticed right away that the jacket fit very snuggly. If you have a ďnormalĒ build youíll be fine ordering whatever size you regularly wear. For those of ďlargerĒ build I suggest ordering one size up. I was impressed with the integrated hood. Typically, integrated hoods are thin and are there simply to break the wind. This hood has the same fleece lining that is present everywhere else in the jacket. Use and conditions:
Iíve worn the jacket for the past two weeks, regardless of temperature. Iíve been pleasantly surprised as to how warm the jacket has kept me, even when wearing just a t-shirt underneath. The jacket itself provides some insulation but not much. For field play Iíd say that depending on temperature youíll want to have some kind of polypro base layer (UnderArmour), with a knit thermal layer on top of that. If its really cold, put a turtleneck on over that and then the jacket. With all 4 layers Iíd say you could easily stay warm outside for extended periods down to 5 or 10 degrees.
This weekend Iíll be wearing this in its first game play test at Paramilitary X-Mas. Iíll have more information thenÖ.including pictures