The Airflo Hydrotec Softshell Fleece has been vote ‘Tackle Tester’s Choice‘ by Trout Fisherman Magazine.
This lightweight softshell is the ideal compromise between a waterproof jacket and a traditional fleece. It is made from a 95% polyester and 5% spandex mix so there is plenty of stretch in the fabric, Ideal when you are casting. The fabric is smooth with a very tight weave so can withstand all but the heaviest of downpours (water beads on the surface) and is also totally windproof. The fabric breaths really well so build up of moisture from sweat is kept to a minimum. On the inside the material has a brushed micro fleece texture which helps trap all the warm air.
Whilst this jacket alone will not keep you as warm as conventional fleeces in low temperatures, if you wear the right base layers it will provide a good level of warmth and comfort all day long. It is not a ‘body hugging’ design so there is plenty of room for layers of clothing underneath.
I really liked the integral cord and toggle lock adjuster at the back of the head. This ensures a really good fit and when you turn your head the hood turns with you. It is also really warm. The main front zip tucks neatly into a soft chinguard, again ensures a snug feel. I also liked the cuff fastenings – the Velcro stretches all the way to the end of the tab so it lies completely flat against the sleeve and does not stick up to snag your fly line.
This jacket has a very simple design with just two external zipped pockets and an elasticated cord and double toggle locks around the hem. I would liked to have seen a ‘D’ ring at the back of the collar, but other than this small point I think the jacket is outstanding, especially at £50.
Sizes Available – Medium – Large – X-Large – XX-Large
Available from – Fishtec – Airflo Hydrotec Softshell fleece
Post courtesy of Trout Fisherman magazine