The Pokiok is a basic jacket made from a stretchy, tightly woven fabric that has some wind resistance but isn’t fully windproof. Breathability is good. The simple design has few features, just two lower pockets that are covered by a rucksack hipbelt, a high collar and adjustable cuffs. The thin fabric has a brushed inner and provides similar warmth to a heavyweight base layer or the thinnest fleece. Comfort is good and this is a pleasant jacket to wear. It’s very light for a softshell too and packs away quite small. However it is quite expensive for what it is. Really it replaces a light fleece, providing a bit more wind and abrasion resistance. In stormy weather it will still need to be worn under a shell though so I’m not convinced it has any real advantage over a much less expensive fleece.

First published November 2013.

Overview

  • Overall: 3 out of 5

Pros: lightweight

Cons: expensive

  • Details: PRICE Ј140 MATERIALS 91% polyester/9% Elastane HOOD no FRONT closure zip with inner flap UNDERARM ZIPS no POCKETS 2 hem CUFFS Velcro SIZES men S-XXL WEIGHT 388 grams
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