Mountain Hardwear Super Chockstone Jacket
Instantly I could tell the Super Chockstone was well made, great fabric and neat seams and cuff details. The long body and ams fit well for athletic builds, ideal for climbing as it's lightweight, stretchy and very comfortable.
On the Hill
After some hill walking and cragging, the material stands up to the job: it's comfortable and smart for everyday wear too. Even though it's not insulated, it breathes really well and gives a solid defence against the wind. The DWR performs well with the tight weave shrugging off short heavy showers. I have not tested much more serious rain as this isn't its intended use. I like the length of the body as it stays tucked into a harness well and doesn't catch on carabiners while clipping gear onto gear loops. The hand warmer pockets are spacious and accessible with my harness on too, there's also a handy napoleon pocket for bulkier items. The hood is designed to be worn under the helmet, so you have to choose either way once you've committed to climbing. I do like the simplicity of the elastic hem too, just pull it up and done on. Keeping simplicity in mind, the clean taped finish of the cuffs leaves no bulk but keeps them tight to the wrist, but these can still be pushed up due to a stretch section. For easy stowing, it packs into the pocket, which is ideal. This is a great jacket for UK three season cragging and hill walking. I imagine it will stand up to the test for alpine summer climbing, with the right layering system. I'll be testing this theory soon in the Bernese Oberland; until then I'll be cautious and give the jacket four stars. In the meatime I’ll keep thrashing it about the Gritstone and Dark Peak moors and update as time goes on.
Neil Warren is an instructor working with Pure Outdoor in the Peak District.