Product Review- Mammut Peludo Softshell

7 11 2013

Mammut’s Techy Bit:

  • Comfortable, elastic Soft Shell fabric
  • Pre-shaped sleeves with Velcro cuffs
  • 2 side pockets with zips
  • 1 chest pocket with zip
  • Drawcord hem, adjustable using one hand

Mammut Peludo Jacket

Our thoughts:

When I first got this jacket from Blacks Outdoor to take onto the hills and test I was a little stumped as to how I was going to do it. In Mammut’s own words it is ‘designed for everyday wear’, and looking at the jacket it just looks like a plain black softshell with no real distinguishing technical features. Saying this, I have had multiple Mammut products, namely the Rime Pro insulated jacket and the Trion Element 30 rucksack, both of which are versatile and excellent pieces of kit. Based on these experiences, and my knowledge of Mammut and their ‘Absolute Alpine’ ethos, I knew there had to be more to this jacket then for it to be worn through town or down the pub. So I took it out to see if I was right…

The weather forecast for our day on the hills was to be windy with strong gusts and the occasional shower, perfect for testing a softshell. Softshell’s are ideally suited to cold and dry environments, which is why they are a popular garment to be worn when Alpine Mountaineering, but they also have their uses in the UK too.

We started out from a windy Seathwaite Farm in the heart of the Borrowdale Valley and our target for the day was to be Great Gable via one of the classic scrambles on it’s southern slopes, Spinx Ridge. As it was pretty cold I had coupled the Peludo up with my EDZ Merino base layer and the recently tested Berghaus Smoulder Half Zip.

Testing the Peludo on a scramble

We made quick progress along the valley bottom and up towards Taylorgill Force waterfall. Alongside the waterfall the path turns into a short easy scramble, and with it my first opportunity to test the Peludo. As I reached for the first hand hold I realised Mammut had nailed it with the arm length as the sleeve didn’t shoot up my arm, nor did the jacket ride up my body as I stretched…Doing well so far!

As we reached Styhead Pass we were in the stronger winds, and of course it was getting much cooler. Although the Peludo doesn’t host a Windstopper membrane or similar I found it did cut out a lot of the wind. This coupled with the microfleece backer meant that I had quite a nice warm torso. A great feature about softshells is their excellent level of breathability. On the walk in of 2 miles at a fair pace I didn’t feel like I was heating up inside the jacket, nor making it clammy or sweaty.

Water Beading on the Peludo

As we joined the Climber’s traverse on the south side of Gable we we’re joined by the strong South westerly wind, and with it came a shower. I popped my gloves on and the velcro tabs on the cuffs meant I could get a good tight fit over the glove, excluding any drafts and heat loss. The collar also sits quite high giving a nice amount of protection around the neckline. The jacket acted as it should with the wind driven rain and just shielded it off perfectly, not once did I think I should exchange it for my waterproof. Getting my scramble on

Soon enough we had ‘Threaded’ the iconic Napes Needle and joined Spinx Ridge, a classic Grade 2 scramble that leads towards the summit. The jacket continued to give me the freedom of movement when scrambling and didn’t ride up or cause me any other issues whilst I was scrambling. I did notice that the pockets sit quite low so they would be useless if wearing  a climbing harness, however there is a chest pocket to put your phone or camera in instead.

After reaching the summit and being hit by a few more showers we made a quick escape off of the fells back to the car at Seathwaite via Styhead Pass.

Napes NeedleThis ‘everyday wear’ softshell had been put through a rigorous mountain day and I must say it certainly met my expectations. I would be interested to see how the jacket would fair after multiple scrambles or climbs, but the jacket didn’t show any major signs of abrasion from when I did drag it over a rock. The jacket may not appeal to those who like a more technical looking jacket as it is quite plain, but then it does mean you can wear it down the pub or as a casual piece. If you are looking for a basic but capable softshell which doesn’t look like it has just been sent down from a spaceship, then the Mammut Peludo may be for you!

Pub Testing!