Tester: Dave Cornthwaite
The Outspeed 360 3L is a jacket bursting with technical features. The AdvancedSkin Dry 20k/30k outer fabric does an excellent job of protecting against the rain (and the odd splash of sea spray) and wind while staying breathable, as well as featuring Ripstop construction to protect against snags and tears. You might start to feel a little clammy in a real downpour, but in Autumnal drizzle and showers we stayed dry as a bone. Fully taped seams throughout the jacket also give the waterproofing a boost.
The 3 layers that make up the fabric (outer, membrane and backer) are bonded together to form a very thin shell, which is perfect for slipping on over a midlayer or t-shirt in warmer weather.
Ultralightweight at just 185g this jacket would be a great addition to a bikepacking kit bag or any adventure where you are trying to reduce the weight of your gear. It even packs down and stuffs into its own chest pocket.
Speaking of pockets, or rather, pocket, the zipped external chest pocket is all you get, so pick a pair of trousers or midlayer with extra storage if you like to bring gadgets etc. along with you.
One thing the Outspeed 360 3L really excels at is comfort. The MotionFit 360 technology works like a dream with the jacket fitting close to the body (nothing worse than pockets of cold air creeping in!) without being too tight or pulling uncomfortably, even when twisting and running. Articulated sleeves also help with the range of movement. The Outspeed is also a good length, fairly short but doesn't ride up and flash any skin.
The hood, like the rest of the jacket is minimalist with just an elasticated section at the back instead of toggles to help with the fit, so this can be a little hit and miss.
Four colourways are on offer from a sedate 'ebony' to a bright 'red orange' and all feature reflective strips and Salomon branding to keep you safe in low visibility.
Overall a well-constructed, minimalist waterproof jacket that offers lightweight protection from the elements.