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Our reviewer tests one of those 'jack-of-all-trades' items - the Windveil Pull On from Rab - and wonders how he lived without it
rab windveil pull on
Overall Score
Superlight, tiny pack size and incredibly versatile
Not as breathable as expected for something so minimal

I always thought 'windshirts' - as they used to be called - were the preserve of runners, weight-obsessives, or those who just like to own one of everything. Less breathable than a softshell, less waterproof than a hardshell and less insulating than, well, anything - what's the point?

Ski touring on big mountains, the Windveil surprised me by becoming my go-to layer. It's counter-intuitive to wear your flimsiest jacket in sub zero conditions, but when you're working hard the temperature seems irrelevant. Except when there's the slightest breeze. The Windveil Pull On blocked every breath of wind, even with a storm coming, and suddenly my temperature was perfectly regulated.

The same effect applies whether you're skiing, hiking or biking in cold weather.

Made from Pertex Microlight Super DWR fabric, and minimalised with a half-zip, a slim fit, and no hood, the Windveil Pull On comes in at 120 grams and packs to nothing. Even if you don't end up wearing it, it's an absolute must-have for ski touring.

On a particularly warm spring day you may find the Windveil lacking in breathability - but on those days a breeze is likely to be welcomed for its cooling effect. Plus you can stash the jacket in the smallest of pockets!

On any other day it will revolutionise your ski touring clothing system.

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