Ultra gear….

bimageInov8 Race Elite Stormshell 150 waterproof half zip smock

I bought this smock approximately 18 months ago for my 40th birthday. Of course the inov8 brand needs little introduction being one of the premier trail running gear specialists on the market. Advertised as 100% waterproof and windproof I felt this was perfect for the harshest weather the Peak District could through at me. With 20.0000 HH water proofing and breathability and weighing just 15og this is a proper fast and light garment.

The Pros – It’s very light, fits into a small stuff sack and will pass FRA mandatory kit rules (unlike its counterpart the montane minimus smock). It has an athletic slim fit. I had to buy the large even though I’m quite skinny. The hood is excellent, with multiple adjustable pull strings. It has adjustable draw strings on the waste to stop it riding up and a napoleon pocket that will easily fit a gel or 2 but not much more.

The Cons – not many, I found after a few runs out the waterproofing failed. I sent it back to be advised by the inov8 marketing department that the garment needed regular reproofing using a DWR wash available over the counter. None of the info was available on the web site.