OMM Kamleika Race Jacket II – £160 / 260g
Kamleika has been around for yonks and is often overlooked, but it’s a super-stretchy, minimal rustle, soft-feel fabric that we really like. While the stripped-down Kamleika Race Smock is aimed at gramme-counting mountain marathon types, the revised Jacket version is much more of a fast and light all-rounder with a more forgiving cut.
It’s still pretty light though at 261g for our medium test jacket and has a more modern look thanks to new colours and water-resistant zippers plus even more stretch thanks to new stretch tape on the seams.
The pay-off for all that stretch is that the jacket has a neat, close fit to it that’s completely non-restrictive and works equally well for running, biking, light walking and even wet weather road-cycling, though the hood does get in the way there. If you do get hot, roll up the sleeves and use the mesh-lined pockets for additional venting.
The hood is more lightweight minimal with very limited stiffness than a mountain one, but then it’s aimed at fast movers rather than gnarly mountaineers.
If stretch and neat cut with a drop-tail is your thing, they don’t come much stretchier than Kamleika. The quiet, soft feel makes it a pleasure to wear when running and biking and the fit is close but non-restrictive because of the give in the fabric. We also like all the reflective bits – great for night time use.
Hood is a little soft in the brim plus the 65% Polyester fabric isn’t the toughest option out there.
Comfortable fast-moving multi-sport option with unique levels of stretch and quiet performance.
More info: www.mountain-equipment.co.uk.
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