Why We Chose The CimAlp Advanced 2H: Innovative design, good breathability, technical details
This new jacket from CimAlp seems to be an evolution of their lightweight trail running jacket called the Storm 2 Pro. It’s tougher, even more protective and more specced out, but it still features that impressive breathability rating of 80,000g/m2. If that figure is true, those are industry leading levels of moisture vapour management.
Who Is The CimAlp Advanced 2H Jacket For?
With its weight of 390g, its focus on breathability, and some of the safety details it has, the Advanced 2H is definitely a jacket made for the mountains. We can see this being a useful option for anything from hiking and backpacking to ski touring and mountaineering.
CimAlp used their own proprietary membrane here, the same one that was used on their lighter Storm 2 Pro jacket. Called Ultrashell this material has a decent waterproof rating of 20,000mm (hydrostatic head) but perhaps more importantly those phenomenal breathability numbers which we mentioned earlier (80,000g/m2). To put these into perspective, Gore-Tex Pro’s breathability tends to measure around 28,000g/m2 (MVTR). Read the Tester’s Verdict at the bottom of this review to find out just how breathable we found Ultrashell to be out in the field.
The fabrics featured either side of the membrane are also impressive, with a durable outer that has a slight bit of stretch and then a backer material underneath that’s soft and smooth, much like Gore-Tex’s new Paclite Plus, making the jacket comfortable to wear, even against bare skin.
The jacket is cut at a standard height at the front of the hem but at the back it drops down to partially cover your backside. This really helps to prevent the jacket from riding up too much when you’re wearing a backpack or climbing harness. The overall volume is on the athletic side but not so much that it’s constricting and it will be able to accommodate a mid layer underneath.