Why We Chose Cortazu Stretch Jacket: Great breathability, useful features, nice fit
We’ve tested out three items already from Cortazu, an up-and-coming brand from the Netherlands, and we’ve been impressed by all of them (check out our review of the Cortazu Mountain Shell). So, when they put this jacket forward for us to review, we couldn’t help but say yes.
This thing does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a simple, lightweight and stretchy softshell that’ll keep the wind and a bit of light rain off you.
Who’s The Cortazu Stretch For?
Available in men’s and women’s versions, the Cortazu Stretch will serve well on those summer hikes or bike rides when the sun is out but the breeze is cool. At just 220g it’s also a handy thing to keep in your bag just in case the temperature drops, or to whip out when you’ve stopped on a summit to have lunch. It’s also fairly casual looking, so it’s not going to look out of place in the city or at the pub with friends.
Materials And Design
The Toray softshell material here is wafer thin; just one layer of polyamide softshell fabric woven with a stretchy PU. As you can see, there’s a full length, one-way zip that leads up to a chin guard and modest collar. At the bottom of the jacket, the hem is toggled so you can cinch it in. There’s a little DWR coating to add a bit of water resistance – enough to see off a short spell of light rain anyway. Unfortunately, this DWR isn’t free from any PFCs.
This women’s version has a close-fitting cut with a fairly short hem that means it’ll come up a bit high when you’re wearing this while cycling unfortunately. The fabric provides a level of breathability that would suit the high tempo demands of climbing, however, due to the pocket placement and the short cut on the hem, we wouldn’t say it is particularly harness friendly.