Why We Chose The Scott Explorair Light WB: Excellent value, multi-functional
Some items of outdoor kit are niche. Designed for one specific use and one only, they are specialists – experts in their field – but they regularly stay at the back of your gear shed, unused. Often your planned activities, or the weather conditions, make them redundant for many of your adventures. As a result, said items are rather inefficient, if not a waste of money. They burn a hole in your pocket, yet remain under-used. That’s why it’s much more satisfying when you find an item of kit that’s versatile; a jack of all trades that’s useful for any and all activities, terrain and weather conditions. The Scott Explorair Light WB fits into that category
Who Is The Scott Explorair Light WB For?
This is a softshell jacket for anyone and everyone. It has a mass appeal and is suitable for all who enjoy spending time outdoors. Scott describe it as a go-to windbreaker for “multi outdoor activities”, including “winter trail running, as well as summer hikes or road biking expeditions”, and claim it has enough lifestyle versatility to look good and perform adequately “from the city to the mountain”. Or, to put it another way, it’s billed as a jacket for all activities, in all seasons.
Wind Protection & Waterproofing
This jacket is a windbreaker, not a waterproof. A PFC-free, water repellency treatment (Scott’s in-house treatment known as DRYOzone DWR) ensures the jacket offers some water shedding and protection against light showers, but this isn’t a hard shell designed to keep you dry in torrential downpours. Instead it’s a jacket for windy days that might see a little drizzle or the odd shower.
The long-lasting wind protection comes from the use of Scott’s proprietary DURObreeze fabrics, which act as a barrier against the wind by resisting wind penetration and helping prevent heat loss during breezy conditions.