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Scott Explorair Light WB Jacket | Review

A well-priced windbreaker suitable for all of your outdoor adventures

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.

Photos: Chris Johnson

Weight and Packed Size

Scott describe the Explorair Light WB as “ultra lightweight and easily packable”. That’s perhaps a slight exaggeration. We’ve definitely seen more minimalist and lighter jackets in our time, but at 230g and squashing down nice and compactly, this jacket is still good enough in the weight and packed size department. It stashes into a backpack really easily and it won’t weigh you down.

OM tester Raji using the Explorair in Snowdonia’s Moelwynion range. Photo: Chris Johnson


Everything you’d ideally expect in a windbreaker is present here. You get an adjustable hood, two zippered hand-warmer pockets under flaps, a dropped tail at the back for a bit of extra coverage over the backside, a drawstring-adjustable waist hem, and elasticated wrist cuffs. It is available in sizes extra-small to extra-large in a variety of bold and two-tone colourways.

Tester’s Verdict

Sarah Baynham, South Wales-based outdoor photographer

“At first look, this jacket doesn’t look like it can stand up to much, but I liked how lightweight it was.
The jacket fitted me well and had plenty of length in the sleeves and body. Something that I struggle with in jackets!

“Everything you’d ideally expect in a windbreaker is present here.”

“The elastic on the cuffs made it much more wind resistant and the collar zipped up just above my chin to give that added protection. For such a lightweight jacket it feels pretty cosy with the hood up, and the added peak made me feel confident that I would be well protected in a light rain shower.”

“I have already tested it out in quite a few rain showers and it’s held up well. The water resistance is much better than I expected and I’ve worn it in some heavy but brief rain showers on two occasions and stayed nice and dry underneath.

“The jacket is also very breathable and I haven’t felt the need to take it off if the weather warms up or I’m doing some more intense activities.

“Overall I would highly recommend this jacket for hiking, it’s super lightweight and can be stuffed into the smallest of bags. It’s perfect for those unexpected light showers and excellent for protection from the wind during more intense activities.”

Scott Explorair Light WB Jacket

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