Softshell Jackets

Alpkit Arro Wind Shell | Review

Functional and reasonably lightweight windproof jacket that packs down to the size of an orange and at a bargain price too.

‘No-nonsense, Ninja-black, windproof jacket that manages the neat trick of being great value without feeling cheap or under-specced’

Outdoors Magic: Light, packable, adjustable and 100% windproof with a robust feel, reflective trim and a stuff-pocket.

Outdoors Tragic: Not as super lightweight, breathable or fitted as some swankier alternatives.

Outdoors Grabbit? Superb value for a decently light, impressively packable windproof that also shrugs off showers. Not the most breathable out there, but it does the job just fine and stuffs into its own pocket for orange-sized stowage.

Full Specification

Lightweight windproof jacket / 100% Nylon with DWR finish / full-length front-zip with reflective strip and storm-flap / collar / adjustable hem drawcord / Lycra-bound cuff.

Full Review Below

A drop-tail rear adds a little welcome additional backside protection when running or on a bike without restricting movement up front. Pocket doubles as a stuff-sac -

Arro Jacket – The Tech

There’s nothing particularly radical going on with the Arro – in essence it’s a no-nonsense windproof jacket made from a 100% Nylon fabric with a rain-shedding DWR. It’s not the lightest fabric out there, but it’s light enough and feels reassuring sturdy too.

Otherwise you get a YKK front-zip with a reflective strip for night-time viability, a small hip-level pocket that doubles as a stuff-bag with clip loop and an adjustable drop-hem. There’s no hood, but you do get a double-thickness collar for a bit of comfort and protection.

Simple hem draw-cord means you can cinch the lower opening down to keep out mud, draughts and inquisitive badgers -

Arro Jacket – Performance

Don’t mistake the bargain £25 price-tag for cheap and cheerful. Alpkit keeps its overheads down by selling direct rather than through retailers, so as a rule, you get more for your money than you might expect.

We found the Arro an effective and reasonably light windproof shell for running and cycling with a more robust feel than ultra-lightweight alternatives. The cut is slim-ish, though not as fitted as some, and it may get flappy if you’re race whippet built, but for ‘normal’ outdoors folk, it’s a happy sort of medium.

We did find it slightly sweatier than some, notably the (far more expensive) Arc’teryx Incendo Hoody with its under-arm mesh panels, but you can let off steam via the main-zip and by rolling the sleeves part-way up your forearms if you do get too hot.

And if things get really warm, just stash it in its pocket to give an orange-sized package with clip-loop. That packet’s a bit rattly for keys or phone, we found, but fine for a bar and an emergency fiver.

As with most windproofs, the Arro also gives a degree of water resistance helped by the DWR – water repellent – treatment. It won’t keep you dry in anything other than light rain, but the increased breathability over a waterproof means it generally feels more comfortable regardless.


Don’t get too hung up on the affordable price-tag, the Arro’s good enough to merit consideration full stop. It’s reasonably light and packable, the Nylon fabric feels durable and it has a good balance of comfort and protection from wind and rain.

Just a good, no-nonsense, fast-moving windproof and, yes, at a great price. It’s also available in a women’s-specific version, same colours and features, female-friendly cut.

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