Our Review - Inov-8 AT/C Stormshell FZ Waterproof Jacket:
The Inov-8 AT/C Stormshell has been completely redesigned this year utilising a fantastic new stretch fabric and incorporating a full-length zip opposed to the previous half zip version. The original Stormshell was hugely popular and in our opinion the new version is significantly better all round.
Starting with the fabric, the new AT/C Stormshell is made from super soft, fully waterproof and highly breathable Pertex Shield. This is a 2.5 layer, 20,000 Hydrostatic Head and 20,000 B-1 Breathability ensuring you stay dry from both the outside and in. The material is also soft and quiet meaning this waterproof is a pleasure to wear as it moves with the body rather than restricting your movement.
As well as the fully waterproof material the AT/C Stormshell also boosts fully taped seams, and the full length YKK Aquaguard zip has an internal stormflap to maximise the waterproof protection.
Inov-8 have always designed jackets with exceptional hoods and the new Stormshell is no exception. The hood is fully adjustable via the rear volume adjuster and the wired peak allows you to shape the face as you wish to keep the weather out. When not in use the hood can be rolled away and secured via a hook and loop.
Further features include long arms with a lycra thumb loops to keep your hands warm and the sleeves in place, a press-stud fastening towards the top of the zip to allow airflow into the jacket while reducing flapping. A small chest pocket can be used to carry essentials and also doubles as a stuff sack to minimise the jacket volume when carrying.
In summary we are really impressed with the big updates to the Inov-8 AT/C Stormshell. If you are looking for a really lightweight (the jacket weighs only 175g!) that not only meets race safety requirements but is also an exceptional jacket to use all year round then we really suggest you take a look at this.
Specifications - Inov-8 AT/C Stormshell FZ Waterproof Jacket:
- Lightweight & Waterproof
- 20,000 HH and taped seams
- Packs away small into own pocket
- Weight - 175g / 6.2oz
- Material - 100% Polyamide with PU membrane