XTR Core Soft Shell – Redesigned 2012

March 20, 2012

The Core is designed to be used 90% of the time. From charging up ridges, glassing slips to lounging round the hut. This garment is extremely universal and will soon become your favourite hunting top.

The Hunters Element Core soft shell is our flagship windblock garment. This piece of clothing is designed to be worn everywhere, the fabric consists of a high loft fleece interior for insulation, a waterproof / breathable membrane and a close knit soft shell outer layer which sheds water with ease.  Clever seam placement minimizes water entry, combine this with huge underarm zips to expel heat and you have one of the most versatile all round hunting garments on the market.

The Core Soft Shell is the ‘every situation’ top. This is because it’s suitable for all tasks and very comfortable to boot. Stealth Soft Shell outer, cuts wind and light showers, whilst providing exceptional warmth to size ratio. 30% Warmer than conventional wind block fleece without the water retention. Two way stretch fabric allows optimum movement. The XTR outer layer is soft and very quiet while hunting. Although the outer layer is a waterproof material, the seams are not sealed on this top so it is not fully waterproof. By not sealing the seams we are able to make the top much softer, more comfortable and packable.

The inner layer is a very soft and extremely warm, high loft fleece. This Hydrafuse Storm Cut™ high loft fabric will trap heat much like a sleeping bag, making the Core Soft Shell one of our best performers in the cold winter hunts, spent up high. One of the true beauties of this garment however is its ability to dump heat quickly. As with the other jackets in the XTR series, two large Pit Zips are placed under the arms to allow quick and easy heat management. These Pit Zips combined with the new full length front zipper, mean as soon as things become a little too warm on the climb up the hill, all the trapped heat can be dropped and the cold air can access and circulate around all the hot parts of your upper body. As well as this, the material itself is as mentioned above, made from the XTR membrane which means even though it is waterproof, it is still a breathable material, so even though you’re warm, the Core Soft Shell will be breathing out the sweat, keeping you dry.

Two zippered, hand warmer pockets are included to keep your hands warm while the kettles boiling and your ammo and rangefinder secure while on the move. Another larger pocket is located on the chest to keep your bino’s close to hand between glassing and a waist cord is built in at the bottom to help trap in the heat when things become really chilly.

We have tested this top extensively throughout the year and throughout the country. Extreme warmth, rapid cooling and super comfort mean this will very quickly become one of your favourite bits of kit and one of the first things you throw in your pack.

For more information on layering:

Barrier layers

Furnace layers

Prime layers

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