So, before I go and buy a montane sabretooth, does anyone have any other recommendations for a softshell?
I've a North Face Apex and agree it's a smart all rounder for commuting but not ideal for hillwalking or when the weather turns for the worst, my Rab VR lite pertex which I use more than the North Face more arduous inclement weather tasks.Softshells, excellent to wear to the pub. Good on the hills for a not-particularly demanding walk in a shower/cold/windy conditions.
They are the iPad of functionality - too warm for a warm day, to cold for a cold day, only for when you are able to be "just right" (iPad being for when a laptop is too big, a phone being too small, such as sat on a sofa and wanting to google stuff on the tv etc.
That said, The North Face Apex series is smart, well cut and some great deals are found on the web