Alf takes a look at a hard shell, all year-round jacket that is definitely worth taking a look at.

PRICE: £200

WEBSITE: Sherpa Lithang Jacket

WHAT THEY SAY: "Lithang is a town in the Kham Region of Eastern Tibet. Located at an altitude of 4,014 m (13,169 ft), it's one of the highest towns in the world, and home to several famous Buddhist figures. The grasslands of Lithang County, in southwestern Tibet, are surrounded by high mountains – and the weather can change in a heartbeat. When it does, you want to be wearing this hard shell jacket. Made of our own Himaltec®, a 3-layer stretch laminate made of 100% polyester with a 100% nylon backing, it will keep you dry and warm when the elements are wet and cold. And there's stretch built right in, so you will feel unrestricted as you hike, climb, and trek through whatever the weather brings you."

WHAT ALF SAYS: If you’re looking for a hard shell for year-round use, and at a good price, the Lithang is worth considering. It’s made from a lightweight, waterproof, breathable, stretchy fabric and is good looking, and if you like lots of volume in the pockets of your jacket, you’ll love it.

That’s because it has two enormous zipped hand warmer pockets, two reasonably-sized, zipped chest pockets, two big inner mesh goggle pockets and a small zipped inner security pockets. You could pretty much do away with a daypack when you’re wearing the Lithang and carry everything in your pockets!

The helmet-compatible hood is also enormous – too much so for me, as I had trouble adjusting it to fit when I wasn’t wearing a helmet. Another slight downside of the Lithang is that it doesn’t have a powder skirt.

But you do get generously-sized pit zips, Velcro adjustable cuffs and pull-cord adjustable hem, and I liked the high, microfleece lined collar which will keep you snug in blizzard conditions. The Lithang is a jacket I’d be as happy to hike in as ski in, hence the comment about it being a good year-round jacket – check it out…

FOR: Loads of pocket space; good looks

AGAINST: Hood somewhat on the huge side; no powder skirt

Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.