26 August 2015
+ This jacket features five useful pockets, a stowaway hood and pit zips to aid the cooling process on a brisk hike. It also has a 3 year Regatta waterproof guarantee.
– Unfortunately we found it to be one of the least waterproof, particularly in windy conditions. The pit zips (even when closed) can leak. I also found the arms a little short. Whilst the hood does pack neatly away, it’s a bit fiddly to take it out and fix it with the Velcro tabs without either getting wet or annoyed. The peak of the hood is not wired and flaps in the wind.
VERDICT: Sadly, the negatives outweigh the positives for the serious hill walker. That said, this jacket has practical features (well-positioned, good-sized pockets and pit zips for ventilation) that some of the more expensive brands are lacking.