23 November 2017
+ It may only come in two muted colours (black and green), but this is a good looking jacket, and we particularly like the retro appeal of the recently reintroduced orange arête Sprayway logo. We suspect it will appeal to many British hillwalkers, and rightly so. It’s a solid and well thought-out design, with a good hood and a useful pocket configuration, incorporating five (yes, five) pockets – two hand pockets, two zipped Napoleon-style chest pockets (one big enough to take a map, and one smaller to accommodate a phone or GPS), plus an internal pocket. Waterproofing and breathability is certainly adequate for British hillwalking, making this a very capable all-rounder.
- We’d describe the cut as a regular fit, which some might find a little boxy, though it’s hardly baggy. The two-layer construction uses Sprayway’s own Hydro/Dry membrane, which is as good as most other own-brand technologies, though not quite up there with the best Gore-Tex, eVent or Polartec Neoshell membranes. The mesh/taffeta drop liner inside the jacket is very comfortable, but such a construction does tend make it a little warm when working hard on the hill.
VERDICT: A solid, good-looking outdoor jacket with a useful pocket configuration, a good hood and a roomier cut that suits bigger builds.