Sprayway Reactor (2014)

The Sprayway Reactor has a nylon shell and Inso/therm insulation, and comes with a fixed hood and two large chest pockets. The pockets are big enough for OS maps and can be accessed while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. The hood gets a volume adjuster and face drawcords, but it doesn’t turn with the head as easily as would be ideal. The sleeves are a close fit while the body is a fairly standard fit, and this allows the jacket to be worn over other layers or under a waterproof jacket. The styling isn’t overly mountain-orientated, which arguably makes it more appealing for using off the hill. It’s a little heavier than higher-priced synthetic jackets, but it still keeps you warm enough in milder conditions and works well when worn all day in cold weather or stored in a rucksack just for summit brews. A high-priced down jacket will be warmer, while higher-priced synthetic jackets have performance benefits; but if £80 is your budget you won’t be left out in the cold with a Sprayway Reactor in your pack.

Outer nylon
Insulation Inso/therm (polyester)
Weight 543g (size L)
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes 8-18 (Firebird)
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Verdict

The Sprayway Reactor was the best budget synthetic jacket in our test.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2014