Regatta Cross Pennine II Hybrid Jacket Review 2016

Features

The Regatta Cross Pennine II Hybrid uses Isotex 5000 fabric with stretch areas on the hood, shoulders and lower sleeves to improve fit and movement. There is a loose lining to improve comfort. You get two main pockets plus two Napoleon chest pockets higher on the chest. The hood has rear volume adjustment, face drawcords and a wired peak. There are pit zips too, and a very large, soft panel around the chin for more comfort. 4/5

Fit

The men’s sizes are S-XXXL and women’s are 8-20 – which is a wider range than most jackets can offer. The body is longer than most, and it fully covered my bum – unlike any other jacket we looked at. The hood fit is superb and moves effortlessly with the head. The sleeves do ride up a little when raising my arms, but that is the only niggle here. 4/5

Comfort

With its longer body the Regatta Cross Pennine II Hybrid is comfier than many in bad weather as it offers more protection. Also that loose liner adds to the comfort and the excellent hood improves it further as it makes walking in the rain a real pleasure! The material is not as breathable as higher-priced jackets, but you get pit zips for ventilation and the loose liner prevents it becoming clammy. 4/5

In use

If you’re heading to the hills the Regatta Cross Pennine II Hybrid feels great in many ways, with the hood being the highlight. But none of the pockets is big enough for an OS map, and access to the lower pockets is not ideal if wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. The pair of Napoleon chest pockets are handy for smaller items but they would be so much more useful if a little larger. But if you can live without perfect pockets this is a good choice for the hill. 3/5

Value

The price is good when you consider how many features you get; it is just a pity the pockets are not better designed. RRP £100. 5/5

Verdict

If you don’t need access to large map-sized pockets the Regatta Cross Pennine II Hybrid is great for hillwalking, and well-priced. 4.0/5