Karrimor Phantom (2013)

As the Karrimor Phantom is made from a pretty tough version of 3-layer eVent fabric, it weighs in quite heavy at 740g (size L). But you are getting plenty of great features here, so you may feel the extra weight is acceptable. First, it is very long by modern standards, being 8cm longer than some jackets here, meaning it covered my nether regions admirably! There is a good degree of space underneath for extra insulation as this is not a jacket with the close, athletic fit that some provide. The main zip is a chunky design that does not get an external stormflap, but it does have a small internal flap to keep leaks under control. There are pit zips for extra ventilation, although these are shorter than most. The four chest-mounted pockets are all big enough and accessible enough to be really useful on the hill. The hood is helmet-compatible with a wired peak and, once adjusted, it provided good movement and clear vision when I turned my head. However, I had to tighten it more than others, and when less tightly adjusted the fit and movement were not as good. So do try the Karrimor Phantom before you buy. An unusual addition is the rubber patches on the shoulders and hips to improve durability.

Weight 740g (size L)

Fabric 3-layer Event

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 4

Can hood be rolled down? yes

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.sportsdirect.com

Verdict

The Karrimor Phantom is not quite as good as other jackets we looked at in terms of weight and hood design, but that extra body length is a real advantage when walking in the rain.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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