Kathmandu Breccia (2012)

The Kathmandu Breccia is a very performance-orientated jacket with features that make it more suitable for mountain walking than many general-purpose jackets. It’s made from NGX fabric, and this features C-Change technology, which basically means the polymer structure opens when the user warms up, to increase breathability. You also get extra venting from the mesh-lined pockets. The body is long enough to protect the bum and groin reasonably well, which is more than most jackets offer. There are two chest pockets, which are large enough for maps and they are easily accessed while wearing a rucksack with hipbelts. The additional chest pocket is a little too small for maps or guidebooks but you can stash a GPS receiver or compass in here. Sleeve fit and movement are very good, making this more suitable than most for scrambling. The hood is superb with a great wired peak, fit and movement to ensure it provides that all-important protection a walker needs when heading for the summit through foul conditions. My only niggle is that those mesh-lined pockets
won’t keep rain out as well as sealed pockets, but if you can live with them the Kathmandu Breccia is a superb option for hillwalking.

Weight 453g (L)
Fabric 3-layer NGX
Lining none
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes 8-16
External pockets 3
Can hood be rolled down? Yes
Side/pit vents no
Website www.kathmandu.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Kathmandu Breccia is a well-priced jacket with good features for hill and mountain use including scrambling, but as the pockets are mesh-lined it is not the best for keeping rain at bay.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012