The Mountain Hardwear Cohesion lightweight jacket is made from Conduit-coated fabric, which gives excellent performance for the price while helping keep the weight a snip below 400g. There is a good length in the body, and a slight scooped back for added protection. But you also get a close fit without any restriction on the freedom of movement, which is excellent. The main zip gets an external stormflap to help keep driving rain out. Pockets include two large chest pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack plus a third small chest pocket. The main pockets are mesh-lined, which increases venting options while keeping weight down. Also there are pit zips for more venting. The hood is very good too, with a nice close fit, good movement and a large peak. All that adds up to a very useful piece of kit for travelling light while maintaining useful practical features for the hill. But as the pockets of the Mountain Hardwear Cohesion are mesh they are not totally waterproof. The hood is very good but a wired peak would allow the peak to be reshaped as required, thus making it even better. The fabric does not boast the highest level of waterproofness, but that is to be expected at lower prices. Not a lot wrong here, though, and at the price it’s very hard to beat.
Outer Conduit coated 40D nylon
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 398g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 8
Verdict: For travelling light without breaking the bank, the Mountain Hardwear Cohesion is a superb jacket.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009