OMM Aether (2014)

The OMM Aether is made from 3-layer eVent fabric so you get the benefits of a 3-layer fabric – maximum condensation management – along with the top-end breathability and water resistance that this fabric is well known for. The Aether is available as a smock or the jacket design featured here. The style is slightly looser around the body than some other jackets in this test, but this is barely noticeable once a rucksack is being worn as the straps tend to prevent billowing. The front water-resistant zip has an internal flap, which is smaller than others, to prevent draughts and leaks through the zip. There are just two pockets, both on the chest and easily accessible above rucksack straps while being large enough to accommodate maps. These pockets aren’t mesh-lined so they won’t allow water to pass through the jacket. The sleeves are well-designed to allow easy movement without riding up while the Velcro tab cuff adjustment is simple and effective. The hood is particularly good with a stiffened, wired peak and a fit that allows it to easily move with the head and maintain great vision. You don’t get the pit zips and third pocket of other jackets, but for most hillwalkers the OMM Aether offers all you need from a lightweight jacket.

Specifications:

Fabric 3-layer Event

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 2

Stowable hood? no

Side/pit zips? no

Weight 238g (men’s size L)

Website www.theomm.com

Verdict

The OMM Aether offers a great fabric and feature combo for hillwalking if minimal weight and practicality are your priorities, but its price is less appealing.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine July 2014

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