OMM Cypher (2012)

Smocks tend to sacrifice features in favour of lightweight simplicity and durability, and the OMM Cypher is a prime example of the style. You have just one rather small front pocket, though it does come with an impressively water-resistant zip. The main neck to mid-chest zip is equally protective and opens from both directions, allowing a form of venting that partly makes up for the lack of pit zips. The single-sided hem adjuster reveals a lot of material to tuck away, but doing so isn’t too much of a chore. It’s longer than most of the jackets on test too, which offers greater protection from the rain. The thumb loops on the arms are convenient for hand warmth, especially given the dearth of pockets. The hood peak is generous and rigid, as is the comprehensive rear adjuster, adding up to one of the most protective and comfortable on test. Weight is a feathery 240g, which is extremely impressive, although the moderate noise made by the material is less attractive. Moisture build-up is minimal thanks in part to the light and airy fit, which, along with the relatively seamless design that smocks offer, makes the OMM Cypher an excellently protective jacket. It’s only available in a ‘unisex’ fitting, so women may want to try for comfort before they buy.

Weight 240g (size M)
Fabric 3-layer eVent
Men’s sizes XS-XL
Women’s sizes n/a
Website www.theomm.com

 

Verdict
The OMM Cypher is lightweight, protective and with an extremely well-designed hood. The trade-off is limited features and less casual comfort.

Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine June 2012