OMM Kamleika Smock

This multi-activity waterproof is the sister to the Kamleika Jacket and weighs in at only 302g (size L). It makes use of a smock design, minimal features and a unique fabric to keep the weight down and performance up.  The material offers good levels or waterproofness and breathability, but it is the stretch factor that makes this top so useful, as the close fit provided by this is ideal for fast action like biking or running. You get just one internal pocket that will take a map. The hood is a good, simple design that can be rolled and secured at the collar. Reflective piping is provided too. This is ideal when you just want to stay dry while getting somewhere fast, or while biking or climbing. But as there are no external pockets you can’t warm your hands while wearing this. I also found that the hood drawcords did not adjust the hood as smoothly as others. Higher-priced jackets use more waterproof and more breathable fabric too, as you’d expect.

 

Outer: Gelanots stretch
Inner: none
Fabric waterproofness: very waterproof
Fabric breathability: very breathable
Sizes: S-XL
Weight: 302g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: 76

Verdict: Superb for fast and light action such as lightweight hiking, biking, running and adventure racing, but it does has drawbacks. It won ‘Best value’ in our test.