Quechua Boinnassay 600 (2103)

The Quechua Boinnassay 600 is a reasonably lightweight jacket at just 516g (size men’s L). It is shorter than others in the body and has a closer fit than more general-purpose jackets, but this all makes it ideal for hillwalkers who want to travel fast and light. You get two massive chest pockets, which can be accessed easily while wearing a rucksack. These pockets have mesh linings, which is great for improving airflow but not so good for keeping the rain out, so this jacket is probably best suited to warm summer conditions rather than wet winter ones. You also get pit zips to improve ventilation. The sleeves are quite a close fit, but they still allow excellent freedom of movement, and are ideal for scrambling and climbing. Like many lightweight jackets there isn’t an external stormflap over the main zip, so again it’s not the best option for walking headlong into the eye of a rainstorm. The hood is a good close fit and moves well with the head, although the unwired peak is less stiff than some of the others so it could get bent if stuffed into a rucksack. The Quechua Boinnassay 600 is made from NovaDry, a 3-layer laminate with a membrane that offers good breathability figures, although it is not rated as being as waterproof as higher-priced jackets, so it may not keep the rain out for quite so long.

Weight 516g (size L)

Fabric 3-layer NovaDry

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXXL

Women’s sizes XS-XXL

External pockets 2

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.decathlon.co.uk

Verdict

Lightweight and relatively low-priced with large pockets and a good hood. Shorter style and mesh pockets make the Quechua Boinnassay 600 more suited to wet summers than wet winters. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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