Regatta Mantle 2008

The Regatta Mantle is a lightweight jacket that weighs just 478g (L); very low price; Isolite waterproof and breathable fabric; one chest pocket; two hip pockets; hood rolls into collar; packs into base pocket; mesh lining. But no pockets are map-sized; hip pocket access is easily obscured by rucksack belts; hood adjustment not as smooth as others; large, floppy hood peak is not ideal; higher-priced fabrics are more waterproof and more breathable.Verdict
The Regatta Mantle is a low-priced, lightweight jacket but it lacks good features for hill-walkers.

First published in Trail magazine November 2008