Regatta Octavia 2008

The Regatta Octavia general-purpose jacket weighs just 546g (size 12); very waterproof and breathable Isotex 10,000 fabric; mesh lining adds comfort; dedicated map pocket; two hip pockets; good fixed hood with peak and tidy drawcords; excellent for the price
But very short; front zip lacks external stormflap; access to pockets easily obscured with rucksack belts; hood movement not as good as the best.Verdict: The Regatta Octavia jacket is a superb price for what you get, but pocket access is not ideal when wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt.

First published in Trail magazine November 2008