Regatta Vapourspeed (2015)

Features

The Regatta Vapourspeed’s weight of 301g (size L) and a cost of just £90 are the main attractions. For that weight and price you get a 2.5-layer fabric that cannot boast the performance of pricier jackets. There are two main pockets, without mesh linings, so they won’t leak easily, while the hood gets a wired peak. Not outstanding but excellent at this price. 4/5

Size

It comes in men’s size S-XXXL and women’s 8-20, a wider range than many jackets. Also it is longer than most and just about covered my bum. The cuffs and hem do ride up a bit when the arms are raised, but the hood fits and moves really well with the head and has a wired peak to protect the face. 4/5

Comfort

The Isotex 10,000 fabric feels a bit clammier than others (it lacks the breathability figures of jackets twice its price, and there is no liner to soak up any condensation). But the pockets are sealed, so they keep you dry. It covers more of your body too, so in some ways it is comfier than others. 3/5

In use

The Regatta Vapourspeed’s length is a bonus and the hood is excellent. But the two main pockets are very low so rucksack hipbelts can easily obscure access (although as this jacket is quite long that isn’t always the case). The two main pockets are map-sized, but a chest map pocket would be good. 3/5

Value

The Regatta Vapourspeed was the best jacket we looked at below £100 and while not perfect it competes well with higher-priced options. 5/5

Verdict

If your budget is under £100 then the Regatta Vapourspeed is an excellent lightweight jacket for hillwalking, but if you pay more you do get a better product. 3.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine July 2015

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