Rohan Atlas (2013)

At last, I hear you cry, a jacket that’s long! Yes: the Rohan Atlas is longer than most waterproofs. It is in fact long enough to cover a suit jacket when in town, and long enough to protect your butt and groin when walking in the hills. The other advantage of all that extra length is that you can put your hands in the base pockets as they sit below the area where a rucksack hipbelt sits. There is a chest pocket too that’s ideal for maps, guidebooks or a GPS receiver. The hood has a wired peak and when adjusted this fits the head closely and moves really well with the head. The fabric is Rohan’s own Barricade with a mesh lining, which has breathability and waterproofing performance that’s up there with the best. So what’s the drawback? The sleeves do ride up a little when you reach up to clamber over rocks or a stile, the jacket is a little heavier due to all that extra length, and it is perhaps less ‘mountain fashion’. But for hillwalking, trekking and bagging British peaks it’s great. When walking into the eye of a storm, the Rohan Atlas provides more protection than any shorter jacket.

Weight 790g (size men’s L)
Fabric 2-layer Barricade
Lining mesh
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes S-XL
External pockets 3
Wired hood yes
Side/pit zips no
Website www.rohan.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Rohan Atlas is a long jacket that offers more protection below the waist and benefits from a great hood, but it’s heavier to stash in your rucksack.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013