Rohan Cloudbase 2008

Rohan is best known as an innovator and maker of travel clothing, and in my view most of its products are better suited to travel than mountains and hill-walking. However, the Rohan Cloudbase is a new general-purpose jacket that pushes the boundaries of the brand and it is actually ideal for general walking on easier terrain as well as travel! Unlike most jackets destined for the outdoors it is long, which means access to the hip pockets is comfortably possible even while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. It has just two hip pockets and a large map pocket on the chest that is accessed from behind the double stormflap. The hood rolls into the collar and benefits from a stiffened peak. Use this for general walking and it will do a good job. But the Rohan Cloudbase jacket lacks mountain style and tough sex appeal (but does that actually matter?!). In practical terms the hood and sleeve movement are not as good as some, and you can get better functionality and breathability, and lighter options, if you pay more.

Outer PU-coated polyester
Inner mesh
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XL (men’s); XS-L (women’s)
Weight 676g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 38Verdict: The Rohan Cloudbase is not cool, but it’s a superb, low-priced, functional jacket for valley walkers, hill-walkers, backpackers and travellers.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008