The Rohan Elite uses an exciting fabric called Barricade Laminate, which offers superb performance and yet is extremely lightweight. The Elite also gets a good set of features to make it not only waterproof, breathable and lightweight but functional too. So you get a good length in the body, full-length front zip and those all-important two chest pockets. The pockets easily take an OS map and remain accessible while wearing a rucksack belt. Better still there is a great hood with a wired peak. This sits perfectly on the head with the lightest of adjustment so you are well-protected from the elements. At 318g the Rohan Elite is an excellent lightweight jacket that would be ideal for hill and valley walkers. But the fabric is a little more rustly than some others. It does feel more delicate too, although it depends how careful you are with it as to whether this is really going to be a problem. Like most lightweights the front zip does not get an external stormflap, but at least it does have an internal one. You can get lighter jackets, though, and spend less of course.
Outer 3-layer Barricade laminate
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Weight 318g (M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50
The combination of materials and practical features make the Rohan Elite an ideal lightweight jacket. It won ‘Best in Test’.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010