Rohan Elite (2013)

The Barricade Elite fabric used in the Elite is unique to Rohan and offers superb performance in lab tests as well as on the hill. The jacket weighs just 343g (size L) but still boasts a good set of functional hill-going features. So you get the typically short body of a lightweight jacket with a front zip that lacks an external stormflap, but there is a flap inside to allow any water that enters the zip to drain away. Then you get two very large chest pockets that aren’t mesh-lined, so they are better than other jackets at keeping the wearer dry. In addition there’s a large internal mesh pocket, which is a lot of pocketing for such a lightweight jacket, and these features underline how light the main fabric is to achieve all this. The Rohan Elite’s hood has volume adjustment drawcords that extend around the outside of the hood, which is a bit messy, but it works well enough, and there are more conventional face drawcords too. Once adjusted the hood fits and moves well with the head, and thanks to the addition of a wired peak this hood offers great protection in a mix of wet and windy weather. The fabric does feel almost too delicate, but if used for hillwalking it should be fine if you’re careful not to rub against too many jagged rocks!

Fabric Barricade Elite
Lining none
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-L
External pockets 2
Stowable hood yes
Side/pit zips no
Weight 343g (size men’s L)
Website www.rohan.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Rohan Elite has excellent features for a lightweight hillwalking jacket, but the fabric feels less robust than some others, so it needs treating with a little more respect. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2013