Rohan Hilltop 2009

Unlike most waterproof jackets, the Rohan Hilltop is very long in the body, so it offers far more protection to the thighs in wet and windy weather. This means you don’t have to get the overtrousers out so often either as you are unlikely to get soaked to your underwear – unlike when wearing some short waterproofs. The material is Rohan’s own Barricade waterproof and breathable fabric, and there is a comfortable mesh lining. That extra length also plays an important role in allowing easy access to the cavernous base pockets while wearing a rucksack hipbelt. There is a dedicated map pocket under the stormflaps that protects the main zip too. The hood is a fixed design that fits well and moves with the head. That all adds up to a very useful jacket for valley walks, travel – and hilltop exploring, as the name suggests. But at 740g (women’s S) the Rohan Hilltop is not the lightest jacket on the hill. Also, the hood peak is a soft, floppy design that could be greatly improved with a wire stiffener so that it can be shaped to shield the eyes rather than obscure vision. That extra length won’t make it a favourite for scrambling or looking cool and trendy … but it will keep you dry!

 

Outer Barricade
Inner mesh
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XL (men’s); XS-L (women’s) 
Weight 740g (women’s S)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 34

Verdict: The Rohan Hilltop is one of the few jackets that is long in the body, and for that reason alone it is a good option for hill-walking.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009