The Mountain Guide is a new general-purpose jacket from Rohan that promises a great deal in the name. The fabric is Rohan’s own Barricade fabric, which has excellent performance figures for both waterproofness and breathability. The front zip gets a double stormflap on the outside and there is a mesh lining too, so all that adds up to a very comfortably dry design. There are two main external pockets and these can be easily accessed while wearing rucksack belts. There are two more pockets inside the front zip stormflap, which are ideal for maps and guidebooks. The hood can be rolled into the collar, and its wired peak and ease of adjustment result in a good fit and good movement. The sleeves also move well and don’t cause the hem to rise as you clamber over a stile for example. The price is excellent for the features too. But at 854g (M) the Rohan Mountain Guide is very heavy, and so it is not something I would ideally choose to use on the mountains, despite the name. The body is relatively short too (although there are plenty of other jackets with the same problem). You can get a slightly better hood on some jackets perhaps. A jacket without a mesh lining would be lighter and less bulky, and more mountain guide-friendly.
Outer 2-layer Barricade
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 854g (men’s M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50
The Rohan Mountain Guide is a good jacket for general walking, but others are better (certainly for mountain guides) in terms of weight.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010