Rohan Mountain Guide (2013)

Rohan’s optimistically titled Mountain Guide jacket is the same length in the body as the Berghaus Hurricane and jointly these are the longest jackets we looked at. That length makes the Mountain Guide ideal for travel and general walking as it provides more weather protection than shorter jackets. The pockets are a little annoying though as they are placed at hip level and extend to the hem, so they are not easily accessed above or below a rucksack with a hipbelt and yet the length of this jacket would allow them to be accessed below a rucksack belt if they were positioned lower. There are two Napoleon pockets on the chest tucked away behind the stormflap that protects the main zip, and these two pockets are ideal for maps or a GPS receiver. The hood is pretty good too, thanks to a large wired peak and a good fit that allows easy movement with the head when looking around. The hood can also be rolled into a zipped pocket in the collar. The sleeve movement is not ideal, though, as there is some movement in the cuffs and hem when reaching up. Also at 820g (size L) this is pretty heavy when compared to others and so while this is called a Mountain Guide jacket it has a more general-purpose travel design than its moniker might suggest.

Weight 820g (size men’s L)

Fabric 2-layer Barricade

Lining polyester mesh

Men’s sizes S-XL

Women’s sizes S-XL

External pockets 4

Can hood be rolled down? yes

Side/pit vents no

Website www.rohan.co.uk

Verdict

The Rohan Mountain Guide is a long jacket with a good hood, but the weight and main pockets are not ideal for hillwalkers, making this best for low-level walking rather than mountain walking.

Review by Graham Thompson

Just missed out on being in Trail magazine November 2013

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