Rohan Pinnacle III (2013)

Rohan uses its own 3-layer Barricade fabric in the Pinnacle, which offers excellent waterproofness and breathability. The Pinnacle is 20 per cent lighter than in previous years but still weighs in at 599g (size L) so it is not among the lightest options. But this is one of the longer jackets we looked at by quite a margin, as it easily covered my bum and groin, meaning that it offers far more protection than some others. There is no waist drawcord, though, so it does billow a lot until a rucksack belt is put on. The front zip is one of the chunkier designs, and like most jackets these days it does not have an external stormflap, but instead an internal one to syphon away any leaks. The two main pockets are large and placed high enough to avoid rucksack straps, but you don’t get a third chest pocket, which is rather disappointing at this price. The pair of side vents provide additional cooling if required and are placed low on the sides rather than under the arms, so they can be accessed more easily while wearing rucksack shoulder straps. The Rohan Pinnacle III’s hood is very good thanks to a wired peak plus great use of drawcords to allow decent fit and movement.

Weight 599g (size men’s L)

Fabric 3-layer Barricade

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XL

Women’s sizes S-L

External pockets 2

Can hood be rolled down? yes

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.rohan.co.uk

Verdict

The main problem with the Rohan Pinnacle III is the billowing midriff area, which results in it being not quite right for use without a rucksack; but apart from that it is a good jacket if you don’t need a third chest pocket.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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