Sherpa Lakpa Rita (2015)

Features

The Sherpa Lakpa Rita is made from a thinner version of the 3-layer eVent fabric used in other jackets, which helps to keep the weight down to a respectable 419g (men’s L). You still get two main pockets plus two small pockets on the chest. There is also a wired peak on the hood. Some others have pit zips and even bigger pockets, but this does have the key essentials for hillwalkers – plus that weight bonus. 5/5

Fit

Sizes are S-XXL for men and XS-XL for women. On me the jacket’s length was typical of many with a generally relaxed fit. Sleeve movement was good, with only a tiny amount of rise in the hem or cuff. But even when adjusted the hood still seemed a little too big and my vision was slightly obscured by its huge wired peak. 4/5

Comfort

The Sherpa Lakpa Rita is a lighter jacket than many with a softer feel to the fabric, which makes it feel more comfortable, although really strong winds will squeeze away any trapped warm air inside the jacket more easily than with stiffer options. But overall this is a very comfortable option for general hillwalking. 5/5

In use

The two main pockets are placed above rucksack belt for easy access and then you also get two additional Napoleon chest pockets, which are annoyingly small, so they won’t take a map, but they are good for phones or GPS receivers. The hood is the main problem here though as its fit is not close enough and the wired peak blocks vision a little too easily. I love the weight of this jacket, though. 4/5

Value

The Sherpa Lakpa Rita’s price is good, but you are not getting such good features as in higher-priced jackets. 4/5

Verdict

The weight and the fabric are great but the pockets and hood are not the best. At this price, however, the Lakpa Rita is still a good option. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award. 4.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2015

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