Sprayway Apollo/Isis 2009

The Sprayway Apollo/Isis is a good, solid jacket that is really built to take the knocks on the fells. The fabric is a very robust version of Gore-Tex Performance Shell, which offers extremely high levels of waterproofness and is also very breathable. The jacket has a main front zip with a double stormflap to make it more watertight than more exposed zips. There are two massive chest pockets can be accessed when wearing rucksack, plus a third dedicated map pocket behind the main zip stormflaps. To aid ventilation the pockets are mesh-lined to allow airflow, plus you get pit zips for extra venting. The hood has a wired peak and it can also be rolled down to the collar and secured when not needed. The fit of the hood is superb, and it moves well with the head without obscuring vision. All that for £180 is certainly good value. But the Sprayway Apollo/Isis is a relatively heavy jacket by modern standards so it is worth thinking if you really need that level of robustness from the material that is adding to the weight. The large, chest-mounted mesh pockets will not keep water out as easily as sealed pockets. If you have the cash the Gore-Tex Pro Shell jackets are going to be more breathable.

 

Outer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s);  8-18 (women’s)
Weight 756g (size M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided

Verdict: The Sprayway Apollo/Isis boasts a very practical design with durable fabric, making this general-purpose jacket ideal for hard hill use.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009