Sprayway Cyclone/Zodiac 2008

The Sprayway Cyclone/Zodiac is a very comfortable general-purpose jacket to wear, thanks to the two-layer fabric combined with a mesh lining. The fabric is the new Performance Shell version of Gore-Tex, so you get good waterproofness and reasonable breathability. The front zip gets a double stormflap to keep the rain out. The two main pockets are mesh-lined to allow airflow and you also get pit zips for even more condensation control. The pockets are massive and there is also a dedicated chest map pocket. The hood is a rollaway design with an excellent peak and movement. The body length is reasonable and the sleeve movement is good too. Lots of positive features here for hill-walkers. But the Sprayway Cyclone/Zodiac’s main pockets are easily obscured while wearing a rucksack, and that is really annoying when hill-walking. The rest of the features almost save this jacket particularly at the price, but others are definitely better, both at higher and lower prices.

Outer 2-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness  extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s Cyclone); 8-18 (women’s Zodiac)
Weight 730g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info providedVerdict: The Sprayway Cyclone/Zodiac is a good general-purpose jacket that’s spoilt by poor pocket access when wearing a rucksack.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008