Sprayway Hydrolite 2008

The Sprayway Hydrolite multi-activity jacket makes use of a two-way stretch fabric that allows plenty of movement for bending over handlebars, stretching for holds and generally being active. Best of all though the hood is removable so you can ditch it when biking for example. The pockets are mesh-lined, which adds extra ventilation to control condensation, while the pockets themselves are placed high on the chest for easy access and they are large enough for maps. The front zip gets a double stormflap to keep the very worst of the weather out. The hood fits well, moves well and has a good peak. Use this for biking, climbing or heading to an outdoor centre for a week of activity and it could be ideal. But at 550g (size L) the Sprayway Hydrolite is getting heavy for activities like running or biking. For a bigger outlay of cash you can get higher levels of fabric waterproofness and breathability of course. There is no reflective material, which is a drawback for the bikers that this jacket is otherwise well suited to.

Outer Gainmoretex
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 550g (L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
Verdict
The Sprayway Hydrolite’s weight is a drawback, but for the price this is an excellent option for multi-activity use by bike, on foot or even for climbing.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008