Sprayway Torridon / Monsoon 2008

The Sprayway Torridon / Monsoon has been a classic winter jacket for many years. The best feature is probably the length, for this is longer than most jackets. It is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell, with a mesh lining, so it has great waterproofness and breathability. It’s much more of a traditional design than others here, with double stormflaps over all zips to keep rain out. There is good movement in the sleeves too for scrambling, and those four chest pockets provide ample protection for the hands and storage for small items like guidebooks, maps and GPS units. The hood is a removable, rollaway design with a wired peak and wraparound chinguards that can be tucked away when not in use to prevent flapping. A superb price, and it just pips the Keela Munro for best value. But the Sprayway Torridon / Monsoon is very heavy by modern standards, so you need to consider if you need all the extras or would prefer something lighter and more compact. The hood does not fit quite as closely or move with the head quite as well as some others. The hood’s chinguards, which can be tucked into little pockets, don’t stay there long (they need Velcro to keep them there ideally).

Outer: 2-layer Gore-Tex Performance
Inner: mesh lining
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: very breathable
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s Torridon);
8-18 (women’s Monsoon)
Weight: 896g (men’s L)
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: no info provided

Verdict: The Sprayway Torridon / Monsoon is longer than most winter jackets with great pockets and lots of comfort, but the hood and weight are drawbacks for more adventurous hill-walkers. It won the ‘Best Value’ award in this review.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008