Target Dry Element / Odyssey (2014)

Features

Finding a long jacket isn’t easy, but the Target Dry Element is longer than most, which means you can access the hem pockets below a rucksack waist- or hipbelt. You also get two chest pockets that take an OS map and are great for a compass or GPS receiver. Pit zips are provided for venting and the hood has a wired peak. All that is ideal for hillwalking. 5/5

Fit

The men’s Element comes in XS to XXL, the women’s Odyssey 8-18. The jacket easily covered my bum without being restrictive when scrambling. The sleeves rode up a little too easily, though, which is annoying. The hood fitted well and also moved well with my head. For hillwalking this jacket is fine, but you’ll want a better fit for scrambling. 3/5

Comfort

At 776g (size L) this feels heavy in a rucksack, and a little stiff and heavy when worn too. But it uses a heavy-duty Oxford nylon fabric, so it should withstand a lot of hard use. The fabric is waterproof and breathable but higher-priced options will have better performance in these areas, although the mesh lining does ensure good comfort. So, reasonable for general walking. 3/5

In use

For walkers the Target Dry Element performs really well, thanks to its long body and good pockets. The wired hood gives great protection and the pit zips prevent overheating. But its weight is a drawback. For more cash you’ll get better performance in terms of fabric breathability and arm movement. 4/5

Value

For the price this jacket is exceptionally good value for general hillwalking. 5/5

Verdict

The Target Dry Element is good for walking but heavy, and the arms ride up.

4.0/5

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Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2014

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