Target Dry Element/Echo (2015)

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Features

A past winner of Trail magazine tests and £5 down in price from 2014, the Target Dry Element (Echo for women) packs some great features for the price. Two Napoleon chest pockets allow easy access to maps and guidebooks, and the length means two lower pockets should have okay access in use. Pit zips allow ventilation, and the hood has a wired peak. 5/5

Fit

The Element for men comes in sizes XS-XL and the Echo for women in sizes 8-18. The body is longer than most jackets so it covers my bottom well. Hem and cuff movement occurs when you raise your arms, which is not ideal for scrambling. But the hood does fit well and moves very easily with the head, even without the main zip adjusted to the top. 4/5

Comfort

The fabric is a Teflon-coated Oxford nylon, which cannot boast the waterproofness and breathability of higher-priced materials, but at this price it is similar to others. The mesh lining and pit zips improve comfort while the Oxford nylon provides a good, durable and stiff outer to fend off wind, making this better than some lighter jackets for windy summits. 4/5

In use

The weight of the Target Dry Element/Echo is a drawback straight away as 786g (size L) is heavy in a rucksack. But when worn the length, the hood and those two OS map-sized chest pockets are a real bonus. Due to the extra body length the two lower pockets can be accessed below the hipbelts of some rucksacks. When hillwalking this works well. 4/5

Value

The price is exceptional for the features and length of jacket on offer, and it was the best choice under £170. 5/5

Verdict

The performance of the Target Dry Element/Echo far outweighs the price; but spending more brings better fabric performance and lighter weight. It wins Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2015

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