Target Dry Element/Odyssey (2014)

It’s so hard to find a jacket that has a decent length on the body, so when you finally discover one it really is an uplifting experience. The Target Dry Element (women’s version is the Odyssey) jacket is long enough to nicely protect my groin from getting wet in the rain when I’m not wearing overtrousers, which is really useful. The jacket is made from a coated fabric that doesn’t offer the lab test results for breathability and waterproofness that high-priced jackets can, but it keeps you perfectly dry in heavy rain; and the mesh lining means condensation is well-managed. The Oxford nylon outer fabric also feels durable, making this great for rubbing shoulders with rock or rucksacks. There are also pit zips in case you overheat, while the two hip pockets are zipped and can be accessed beneath a rucksack hipbelt, thanks to the longer body length. The two Napoleon chest pockets swallow OS maps with space to spare too. I was also really pleased to find a great hood with a wired peak on this jacket. If I’m being picky then tiny details are better on some pricier jackets, such as a bit more movement in the hood, very slightly better movement in the sleeves so the cuffs don’t ride up, and higher-spec fabric that leads to lower overall weight. But I am being picky. For the price the Target Dry Element/Odyssey is stunning.

Weight 776g (size L)
Fabric Oxford nylon with Teflon coating
Lining polyester mesh
Men’s sizes XS-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-18 (Odyssey, £90)
External pockets 4
Can hood be rolled down? no
Side/pit zips? yes
Website www.targetdry.com

 

Verdict

The Target Dry Element/Odyssey is an outstanding jacket with a long body and well-designed features: ideal for general hillwalking. If this fits into your budget, buy it. Remarkably, it won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ AND ‘Best in Test’ accolades!

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2014