Target Dry Pioneer/Odyssey (2012)

The Pioneer/Odyssey forms part of Target Dry’s Xtreme range, and it is designed as a 4-season garment. It’s made from a very robust nylon fabric that feels quite capable of withstanding years of abuse in the mountains, and there is a mesh lining to increase comfort too. The drawback of this combination is that this is the heaviest jacket on test. There is a double stormflap over the main zip to keep rain out, and you get pit zips to help vent the jacket. The two main pockets are not fully sealed, but they are not open mesh either, so they will keep some water out. What is annoying is that the pockets are map-sized and placed reasonably well to allow access while wearing a rucksack, but the pocket bag extends down to the hem. As the pocket lining is loose this makes it a struggle trying to retrieve items compared to better-designed and more user-friendly pockets. The hood fits quite well and has reasonable movement but the face drawcords are left to fly in the wind, which is not ideal in a jacket designed for 4-season use.

Weight 815g (men’s L)

Fabric 2-layer Teflon-coated Oxford nylon

Lining polyester mesh

Men’s sizes XS-XXL (Pioneer)

Women’s sizes 8-18 (Odyssey)

External pockets 2

Wired hood no

Side/pit zips yes

Website www.targetdry.com

 

Verdict

The Target Dry Pioneer/Odyssey has reasonable features and performance for hillwalking with the benefit of a more durable material, but the weight and details in the design let it down for regular hill use.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012