Sprayway Belay

This duvet jacket weighs 726g; Primaloft insulation; removable hood has dedicated storage pocket; large chest pockets; stuffsack; collar drawcord; elasticated cuffs; hood fit is excellent; superb price. But not much insulation in hood; wired peak easily flips up in breeze; sleeve movement is better on some others; only warm enough for mild winters.

Verdict: Buy it if you want a low-priced duvet for mild winter weather with a removable hood as it’s one of the best at this price.

Sprayway Genesis TL

This fleece mid layer weighs 576g (size L); midweight fleece, so quite warm; two hip pockets; full-length front zip; adjustable shockcord hem. But heavier than thinner fleece and warmer too, so not that easy to control temperature; pocket access is easily obscured by rucksacks belts; no hood.

Verdict: Buy it if you want a warm fleece for hill-walking without the best pockets or a hood.


Sprayway Challenger

This soft shell weighs 506g; 4-way stretch fabric which is very breathable; map-sized easy-to-access chest pockets; additional chest pocket; Velcro adjustable cuffs. But this offers very little insulation and is more of a windshirt; others are more water-resistant; no hood.

Verdict: Buy it if you want a durable windshirt with excellent pockets but no hood.


Sprayway Belay Jacket

This insulated jacket has a zip-off hood with wired peak; collar drawcord; massive chest pockets; third small chest pocket; elasticated hem and cuffs. But cuff and hem fit was loose (no adjustment provided); fit generally baggy; hood wired peak flips up; 730g (inc 28g stuffsack) is heavy to carry as a backup.

Verdict: Buy it if the fit and hood peak are tolerable as the other features are ideal.


Sprayway Challenger

This soft shell weighs 506g; 4-way stretch fabric which is very breathable; map-sized easy-to-access chest pockets; additional chest pocket; Velcro adjustable cuffs. But this offers very little insulation and is more of a windshirt; others are more water-resistant; no hood.

Verdict: Buy it if you want a durable windshirt with excellent pockets but no hood.


Sprayway Element Windstopper

This windproof fleece from Sprayway is a pretty good fit (apart from the shortish arms) with a shortish body, making it easy to walk in. The high collar and soft chin guard are excellent, but unfortunately the baffle on the collar can tangle in long hair. A warm, good-looking hooded jacket with well-placed ventilation pockets and underarm stretch panels. Stiff and heavy fabric though, and the hood makes the collar feel too rigid. The Velcro cuffs are also rather tight to pull up.

Verdict: A warm technical fleece with some useful features. The Gore Windstopper fabric is pretty stiff though, and the baffle won’t suit those with long hair.

Colours: Ruby red, black, haze

Sizes: 8-18 (XS-XXL)

Fabric: Gore Windstopper

Weight: 570g

Men’s version: Crux Windstopper

Contact: 0800 605050; www.sprayway.com


Sprayway Challenger

This soft shell jacket from Sprayway is just the right size, with the cosy fleece-lined collar a perfect fit for trapping warm air. It’s let down by Velcro adjustable cuffs, which have no stretch in them and so are difficult to pull up. Great on a cold day with a midweight fleece (200 gsm), the Challenger is light, breathable and reasonably weatherproof. The pockets are excellent, with room for a map, but you might get too hot because you can’t pull up the sleeves.

Verdict: The Challenger is a very good soft shell at a great price, with all the useful features you’d expect from Sprayway.

Colours: Black

Sizes: S-XXL

Weight: 480g

Women’s version: Yes

Contact: 0800 605050; www.sprayway.com