Rohan Icepack (2014)

The Rohan Icepack lacks a hood but has other benefits. A soft fleece collar adds comfort, although the fleece doesn’t extend to the chin area. You also get Velcro tab adjustment on the cuffs to lock out draughts. The two main outside pockets are OS map-sized and they’re placed high enough to allow access while wearing a rucksack hipbelt (although the pocket bag still drops to the hem). The front zip runs easily but it lacks an internal stormflap to block out wind

The Rohan Icepack comes in S-XXL for men and S-L for women. The medium fitted me very well, being not too close on the body or arms and not too baggy either. Having Velcro adjustment means the cuffs should fit anyone too.

It feels great on, thanks to the soft nylon outer and the even layer of insulation. Some soft fabric at the chin would make it better, but there isn’t a lot else to complain about in terms of comfort. There’s no hood, though, so your noggin won’t be comfortable in cold weather! It’s very light at 344g (men’s M) so you won’t be weighed down by it, even if it’s kept in your rucksack all day.

Insuloft polyester insulation means this was warm enough for spring, summer and autumn, but a little chilly for winter, so you’ll need to use it as part of a layering system with a waterproof over the top in colder weather.

A good price, but it has no hood and some higher-priced jackets are warmer.

The Rohan Icepack is a great lightweight jacket for stashing in a rucksack at any time of year, but in winter or for bivvies you’ll want something a bit warmer with a hood.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2014