Rohan Icepack (2014)

Features
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
3/5

Fit
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.
4/5

Comfort
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.
3/5

Insulation
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.
4/5

Value
A good price, but it has no hood and some higher-priced jackets are warmer.
4/5

Verdict
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.
3.6/5

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2014

 


Rohan Nightfall (2013)

The Rohan Nightfall offers a superb degree of warmth for its weight, which makes it ideal for stashing in a rucksack and throwing on to watch the sunset from a summit or to keep the chill off an evening camp. The down quality is the key to its performance but you also get a lightweight shell fabric, which has a durable water repellency (DWR) treatment to help keep the down dry, although it does not shed water as well as some other products, which is a pity at this price. Put the Rohan Nightfall on and it has a good, comfy fit that allows the down to ‘loft’ (fluff up) and keep you warm. You can adjust the cuffs with Velcro tabs to trap warm air and keep out draughts. The two zipped hip pockets are fairly large so you can warm your hands effortlessly. There is some very comfortable brushed polyester around the inside of the collar and at the top of the zip, to further improve comfort. The Rohan Nightfall’s hood can be zipped off, while its fit and ease of adjustment are ideal for keeping you warm. But it has a soft peak, which provides minimal benefit compared to the wired peaks of other jackets.

Outer polyamide with DWR
Insulation 800+ fill power 95/5 down
Weight 551g (size men’s L)
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes S-L
Website www.rohan.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Rohan Nightfall is a very warm, comfortable and lightweight jacket that is ideal for camping and stashing in your pack, but the shell is not the most water-resistant option.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013


Rohan Gradient (2012)

Rather excitingly, this jacket is reversible – so it’s almost like getting two tops for the price of one! The warmest way round to wear the Rohan Gradient is fleecy side inwards, to trap air next to your body with the tightly knitted, snag-resistant and durable polyester on the outside as shown in the photo. The two fabrics are held together by wind-resistant bonding rather than a stiff windproof laminate, so the jacket blocks wind very well without stiffness. Worn this way you can also zip it together with Rohan’s Interchange compatible shell jackets to create an insulated waterproof coat. On warmer days, you can reverse the Rohan Gradient for less of an insulated windproof and open the easily accessed, glove-friendly pockets on both sides to create two venting holes. The jacket is quite stretchy, but as it’s slightly shorter on the arms and body, with no drop tail, it can ride up when reaching for scramble holds; however the hem drawcord keeps out the draughts. The weight is ever so slightly on the heavier side at 453g (size UK12) without a hood or thumb loops, and the Rohan Gradient is bulkier than some of the lighter-weight fleeces we looked at.

Weight 453g
Pockets 2 side, 2 side inner
Material 100% polyester fleece inner with high-gauge outer and wind-resistant bonding
Thumb loops no
Hood no
Men’s version yes
Website www.rohan.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Rohan Gradient is a very warm, versatile, highly windproof and comfy fleece that’s great for walking, but there’s not quite enough freedom of movement or long enough arm and back lengths for scrambling.

Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine October 2012


Rohan Basis T (2012)

A super-soft base-layer with a loose fit and a scoop neck. The fabric is so soft to the touch that you’d swear it has merino in it, although actually it's made from a blend of polyester and elastane. It’s been treated with Rohan’s Dynamic Moisture Control finish, so it wicks sweat away quickly and keeps you dry in warm, humid conditions. You’ll be able to wear it for a few consecutive days before it gets too pongy, when you can chuck it in the wash with everything else, and it will dry overnight. The only downside is that the scoop neck and loose fit doesn’t trap warm air very effectively, and the low neck leaves you at the mercy of the sun’s rays in warm weather.

Sizes: 8-18

Fabric: 96% polyester; 4% elastane with Dynamic Moisture Control™ finish

Weight: 175g

Contact: 0800 840 1411 www.rohan.co.uk

Review from Country Walking magazine, January 2012.


Rohan Furnace

A warm but bulky jacket, made from a fairly heavyweight fleece fabric. The fit is generous – long in the arms and at the hem – but the chunky cuffs are stretchy, and easy to pull up if things do get a bit warm. The hip pockets, which are protected by zippers, are also mesh-lined so can also be used for ventilation when needed. Don’t forget to do them back up again when you get cold! In action, it works best as a warm mid-layer beneath a shell, as it’s just too bulky to carry in a pack. Unfortunately, the fabric tends to pill quite quickly with wear, but for only £50, it is still pretty good value for money.

Sizes: XS-L
Fabric: 100% polyester
Weight: 425g
Men’s version available? Yes
Features: Two mesh-lined pockets, clips into Rohan outer jackets
Contact: 0800 840 1411; www.rohan.co.uk


Rohan Superfine Merino Zip 300

A pure merino top that relies on the natural material for its magic. Although it uses a superfine blend, the natural itch of the merino was still present at first although it soon calmed down. Wicking and sweat absorption are up to the usual high standard of merino, with moisture being quickly drawn to the outside of the fabric, although it does take a while to dry out totally. Although the stitching is apparently flat, there is too much of it, especially under the arms, where it can chafe. The deep zip neck is good for regulating temperature and the baggy sleeves can be easily pulled up too. There is a fairly hard-wearing feel to the fabric too.

VITAL STATS
Sizes
: S-XL
Weight: 226g
Fabric: Merino wool
Features: Ventilating neck zip, technical thumb loops, flat-locked seams
Contact: 0800 840 1411; www.rohan.co.uk


Rohan Superfine Merino Zip 200

: A pure merino top that relies on the natural material for its magic. Although it uses a superfine blend, the natural itch of the merino was still present at first although it soon calmed down. Wicking and sweat absorption are up to the usual high standard of merino, with moisture being quickly drawn to the outside of the fabric, although it does take a while to dry out totally. Although the stitching is apparently flat, there is too much of it, especially under the arms, where it can chafe. The deep zip neck is good for regulating temperature and the baggy sleeves can be easily pulled up too. There is a fairly hard-wearing feel to the fabric too.

Sizes: S-XL
Weight: 226g
Fabric: Merino wool
Features: Ventilating neck zip, technical thumb loops, flat-locked seams
Contact: 0800 840 1411; www.rohan.co.uk


Rohan Equator Shirt 2010

One for the bar rather than the trail, the Rohan Equator Shirt is a lightweight, comfortable shirt with two zipped pockets at the chest and looped hangers inside allowing you to hang and dry it quickly. And if the sleeves aren’t short enough already you can even tie them back further to reveal the full magnitude of your ‘guns’ or that tattoo you unwisely opted for in the back streets of Ouagadougou.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Rohan Shimmer Shirt 2010

The Rohan Shimmer Shirt is billed as ‘Technology disguised as clothing’, and it certainly is stylish. The material stretches, dries quickly, keeps the sun off and wicks perspiration away, but somehow it feels uncomfortable next to the skin. Try it on first, and if that’s not an issue for you there’s plenty to recommend it: hidden zip pockets, drying loops and great outdoor functionality.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Rohan Momentum 2008

This soft shell jacket  weighs just 558g; very wind- and water-resistant fabric; grid construction fleece lining for insulation; longer than many jackets here; simple, conservative styling. It has quite a loose cut is that is ideal off the hill but it’s too baggy on the hill; pocket access easily obstructed by rucksack belts; material feels like it is less abrasion-resistant than others.
Verdict
Excellent for travel, but not ideal for hill-walking.

First published in Trail magazine September 2008