This is a well-proven general purpose waterproof that is good for hill-walking as well as general travel and walking the dog. It is made from the new Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric, which has good performance for the price. A wide brushed polyester collar lining adds valuable comfort, as does a mesh lining. This is a longer jacket than most, and that extra length allows reasonable access to the base pockets while wearing a rucksack. There is a dedicated map pocket too, behind the stormflap of the main zip. Good arm movement is provided so the cuffs or hem don’t ride up. The rollaway hood has a large stiffened peak and a close fit. All the basics are here. But the hood movement is not ideal compared to the best, and the wraparound chinguards can be irritating. There are fabrics such as Pro Shell that offer higher levels of breathability. There are also lighter jackets.
Outer: 2 layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Inner: polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: very breathable
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s); 8-20 (women’s)
Weight: 738g (men‘s size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: no info provided
Verdict: Great for general use, for those that don’t need the absolute best performance.