Gelert Portobelo 2009

This general-purpose jacket weighs 580g (size L); waterproof, breathable fabric; rollaway hood with wired peak; good hood fit and movement; chest pockets can be accessed while wearing rucksack; good sleeve movement; double stormflap over main zip. But better-performing fabric is available for a higher price; pocket mesh liners extend to hem, making retrieval of small items tricky.

Verdict: The Gelert Portobelo general-purpose jacket is far better than its price suggests, and it’s ideal for walkers on a tight budget.


First published in Trail magazine November 2009