The Gelert Timor is the lowest-priced waterproof jacket featured in our 2010 general-purpose jackets test, and lower-priced jackets are often poorly designed – but like so many other Gelert products this is actually very well-designed. The fabric is waterproof and breathable of course, and there is a mesh lining inside to improve comfort. But it is the jacket’s design that is really impressive. Firstly it is a lot longer than most, so you don’t have to wear overtrousers as readily, and you can get your hands into those base pockets while wearing a rucksack. The front zip gets a double stormflap and behind this there is a chest map pocket too. The hood has a wired peak, and it fits and moves reasonably well. The hood can be rolled away to the collar too. Add in good movement in the sleeves and you have a jacket that is ideal for general walking if you are on a tight budget. But at 724g (L) the Gelert Timor is very heavy by modern standards. Also the fabric is not as highly rated for waterproofness or breathability as higher-priced jackets of course. A slight niggle is that the wired peak flips up a little too easily. There are higher-priced jackets that are better in terms of design, but for £45 this is a remarkably good jacket.
Outer 3M Scotchguard-treated nylon
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s); 8-20 (women’s)
Weight 724g (L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
If £50 is your budget you won’t find a better jacket for general walking than the Gelert Timor. It won ‘Best Value’ in our test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010