Merrell Trust/Quick 2008

The Merrell Trust/Quick general-purpose jacket weighs just 678g (men‘s L); waterproof and breathable OptiShell fabric; polyester lining adds comfort; pit zip venting; two hip pockets; chest pocket; external zip stormflap; fixed hood with peak; stylish material. But access to pockets is easily obscured with rucksack belts; chest pocket is very small; hood peak is too large and floppy.Verdict: The Merrell Trust/Quick jacket is good-looking, but the hood and pockets are not ideal so this is best kept for travel and casual use.

First published in Trail magazine November 2008