The Mountain Hardwear Cohesion multi-activity jacket has come down in price this year from £140 to £120, making it even better value than it was. It is made from Conduit coated fabric, which gives good performance for the price. There is a good length in the body with a slight scooped back for added protection. This, coupled with the relatively close fit, makes the jacket ideal for biking and climbing for example. The main zip gets an external stormflap to help keep driving rain out while the two large pockets are mesh-lined for added venting. Pocketing includes a third smaller chest pocket too that is big enough for a compass or GPS but not a lot more. There are pit zips for more venting. The hood has a close fit and excellent movement plus a very large peak that is just about stiff enough to keep its in shape in a breeze. All that means the Mountain Hardwear Cohesion is a very useful piece of kit for travelling light, which has practical features for the hill. But on my head the hood tended to obscure vision too easily, as the large peak just did not allow me to see ahead easily. A smaller wired peak would better. The fabric does not boast the highest level of waterproofness or breathability, but that is to be expected at lower prices. The pockets are mesh so they are not totally waterproof of course.
Outer Conduit coated 40D nylon
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 398g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 15
The Mountain Hardwear Cohesion multi-activity jacket is good for travelling fast and light, but the hood needs to be better to fit my head, so I suggest you try it before buying.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010