OMM Cypher Jacket 2011

The OMM Cypher Jacket is similar to the brand’s Cypher Smock model, but with the addition of a full-length front zip and two massive chest pockets, which for me at least make a more desirable piece of kit for hill-walking. Of course adding a front zip and pockets increases the weight, but at 304g for a men’s size L this is by no means heavy.
The jacket is made from 3-layer eVent, a well-proven material that breathes very well; and when the material is overloaded by sweat it does a great job hiding any condensation that builds up. The end result is that this is a very comfortable jacket to wear on the hill.
The front zip is a water-resistant variety with no external stormflap, but there is an internal gutter to channel down any water that leaks through the zip. I’m not a big fan of removing external stormflaps as I think these zips can potentially leak; but for a lightweight jacket this is a standard design and as long as you’re not out in the worst of weather it should keep most water out.
The pockets are great too, as they easily take guidebooks or maps, and they’re positioned high enough so you can access them easily while wearing a rucksack waistbelt.
The hood is also particularly good, thanks to a wired peak that allows you to reshape the visor into something that allows clear vision, and all this after it’s been scrunched up in your rucksack.
Other nice touches on the OMM Cypher Jacket include a soft chinguard to save you snagging your skin at the top of the zip, and a deep scoop on the back to keep the rain off your lower back and bum.

Price £210
Weight 304g (men’s L)
Fabric 3-layer eVent
Lining none
Men’s sizes XS-XL
Women’s sizes none
External pockets 2
Wired hood yes
Contact (01524) 822084;

Features 5
Design 5
Comfort 5
Performance 5
Value 4
Overall 5

The OMM Cypher’s great pockets and hood plus a fabric that keeps condensation under control all adds up to virtually the perfect lightweight jacket.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2011