Rohan is best-known for its travel clothing, but the company also makes some excellent gear for the more adventurous hillwalker too. The Mountain Guide jacket first appeared in 2010 and already it is a well-proven performer. It is made from Rohan’s own Barricade 2-layer fabric with a mesh lining. This is a very comfortable combination, although the use of a mesh lining adds greatly to the weight of this jacket (912g, men’s L).
There are two main pockets and these are located on the chest so they can be accessed easily while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. The pockets are mesh-lined, so they increase airflow through the jacket when the zips are open – but of course if any water enters the pockets then it will also pass right through the jacket.
To keep the wearer dry the zips are protected by external stormflaps, including the pockets – few jackets feature this these days.
The hood fits and moves well with the head, and also benefits from a wired peak and can be rolled into the collar. The body is slightly longer than some other jackets here. The Rohan Mountain Guide comes in a men’s and women’s version.
Weight 912g (size men’s L)
Lining polyester mesh
Sizes men’s X-XXL; women’s XS-XL
External pockets 2
Wired hood yes
Side vents no
The Rohan Mountain Guide is a well-priced jacket that benefits from a mesh lining and mesh pockets for extra comfort, although that mesh lining also increases weight. It won the ‘Best Value’ award in our test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011