Rohan Pinnacle III (2014)

Rohan clothing generally sports lots of pockets; but with the Pinnacle III you get just two on the outside, though they are well-positioned above the waist- or hipbelt of a rucksack to allow access. You also get a zipped internal pocket. There are two zipped side vents as well to help manage condensation inside the jacket. The helmet-compatible hood gets a wired peak with face and rear volume drawcords. 3/5

It’s available for men in sizes S-XL and for women in sizes S-L – a slightly smaller range than other jackets. The big advantage of this over most is that it’s much longer, and the size L for example easily covered my crotch so I didn’t need to wear overtrousers so readily. The sleeve fit isn’t so great, as the cuffs rode up a little, and the body was a little billowy and needed a waist drawcord. But the hood fits really well. 4/5

Three-layer Barricade fabric offering top-of-the-league waterproofness and breathability makes this a basically comfortable jacket. Yes 2-layer garments with mesh linings or superlight jackets are more comfortable, but the 3-layer material is durable and comfortable when the wind is battering you into submission – and that’s often what really matters. 5/5

In use
On the hill the Rohan Pinnacle III is a great jacket. That extra body length is a real bonus to walkers in particular. The cuffs do ride up, though, which is a drawback when scrambling. The hood is one of the best here and so overall this performs best when hillwalking and Munro-bagging, rather than when used for scrambling and mountaineering. 4/5

Good price, good weight and good features, but not stunning apart from extra length. 4/5

The Rohan Pinnacle III is a good hillwalking jacket thanks to that extra length, but others are better if you don’t need it.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014