The Sprayway Anakin/Arista is an excellent lightweight waterproof for hill-walking and general outdoor travel. One of the great features that sets it apart from others here is that it is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, rather than Gore-Tex Paclite, so it controls condensation much better. You get a good set of features too, with two large chest pockets that easily take an OS map. These are mesh-lined, which makes them more breathable and reduces some weight. The hood is particularly good too thanks to a wired peak coupled with face and volume drawcords that allow it to fit well and move well with the head. All that for £170 means the Sprayway Anakin/Arista is excellent value. But the pockets are mesh-lined so they are not the most waterproof design as you could get damp if water enters these pockets. The pockets also extend a little low, so access is slightly obstructed when wearing a rucksack. There are lighter jackets around too, if weight really is your number one priority.
Outer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s Anakin); 8-18 (women’s Arista)
Weight 372g (L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 120
The Sprayway Anakin/Arista is a Gore-Tex Pro Shell jacket with an excellent hood, good pockets and a superb price.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010