From the word go the Sprayway Nyx / Eos is a very comfortable jacket thanks to the use of a mesh lining inside the Gore-Tex Performance Shell, which has higher waterproofness and breathability ratings than many materials featured here. Put it on and it has a relatively soft feel, although it is very short and exposes more of your waist area than some others we looked at, particularly when scrambling for example. The front zip has a double external stormflap to keep the rain out and there’s an additional cavernous chest pocket accessed through these stormflaps. The two main pockets are large and mesh-lined, to reduce weight and increase venting, but they are not as watertight as sealed pockets. But the main problem is that access to the pockets is easily restricted by rucksack belts. The best single feature of the Sprayway Nyx / Eos is its hood, which has a wired peak, fits well and moves well with the head. The hood can be held down at the collar by a combination of press stud and Velcro. The overall performance is better than other jackets here, but you can get better hillwalking jackets at higher prices if you have a bigger budget.
Weight 574g (men’s L)
Fabric 2-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Men’s sizes S-XXL (Nyx)
Women’s sizes 8-18 (Eos)
External pockets 2
Wired hood yes
Side/pit vents no
The Sprayway Nyx / Eos offers good performance for the price, with a great hood; but the short style is not ideal for scrambling and the main pockets are not ideal for walkers with rucksacks.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012