The Sprayway Nyx (men’s)/Eos (women’s) is a former winner of a Trail ‘Best in Test’ award in Spring 2012, and it’s still a great a jacket. It’s made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell, which isn’t as breathable as the higher-priced versions of Gore-Tex but it’s still perfectly good and just as waterproof. There’s a mesh lining to add a bit more comfort, although this does increase the weight a little. Get the jacket on and it is quite short, which isn’t ideal. The front zip gets a double external stormflap to keep rain out, and the zip runs nice and smoothly. You also get a traditional map pocket inside that stormflap, which is ideal for a map, GPS receiver or guidebook. In addition there are two cavernous main hip pockets, which are great for protecting hands and stashing gear, but access to the base of these pockets is easily obscured when wearing a rucksack belt, which is very annoying. These pockets are mesh-lined too, so if water gets inside them you get wet. The hood is the best feature of this jacket, though, as it fits well and moves with the head, and the wired peak provides great protection.
Weight 574g (size 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 zips no
The Sprayway Nyx/Eos is a good jacket at this price with a superb hood, but the length and pockets could both be better for regular mountain use with a rucksack. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013