The Sprayway Odyssey (men’s)/Azaria (women’s) is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell, which is not quite as breathable as the higher-priced versions of Gore-Tex but still very good. For added comfort you get a mesh lining inside and the body length is typical of many modern jackets, being able to keep the bum dry. There are two main pockets, and these are situated just high enough to allow reasonable access to them while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. There is also a dedicated map pocket tucked away behind the double stormflap that covers the main front zip. This is a very practical pocket arrangement for hillgoers. The hood is also well-designed with a wired peak, great fit and movement and you can also roll it down to the collar if preferred. The jacket weighs in at 668g (men’s size L), which is very respectable for its material and price, but lighter jackets are available at higher prices. There are also longer jackets at this price if you prefer them. But the practical and modern style of the Sprayway Odyssey/Azaria makes it a good general waterproof for valley, moor, hill and mountain walking, backpacking and scrambling.
Weight 668g (men’s L)
Fabric 2-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Lining mesh and nylon
Men’s sizes S, M, L, XL (Odyssey)
Women’s sizes 8-18 (Azaria)
External pockets 3
Can hood be rolled down? Yes
Side/pit vents no
The Sprayway Odyssey/Azaria is a well-designed waterproof jacket that is ideal for a wide variety of walking and backpacking situations at a great price (it won our ‘Best Value’ award), with the main drawback being the weight.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012