Sprayway Zeus / Pandora (2014)


This jacket has a third chest pocket, making it ideal for anyone who loves a dedicated pocket for map, compass or GPS. The two main pockets are well-placed and big enough for maps too. The hood gets a wired peak plus volume adjustment and face drawcords. The jacket lacks pit zips, but for me that third pocket is the deal-maker. 5/5


The Zeus for men comes in size S-XXL and the Pandora for women in 8-18. The jacket just about covers the crotch but is slightly billowy around the body; this matters less when wearing a pack, but a closer fit would be good. The cuffs also rode up a bit when scrambling. The hood fit was outstanding though and moved really well with my head. 4/5


The body is made from 3-layer Gore-Tex, rather than Gore-Tex Pro, so it has proven performance that should provide long-term durable waterproofness and breathability at a very high level – but if you pay more you can get even better breathability. Gore Active Shell is also more breathable but less durable. The low weight and suppleness of the fabric improve the comfort though. 4/5

In use

Weighing just 460g (size L) the Sprayway Zeus has a very useful third pocket plus a great hood and slightly longer body – ideal for hillwalking. For scrambling slightly better arm movement and a closer fit would be useful, while climbers may want a hard-wearing outer fabric. You might want pit zips, but I prefer that third pocket. 5/5


£250 is a good but not outstanding price for a jacket such as this. 3/5


The Sprayway Zeus is deal for hillwalking due to the weight and extra pocket.



Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2014