This is a heavier jacket at over 400g. It’s warmer than many others too, with a mesh lining and tough outer fabric. It’s comfortable to walk in, though – it covers the hips and there’s plenty of length in the arms. There are even stretch panels under the arms to enable better flexibility. It has a nice, fleece-lined collar that feels great against the skin, although it’s quite tight when done right up. The hood is on the small side and the peak isn’t stiffened at all, so it won’t provide enough protection in heavy rain. The fabric is waterproof, but doesn’t breathe nearly as well as the higher-cost models. Shame about the cheap zips, which have a tendency to get stuck and break.
Fabric: Nylon Taslan
Men’s version: Yes (Revolution)
Contact: 0800 389 5861; millets.co.uk; www.blacks.co.uk
Review from Country Walking magazine, May 2012
A comfortable jacket with a long hem that covers the hips easily.
It has got a decent-sized hood – great if you’ve got long hair – with baffle adjustment at the sides and back. You can also roll it away in the collar if you want a smarter look. It’s made from Peter Storm’s Stormshield fabric, which is waterproof and breathes fairly well, with a polyester mesh lining inside to help wick away sweat. There are five pockets – two water-resistant, zipped chest pockets, a lower internal pocket that looks as though it should take an OS map (but doesn’t), and two deep fleece-lined handwarmer pockets that feel great on cold days. Velcro adjustable cuffs pull up easily when you get warm. The only real downside is that it’s heavy and bulky.
Materials: Nylon with PU coating
Men’s version: No
Contact: 0800 3895861; www.millets.co.uk
The Peter Storm Rock jacket weighs 608g (women’s S); good waterproof and breathable fabric; mesh lining; double stormflap over main zip; two base pockets; hood rolls into collar. But there’s strange placement of wire around forehead rather than front of peak; a higher price tag provides higher levels of waterproofness and breathability.
Verdict: The Peter Storm Rock is a good entry-level waterproof jacket for general walking.
First published in Trail magazine November 2009
The Peter Storm HighLite general-purpose jacket weighs just 554g (women’s M); low price; waterproof and breathable StormTech fabric; two deep hip pockets; mesh lining adds comfort; hood rolls into collar. But poor pocket access while wearing a rucksack; hood has no peak for extra protection; sleeves ride up easily; high price brings more waterproof and more breathable materials.The Peter Storm HighLite is a low-priced jacket, but features are much better if you are prepared to pay more money.
First published in Trail magazine November 2008
This waterproof jacket from Peter Storm provides plenty of room across the chest and arms, but is very tight around the hips. It’s a long jacket that covers your bum well, with a drawcord at the waist to ensure a snug fit. However, the nylon fabric rustles a lot and more adjustment in the cuffswould be good. A fairly heavy-duty waterproof that, despite its bulk, is relatively easy to move in and keeps you dry in some very bad weather. The deep roll away hood is easy to pack/unpack, but the floppy peak obscures your vision when you pull the drawcords tight. The handwarmer pockets are also rather small and difficult to access.
Verdict: The Ravine is a well priced heavy-duty waterproof with a long, narrow shape that will suit some walkers. However, the fabric is noisy and there’s room for improvement in the hood and cuffs.
Fabric: Storm Tech nylon
Main features: Two handwarmer pockets, map pocket, interactive zip, taped seams, roll away hood with volume adjuster, part-elasticated cuffs
Men’s version: No
Contact: 0800 389 5861; www.millets.co.uk