Tog24 Halo

The Halo is rather heavy for a lightweight waterproof, but very reasonably priced at £75. Most of the added weight comes from the heavy nylon fabric, which is lined with polyester throughout to help it breathe. It does a good job of keeping out a shower, but will wet-out eventually so it’s not ideal for long, rainy days in the hills. The fabric is bulky, and with the added weight to consider, the jacket won’t stuff away easily in your pack when it’s not needed. On the plus side, it provides a decent amount of warmth, which the ultra-light jackets won’t do, but because its breathability is limited, it’s best-suited to less strenuous walks. There’s a small storm flap to prevent water seeping in through the zip, two handwarmer pockets, and a chest pocket for valuables.

VITAL STATS
Sizes:
8-10 to 18-20
Fabric: 100% nylon with PU coating, 100% polyester mesh lining
Weight: 475g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01924 409 311; www.tog24.com
• Review from Country Walking magazine, May ’11


Tog 24 New Zealand

A heavyweight jacket that manages to win the weigh-in; tipping the scales at just over a kilo. You do get a lot of coat for your money, though, with a longer cut in the torso that covers your backside effectively. The face fabric has a pleasant, soft, reasonably hard-wearing feel. There are quite a few exposed seams across the jacket, though, which add bulk and increase the chances of leaking. Although there are underarm vents, it is a warm jacket, which makes it a little less versatile than some.

VITAL STATS
Sizes: L-XXL
Fabric: Gore-Tex
Weight: 1,098g
Women’s version: Logic
Contact: 01924 409311; www.estore.tog24.com


Tog 24 Deluge 2009

The Deluge is a new children’s jacket from Tog 24 that boasts plenty of great features to keep children dry in the outdoors. The material is waterproof and breathable, and it benefits from reflective piping on the front and back to make walks in the dark safer. The main front zip gets an external stormflap to keep the worst of the rain out. There are two zipped hip pockets, and these have fleece linings for extra warmth and comfort. There is a smaller chest pocket too. The hood can be zipped off when not required. On the head it benefits from having no flappy panels to blow around in the wind. It also has a Velcro volume adjuster and elastication around the face. Generally this felt like a good waterproof for children. But the small chest pocket has a very short zip, and getting items out of the base of this pocket is very difficult. There is no hem drawcord, so the fit could be improved if this was provided as it is on others. The jacket is slightly heavy, bulky and high-priced compared to others of similar design.

 

Outer Milatex
Inner Tricot mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 1-2 to 13 years
Weight 508g (5-6)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50

Verdict: The Tog 24 Deluge is a very good kids’jacket, but the weight and price let it down compared to others. 

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Tog 24 Tarku

A nice length, but baggy in the body and long in the sleeves, although good adjustment overcomes some of this. The hood’s rather small too. Nice touches include fleece for the pocket linings and around the chin. A heavy jacket that keeps the weather out but takes up a lot of space in a pack. Very hot in use, although pit zips spill a little. Plenty of pockets, but the handwarmers are low and hard to get to with a pack on.

VITAL STATS
Colours: Surge blue, black
Sizes: M-XXL
Fabric: Gore-Tex
Key features: Storm flap, storm cuffs, interactive main zip, pit zips, taped seams
Weight: 990g
Women’s version: No
Contact: 01924 409311, www.tog24.com
Verdict: The Tarku is essentially a ski jacket that could be used for walking, but there are plenty of others better-suited to the task and at a lower price.

Tog 24 Baku 2008

A Tricot mesh lining adds a little warmth to the Tog 24 Baku kids’ jacket, and the main zip gets a double stormflap to keep the rain out. Velcro-adjustable cuffs and a hem drawcord keep the wind out too. Small pit zips add a little extra venting and there are loads of pockets. The hood is removable and has a drawcord adjuster around the face. Reflective piping increases night safety.  But the Tog 24 Baku is a very heavy jacket. The hood has a big peak that is not stiffened and as there is also no volume adjustment, this may easily block the child’s vision. The pit zips are too small to allow venting either.

Outer Milatex Inner mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 6 months to 13 years
Weight 802g (9/10 years)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 45
Verdict
The overloaded price, weight and number of poor features make the Tog 24 Baku a very undesirable option.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008

Tog 24 Hanover 2008

The Tog 24 Hanover general-purpose jacket’s Gore-Tex fabric is extremely waterproof and very breathable; mesh lining; two hip pockets ideal as handwarmers; smaller chest pocket; front zip stormflap; removable hood, wired peak; pit zips. But 986g (men‘s L) is quite heavy; hip pocket access is easily obscured with rucksack belts; no external map-sized pockets; fabric not as breathable as higher-priced materials.Verdict: The Tog 24 Hanover jacket will keep you dry and comfy, but it lacks hill-walking features.

First published in Trail magazine November 2008

Tog 24 Hanover

This general-purpose waterproof jacket uses Gore-Tex fabric, which is extremely waterproof and very breathable; mesh lining adds comfort; two hip pockets are ideal for handwarmers; smaller chest pocket is useful; front zip gets an external stormflap; removable hood with wired peak offers good performance; pit zips. But 986g (men’s size L) is quite heavy; hip pocket access is easily obscured by rucksack belts; no external map-sized pockets; fabric not as breathable as higher-priced materials.

Verdict: Will keep you dry and comfy, but lacks hill-walking features.

TOG 24 Tumult/Lyana

This lightweight waterproof weighs only 398g (men’s size L), making this a very attractive option. The design is based around Gore Paclite fabric, which offers proven performance. The cut is a little loose, which allows reasonable movement in the sleeves without the hem or cuffs riding up and also a little extra length than some others. The two main chest pockets just about take an OS map, while an additional chest pocket is useful for a compass. To improve condensation control the chest pockets are mesh-vented and also there are pit zips. The hood is quite good, with a peak and good adjustment that allows it to move quite well with the head. This is great for hill-walkers looking for low weight and good features. But the hood, the movement in the sleeves and the pockets are a little better on some other jackets. The mesh lining in the pockets won’t be as watertight as a sealed pocket, so this is not the best for the wettest of weather. Paclite does not control condensation as well as others. So small niggles rather than major flaws.

 

Outer: Gore-Tex Paclite
Inner: none
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: M-XXL (men’s Tumult); 10-18 (women’s Lyana)
Weight: 398g (large)
Made in Hungary
Stores in UK: 43

Verdict: Low weight plus reasonable features gives this unique benefits for the walker.

Tog 24 Baku

This waterproof jacket has a little extra warmth built into it thanks to the Tricot mesh lining that traps air easily inside the jacket. The fabric is waterproof and breathable too, and the main zip gets a double stormflap to keep the rain out. Velcro adjustable cuffs and a hem drawcord keep the wind out, while small pit zips add a little extra venting if your child is overheating. There are loads of pockets, with two on the chest, two hip and one on the sleeve. The hood is removable and has a drawcord adjuster around the face. There is a good strip of reflective piping across the shoulders and sleeves for night-time activity too.  A fleece collar lining adds a touch of comfort. There are loads of features here so something here will attract every child no doubt. But this is a very heavy jacket. The hood also has a big peak that is not stiffened and there is also no volume adjustment, so this may easily block the child’s vision. The small pit zips don’t open wide enough due to the mesh lining, so they don’t provide much venting. I’m not sure that many children will use all the pockets either.

 

Outer: Milatex
Inner: mesh
Fabric waterproofness: waterproof
Fabric breathability: breathabable
Sizes: 1-13 (children’s)
Weight: 824g (11-12 years)
Made in Far East
Stores in UK: 45

Verdict: Warmer than most jacket, with more pockets, more weight and less useful hill functionality than others.

Tog 24 Vortex

This waterproof jacket from Tog24 uses excellent, soft Milatex fabric, and the fit is good, with Velcro adjustable cuffs and a drawcord at the waist. It’s medium length, which will suit many walkers, and the hood is deep with plenty of adjustment, making it comfortable on its own or over a hat. The weight, though, is staggering, mainly due to its many features. However, many aren’t really that necessary for walking, eg mobile phone/mp3 pocket, Lycra inner cuffs, ski lift pass pocket in the sleeve. In its favour, it’s pretty rugged, and does a good job of keeping you dry and warm.

Verdict: A well-featured jacket that will especially appeal to walkers who also like skiing. Because of its weight it will best suit those who prefer to wear their waterproof rather than carry it. 

Colours: Dark red/anthracite, blue/navy, metal, lime/metal, black

Sizes: S-XXL

Fabric: Milatex

Main features: Taped seams, roll away detachable hood, double storm flap, single-hand adjustment, internal zipped pocket

Weight: 970g

Women’s version: Prima

Contact: 01924 409311; www.tog24.com