Helly Hansen K Shelter 2010

The Helly Hansen K Shelter has two extremely large panels of reflective material on the sleeves, which makes this jacket extremely easy to see at night. The jacket also has a removable hood that is attached with press studs. It is also notable that the cuffs and hem of the jacket are reinforced so they should last a lot longer than other jackets. Apart from those features the K Shelter offers similar features to other options here. So you get a good waterproof and breathable fabric. There are two pockets and you get a front zip with a single external stormflap. There is also a hem drawcord and Velcro adjustment for improved fit. There is a mesh lining inside to add extra comfort and the hood does have a wrap around Velcro panel that may protect the child a little more. But the Helly Hansen K Shelter’s price is much higher than other jackets we looked at, and the difficulty is deciding if that price difference brings any performance difference. I don’t like wraparound hoods as they tend to flap when not fastened. Like other jackets there is not much adjustment available in the hood, but at least it can be removed.

Outer Helly Tech coated nylon
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 1-6 years
Weight 356g (4 years)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 3

The price lets the Helly Hansen K Shelter down as many of the features are good for protecting children outdoors.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Marmot Precip 2010

It is the low weight and small packed size of the Marmot Precip that set it apart from most jackets, and this is ideal if the parents end up carrying it. The material is a good-quality fabric with a high level of waterproofness and breathability so it’s going to keep the wearer dry and comfortable for longer than most. There is no loose mesh inside this jacket, which makes it easier to put on than some others as there is less material to get tangled up in. Like others the front zip has a double external stormflap to keep the worst of the rain out. You get two very large chest pockets as well, and these are mesh-lined to allow a little more airflow to prevent overheating. The hood is a fixed design with a peak and elasticated face. You also get a strip of reflective piping on the back of the sleeve for night walks.  But you cannot roll the hood down and stash it in the collar, which could be irritating if it does not fit well enough or there is no rain. There is no volume adjustment on the Marmot Precip’s hood either, whereas other jackets do have adjustment, so you might need to use additional headgear to achieve a good fit. Also the hem lacks any adjustment too, so this jacket may not fit as well as others that have more adjustment.

Outer Precip nylon
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes XS-XL (boys’); XS-XL (girls’)
Weight 238g (M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 3

It is the small packed size and low weight that set the Marmot Precip apart, but other features are better on other children’s jackets.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Regatta Topspeed/Valentine 2010

The Regatta Topspeed/Valentine is a well-established and popular classic jacket. It’s made of Regatta’s own fabric, Isotex 5000, which feels nice and robust. There is a front zip and this has an external stormflap to keep the rain out. There are two zipped hip pockets too. The sleeves get Velcro cuffs so the fit can be adjusted. Unusually for a kids’ jacket there is a small zipped chest pocket too, although I am not sure how useful this will be as it is very small. The hood rolls into the collar so it can be easily stashed when not required. The hood has elastication around the face but no volume adjustment. The best feature in many ways is the reflective piping on the front and back of the sleeves so the wearer of this jacket can be easily seen from all directions. But some other options have double stormflaps on the main zip for even better protection. There is no hem adjustment or hood adjustment, so it is worth making sure the jacket fits pretty well. Some jackets claim higher fabric performance than this.

Outer Isotex 5000 coated polyester
Inner mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 3-12 years (boys’ Topspeed); 3-12 years (girls’ Valentine)
Weight 320g (5-6 years)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 890

The Regatta Topspeed/Valentine is a good, well-priced jacket that provides most of the features a parent would want for a child’s waterproof.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Berghaus Monsoon 2010

The Berghaus Monsoon now uses AQ2, which is an updated version of the Aquafoil fabric that this jacket was made from in the past. There is a mesh lining inside for extra comfort. The front zip gets a double stormflap that is held in place with Velcro, so this should keep water out pretty easily. There are two zipped hip pockets, which are also well-protected by stormflaps. A drawcord at the hem and elasticated cuffs help to keep draughts out, while to protect the head there is a fixed hood, which has an elasticated area around the face to help with the fit. On the front of the jacket there is some reflective piping so that the wearer is easily seen by oncoming traffic. But there is no reflective piping on the rear of the Berghaus Monsoon, which is not ideal. Also  the hood cannot be rolled down, which could be very annoying. The hood does not get any adjustment either, or a stiffened peak, so a hat may be required to create a better fit. The pockets are quite small compared to some others, but this is a minor point.

Outer AQ2
Inner mesh
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes 5/6 to 13+
Weight 320g (7/8 years)
Made in Thailand
Stores in the UK no info provided

The hood and lack of reflective piping on the back of the Berghaus Monsoon let this otherwise good kids’ jacket down.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Keela Simpson 2010

The Keela Simpson is a frequent winner of this category and there is a special limited edition colour available this year: Tyrian Purple (in this colour the Simpson comes with a matching scarf). The price remains the same as last year though, as do the basic features. The full-length zip gets external stormflaps to keep the rain out and there are two equally well-protected pockets on the body too. I particularly liked the large fleecy chinguard, which is ideal for protecting the child from the main zip. Also there is reflective piping on the front and rear of this jacket. The hood can be rolled into the collar when not needed, but it also has a good chance of fitting well as it benefits from volume adjustment at the rear and elastication around the face. The hood also gets a wired peak so that the child can see more easily.  But if you pay more you can get a jacket made of fabric that is rated with higher performance levels in terms of breathability and waterproofness. Some jackets are also lighter than the Keela Simpson, which you may feel is important if you are going to end up carrying it more than your child wears it!

Outer Rainlife 5000
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 1 to 14 years
Weight 416g (3/4 years)
Made in Sri Lanka
Stores in the UK 30

The Keela Simpson is a great jacket at a great price for kids heading outdoors in all weathers. It won the ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Sprayway Hawk 2010

The price of the Sprayway Hawk is lower than most jackets here, and there are some good features for the money. So you get a jacket made from Sprayway’s well-proven HydroDry fabric, which offers good performance. There is a mesh lining for added comfort, and two hip pockets are provided as well. On this jacket unlike some others you get drawcords at the hem and Velcro adjustment at the cuff, so you can refine the fit as your child grows into it. The hood too has a volume adjuster and elastication around the face for a reasonable fit. It can also be rolled down and secured at the collar if not needed. The front zip has a single stormflap with press studs, and there is reflective piping on the front and back of the sleeves. There are no big problems with the Sprayway Hawk, although other jackets have a double stormflap rather than a single stormflap over the front zip. The storm is press studded in place rather than using Velcro tabs. The hood rolls down to the collar but does not have a pocket in the collar for it to be stashed into. The two pockets don’t have zipped entry.

Outer HydroDry
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 2 to 15 years
Weight 344g (4 years)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 120

The Sprayway Hawk is a very practical children’s jacket for outdoors action in the rain at a great price. It received the ‘Best Value’ accolade in our review.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Result Performance R150J 2010

For £25 you get a lot of jacket as the Result Performance R150J has a fleece lining stitched inside, unlike anything else featured here. This makes it warmer than the others and therefore ideal in winter. The fabric feels pretty robust too. The front zip gets a double stormflap to keep the wind and rain out, while two huge pockets would be ideal for warming wee hands on a cold winter’s day. The hood has a volume adjuster and can be rolled into the collar. There are reflective tabs on the front of the jacket too. This jacket is a good choice for winter. But the biggest problem with the Result Performance R150J is that the jacket is heavy and bulky – which is a real drawback if the parent ends up carrying it all day! It is also very warm, which is great in winter, but not ideal for warmer weather. A separate fleece and waterproof would offer a more flexible approach. There is not much scope to fine-tune the fit either as there is no hem drawcord or cuff adjustment.

Outer PVC-coated polyester
Inner Polyester Active Fleece
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes XS (3-4 years) to XXXL (15-16 years)
Weight 826g (S / 5-6 years)
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK 36

The Result Performance R150J is a low-priced kids’ jacket that is ideal for cold days, but as it is heavy and has a fleece lining it will probably not be ideal for warmer weather.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010


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


Patagonia Kids Snow Patrol 2009

As the name suggests the Patagonia Kids Snow Patrol jacket is designed for cold winter days when snow is a likely occurrence. It is insulated with recycled polyester and feels very warm. The waterproof material is also made from recycled material and is seam-sealed so it will keep both the wet and cold at bay. Draughts are locked out by hem drawcords, Velcro cuff adjustment and the stormflap over the main zip. There are two hip pockets with zips too. The hood is also well-insulated and it can be removed. The hood also gets face drawcords. This is going to be a very warm and cosy waterproof that is ideal for cold winter weather and playing in the freezing snow. But to warrant spending this much money, the child would need to be using the Patagonia Kids Snow Patrol regularly in the cold before they grow out of it! In warm weather the jacket will be too hot so it is has only a small window of use in the UK’s typically wet and relatively mild climate. The weight and bulk are a drawback too if carried by parents ‘just in case’ it gets cold.

 

Outer H2No barrier on 100% recycled polyester
Inner 90% recycled polyester Thermogreen insulation
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes XXS-XL (kids’)
Weight 822g (kids’ S/8 years)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided

Verdict: The Patagonia Kids Snow Patrol is ideal for regular use in the snow, but not as a waterproof for walking in the UK.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Regatta Diffuse 2009

Made from Isotex, Regatta’s own brand of waterproof and breathable fabric, the Diffuse children’s jacket instantly appears to have a good, small packed size. It is reasonably light too, so grown-ups won’t mind carrying it just in case it rains. The jacket has a similar design to others with a full-length front zip that has an external stormflap to keep the rain out. There are two hip pockets and a small chest pocket, which are all zipped. Some reflective piping is provided on the front, with reflective print on the back of the shoulders. The hood rolls into the collar very neatly. On the head the hood benefits from elastication around the face. All the basics are here and the price is very good.  But others have more reflective piping on the back of the jacket. There is no hem drawcord adjustment, whereas others have this (it is a feature than can allow a child to grow into a jacket without it being too draughty). The Regatta Diffuse’s hood does not get any volume adjustment either, which other jackets do feature. The hood also has a relatively large peak, which may obscure vision too easily.

 

Outer Isotex
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 3 to 12 years
Weight 352g (5/6 years)
Made in Sri Lanka
Stores in the UK 30

Verdict: The Regatta Diffuse’s hood may not fit as well as others, which lets this children’s jacket down a little.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009

Result Performance R155J Junior 2009

The Result Performance R155J Junior is half the price of many of the children’s jackets in this review. Bargain! It comes in at a very respectable weight too and packs down small so you won’t mind carrying it for your children during dry spells. Reflective piping wraps around the whole jacket at waist level so it is easily picked out in the dark from any direction. The body has a hem drawcord to lock out draughts and a full-length front zip with an external stormflap. There are two large chest pockets that are very easy to access. The hood can be rolled down and secured at the collar, and it has a peak. The garment also contains over 25 per cent recycled materials.   But the Result Performance R155J Junior’s hood is the major drawback here though as it has no adjustment at all, and the large peak could be a problem without it. Other jackets’ hoods have elastication and volume adjustment. As it is likely that the hood will be required this is a major flaw in my view.

 

Outer PU-coated ripstop nylon
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes S (5-6 years) to L (9-10 years)
Weight 322g (9-10 years)
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK 40

Verdict: If the hood fits the Result Performance R155J Junior is a bargain-priced jacket, but if not then it is worth paying more.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Result Performance R155J Junior 2009

The Result Performance R155J Junior is half the price of many of the children’s jackets in this review. Bargain! It comes in at a very respectable weight too and packs down small so you won’t mind carrying it for your children during dry spells. Reflective piping wraps around the whole jacket at waist level so it is easily picked out in the dark from any direction. The body has a hem drawcord to lock out draughts and a full-length front zip with an external stormflap. There are two large chest pockets that are very easy to access. The hood can be rolled down and secured at the collar, and it has a peak. The garment also contains over 25 per cent recycled materials.   But the Result Performance R155J Junior’s hood is the major drawback here though as it has no adjustment at all, and the large peak could be a problem without it. Other jackets’ hoods have elastication and volume adjustment. As it is likely that the hood will be required this is a major flaw in my view.

 

Outer PU-coated ripstop nylon
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes S (5-6 years) to L (9-10 years)
Weight 322g (9-10 years)
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK 40

Verdict: If the hood fits the Result Performance R155J Junior is a bargain-priced jacket, but if not then it is worth paying more.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Bushbaby Ripstop Waterproof 2009

Made from PU-coated ripstop nylon, the Bushbaby Ripstop Waterproof offers the basic features needed to stay dry at a competitive price. This children’s jacket has a full-length zip with a stormflap over the outside to keep the worst of the rain out. The cuffs have Velcro adjustment to lock out the wind and rain too. The hood is a fixed design with a large peak, elastication around the face, and volume adjustment at the back. You also get two small hip pockets that are not zipped but do have a fleece lining for extra comfort. Reflective piping extends across the front and back of the shoulders of the jacket so that it can be seen from any direction in the dark. The price makes this particularly attractive, but the features are good for staying dry outdoors too.  But the Bushbaby Ripstop Waterproof has no lining, so any condensation that does form will make this jacket less comfortable than some other options with mesh linings. Other jackets have hem drawcords to adjust the fit a little so that draughts can be locked out while children grow into the jacket. The hood peak is very large, so it may obscure vision easily. The hood cannot be removed or rolled into the collar and secured.

 

Outer PU-coated ripstop nylon
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 2, 3, 4 years
Weight 250g (4 years)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 20

Verdict: The Bushbaby Ripstop Waterproof’s drawbacks may be outweighed by the price, but I suspect other jackets have more advantages for many junior walkers.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Bushbaby Ripstop Waterproof 2009

Made from PU-coated ripstop nylon, the Bushbaby Ripstop Waterproof offers the basic features needed to stay dry at a competitive price. This children’s jacket has a full-length zip with a stormflap over the outside to keep the worst of the rain out. The cuffs have Velcro adjustment to lock out the wind and rain too. The hood is a fixed design with a large peak, elastication around the face, and volume adjustment at the back. You also get two small hip pockets that are not zipped but do have a fleece lining for extra comfort. Reflective piping extends across the front and back of the shoulders of the jacket so that it can be seen from any direction in the dark. The price makes this particularly attractive, but the features are good for staying dry outdoors too.  But the Bushbaby Ripstop Waterproof has no lining, so any condensation that does form will make this jacket less comfortable than some other options with mesh linings. Other jackets have hem drawcords to adjust the fit a little so that draughts can be locked out while children grow into the jacket. The hood peak is very large, so it may obscure vision easily. The hood cannot be removed or rolled into the collar and secured.

 

Outer PU-coated ripstop nylon
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 2, 3, 4 years
Weight 250g (4 years)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 20

Verdict: The Bushbaby Ripstop Waterproof’s drawbacks may be outweighed by the price, but I suspect other jackets have more advantages for many junior walkers.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Berghaus Monsoon 2009

The Berghaus Monsoon is a popular jacket for kids that has been reviewed favourably in Trail for many years. It is made from Aquafoil, a well-proven Berghaus waterproof and breathable fabric. There is a mesh lining to add extra comfort as well. The front zip has a double stormflap on the outside to keep the worst of the rain out. There are two zipped hip pockets too and these also get external stormflaps. The hood has Velcro adjustment around the face, rather than cords or elastication, and some stiffening in the peak. Drawcords are provided at the hem, and the cuffs are elasticated to lock out draughts. Some reflective piping on the front adds night-time safety. So a good set of basic features that should satisfy most kids heading outdoors.  But other jackets are lighter if weight saving is your key need. Also the Berghaus Monsoon’s hood does not roll into the collar, which again is a very useful feature. The pockets are quite small and may not be as easy to use as larger versions. Some reflective piping on the back would be good.

 

Outer Aquafoil
Inner mesh
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes 5/6 to 13+
Weight 320g (7/8 years)
Made in Thailand
Stores in the UK no info provided

 

Verdict: The Berghaus Monsoon is a good all-round design and feature set for kids heading outdoors.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Marmot Precip 2009

The Marmot Precip is a hugely popular lightweight jacket for kids. That tiny weight and packed size mean that parents can easily stash it into their rucksack when the sun is shining but rain is possible. The material is a good-quality fabric with a high level of waterproofness and breathability. There is no loose mesh inside, which could be seen as an advantage if you child tends to get tangled by such things. The front zip has a double external stormflap, while there is a single stormflap over the pocket zips. The pockets are placed high on the body, so particularly keen kids can still access these pockets while wearing a rucksack with a belt. These pockets are mesh-lined for extra ventilation. The hood is a fixed design with a peak and elasticated face. You also get a strip of reflective piping on the back of the sleeve for night walks. But the Marmot Precip’s hood cannot be rolled away, which may prove a little annoying. There is no volume adjustment on the hood either, but other children’s jackets do have Velcro volume adjustment. A stiffened or wired peak would help keep it out of the eyes too. Also the hem does not get any adjustment, again a feature of some other kids’ jackets.

 

Outer Precip nylon
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes XS-XL (boys’); XS-XL (girls’)
Weight 238g (size M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 5

 

Verdict: The Marmot Precip is a popular jacket that benefits from being very lightweight and having large easy-to-access pockets.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Regatta Diffuse 2009

Made from Isotex, Regatta’s own brand of waterproof and breathable fabric, the Diffuse children’s jacket instantly appears to have a good, small packed size. It is reasonably light too, so grown-ups won’t mind carrying it just in case it rains. The jacket has a similar design to others with a full-length front zip that has an external stormflap to keep the rain out. There are two hip pockets and a small chest pocket, which are all zipped. Some reflective piping is provided on the front, with reflective print on the back of the shoulders. The hood rolls into the collar very neatly. On the head the hood benefits from elastication around the face. All the basics are here and the price is very good.  But others have more reflective piping on the back of the jacket. There is no hem drawcord adjustment, whereas others have this (it is a feature than can allow a child to grow into a jacket without it being too draughty). The Regatta Diffuse’s hood does not get any volume adjustment either, which other jackets do feature. The hood also has a relatively large peak, which may obscure vision too easily.

 

Outer Isotex
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 3 to 12 years
Weight 352g (5/6 years)
Made in Sri Lanka
Stores in the UK 30

Verdict: The Regatta Diffuse’s hood may not fit as well as others, which lets this children’s jacket down a little.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket 2009

A superb choice for kids heading outdoors, the Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket is a frequent winner of Trail awards. The fabric is waterproof and breathable, and feels robust enough to cope with scuffs and scrapes. The mesh lining adds a little extra comfort too. There is a full-length zip, and the chest pocket and lower pockets are all get zipped access. All these zips are protected by stormflaps to keep the worst of the rain out. There is a large, fleecy chinguard at the top of the main zip, which is ideal for protecting the child from the zip. The hood can be rolled into the collar when not needed, and it has a good chance of fitting well as it benefits from volume adjustment at the rear and elastication around the face. The hood also gets a wired peak so that the child can see more easily. Reflective piping is provided on the front and back of the jacket for night walks.  But the Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket’s fabric is not as waterproof or as breathable as some others, but of course you have to pay more for that extra performance. Some other jackets are lighter too, which can be an advantage if the parent ends up carrying it all the time!

 

Outer Rainlife 5000
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 2 to 14 years
Weight 416g (3/4 years)
Made in Sri Lanka
Stores in the UK 30

Verdict: The Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket is a great jacket at a great price for kids heading outdoors in all weathers.  It won both the ‘Best Value’ and the ‘Best in Test’ accolades in our review.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009

 


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

Berghaus Monsoon 2008

The Berghaus Monsoon children’s jacket is an excellent, simple design that benefits from a good waterproof and breathable fabric with a mesh lining for extra comfort. The front zip gets a double stormflap to provide maximum protection against the rain. There are two zipped hip pockets and a hood with Velcro adjusters around the face as well as a hem drawcord and elasticated cuffs help to improve fit and keep out draughts. Some reflective piping adds safety in the dark. But jackets other than the Berghaus Monsoon are lighter and benefit from higher-rated fabric performance, while a removable hood and a hood volume adjuster would be good additions.

Outer Aquafoil Inner mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes 5-13 years (boys’); 5-13 years (girls’)
Weight 416g (11/12 years)
Made in Thailand
Verdict
The Berghaus Monsoon is an excellent all-rounder that comes with a good set of features.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008