Spray­way San­ti­ago / At­lanta £90

Trail (UK) - - GEAR - TESTER Jon Ben­nett

■ Ma­te­ria●s 2-layer hy­drodry with loose mesh lin­ing

■ Me■’s XS-XXXL (San­ti­ago)

■ Wome■’s 8-20 (At­lanta)

■ Weight 606g (M)

This jacket is made with 2-layer Hy­drodry fab­ric. Al­though on pa­per this is not the most breath­able fab­ric, the mesh lin­ing on the in­side very ef­fec­tively man­aged con­den­sa­tion and kept me drier from con­den­sa­tion than the other lower-priced jack­ets. There are two hand­warmer pock­ets and a map-sized chest pocket. The fold­away hood has face draw­cords and rear vol­ume ad­just­ment. Com­pared with the other low­er­priced op­tions there’s a good length to the jacket and it felt warmer ow­ing to the air gap pro­vided by the mesh lin­ing. How­ever, al­though the hood pro­tected my face it did not turn well with my head. The hand­warmer pock­ets were also not easy to ac­cess when wear­ing a ruck­sack and the chest pocket

was closed by Vel­cro, rather than a more se­cure zip.

PROS Price, con­den­sa­tion man­age­ment, lots of fea­tures and good pro­tec­tion in gen­eral

CONS Heavy com­pared to oth­ers and hood does not move with the head

BUY IT IF... you want a good all­rounder at a su­perb price and don’t need ei­ther the light­est or ab­so­lute best per­for­mance on the hill

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