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Sprayway TL Reaction Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

Reduced by £170 I saw this jacket and brought it without question. The longest it has been in the rain was half an hour and water continualy beaded so who knows who long I could be dry in driving rain.

It is extremely breathable with massive double zip pit vents. Three huge pockets all capable of taking maps, good sized handwarmer pocket and an internal pocket ideal for keys and phones. The hood is great with good movement and with comfortable face and chin coverage.

I see absoloutely no problems with this coat, but some argue weight is a problem, however this doesn't bother me.

Fabric: Gore-tex XCR
Fill: N/A
Price Paid: £69.99

Version reviewed: 383

Bought the Sprayway last week. I used it yesterday for walking in the near forest.

This jacket seems to have similar qualities (and defaults) as my old Berghaus 3-goretex-layers one: it is heavy (960 g), but really comfortable. Here you have big covered zippers, 2 way underarm zippers, 5 pockets (the small ones at the downside are made for guys like me who don't know what to do with their hands), a good hood. I don't like the new 2-finger cord fixations which are vertical to the cords: inside the pockets they seem difficult to operate. So maybe I will exchange them with the old ones from my Berghaus: these are much faster to operate.

Finally, I bought it because I wanted to have a jacket which is a bit warm by itself, means there is a thin fleece layer inside, which collects transpiration and will be warm when I'm extenuated by a long journey: there is nothing better then a good jacket to avoid shuddering while outdoors.

The Sprayway is near to a parka by its length, and it sizes big: I got a small one instead of medium as usual. Beautiful red colour near Mountain Equipment's red... what became important when the vendor told me, "there are no more differences in quality between gore-tex products, because all these products must be homologated by gore-tex", so only cut and colour and gadgets remain to make the difference. Anyone to know more about quality differences this year?

Finally, big compliments to Berghaus: I used my old Berghaus Jacket ten years (!!!), really often, from climbing and hiking to skiing and wearing it in the city. I only had to impregnate it more often the last 2 years, especially at the underarms.

I will review the Sprayway again in September -- hope it will stand my long trek.

Fabric: Sprayway
Price Paid: 640 DM/alpinist reduction

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