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Alpkit Sigma rain jacket: reviewed

Alpkit's mid-range Sigma rain jacket has much to commend it, but how reliable is it in extreme conditions? Pat Kinsella puts it to the test.

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5

Our review

A three-layer, all-season no-fuss jacket that’s fully recycled and totally recyclable
Pros: Competitive price
Recycled, three-layer material
Effective hood
Cons: No vents
Not suitable for extreme weather

Alpkit Sigma 

Buy now for men from Alpkit (RRP £159.99)


Buy now for women from Alpkit (RRP £159.99)

This unpretentious but highly practical jacket from Peak District brand Alpkit is a decent performer in the hills, and it’s available for a pocket-pleasing price, too.

The three-layer construction is warm as well as being weatherproof and breathable, and it’s made from entirely recycled (and recyclable) single polymer material. The Sigma is sufficiently waterproof for most adventures, with a Hydrostatic Head of 15,000mm, but isn’t as stormproof as some pricier jackets.

The easily adjustable peaked hood has a single drawcord and toggle at the back, and with a high collar provides brilliant protection from all but the most vicious, sideways rain. There are two hand pockets, which aren’t as big as many others, but they do accommodate OS sheet maps. The cuffs can be tightened with Velcro and the hem has two toggles to keep the coat in place. Reviewed by Pat Kinsella

Facts at a glance:

  • Weight: 400g
  • Fabric: 140gsm 50D, 100% recycled polyester ripstop
  • Vents: None
  • Hood: Peaked, with a rear adjustment toggle
  • Pockets: Two exterior hand pockets
  • Hydrostatic Head: 15,000mm

Also consider:

Montane Spirit Jacket

The Spirit is available in men’s and women’s versions.

A waterproof 2.5-layer fabric, a great hood, map-sized pockets, a weight of less than 400g… plus refreshingly simple styling; the Montane Spirit has a lot going for it. It packs down brilliantly, meaning you can roll it up and stash it in your bag when the rain has subsided. It has a hydrostatic head rating of 28,000mm – which is more than some tent fly sheets, plus fully taped seams and an internal storm flap to really keep the rain out. A great mid-range option. Reviewed by Pay Kinsella

Sprayway Vihar waterproof jacket

Like the Alpkit Sigma, the Sprayway Vihar is not bling, and its no-frills styling won’t turn heads in country pubs. But it’s a solid performer with an effective Gore-Tex waterproof membrane and a decent hood – all for a pleasing price. It’s fully windproof and waterproof, and made from recycled materials so gets the thumbs up for its eco credentials. Reviewed by Rob Brock


Still searching for the perfect waterproof jacket?

See our guide to the best rain jackets for this year.