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Sprayway Reaction Jacket tested and reviewed

This Gore-Tex jacket comes at a competitive price – but how does it perform when you're out in the elements? Pat Kinsella trail-tests the Sprayway Reaction waterproof jacket

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
Blue-green rain jacket for walkers

Our review

Perfect, unpretentious protection for all-weather walking in the British countryside
Pros: Competitive price
Good hood
Spacious pockets
Cons: Relatively heavy
Lacks vents

Sprayway Reaction Jacket, rrp £180-£200


This two-layer, reasonably priced recycled Gore-Tex jacket offers reliable protection against pretty much everything the British weather is likely to throw at you all through the wetter and wilder seasons. If you do most of your walking in the countryside, venturing up the occasional hill but rarely visiting higher peaks in extreme conditions, then this coat is absolutely perfect.

Down to earth and highly functional, it’s totally wind and waterproof, with a really good hood featuring a protective peak, and a collar that zips right up to your nose, with a soft chin protector to avoid any rubbing or pinching.

There are three spacious zipped pockets on the outside and a little pouch on the inside. The split hem and cuffs are all easily adjustable. It’s not the lightest jacket we’ve tested, but it is warm – sometimes even a little too toasty, and the one big omission on this otherwise excellent jacket is pit vents.

The mesh and taffeta lining is genuinely comfortable, whatever you’re wearing beneath this jacket, and there’s plenty of freedom of movement. The women’s version is longer (just covering the bum) and about 20 quid more expensive. Review: Pat Kinsella

Facts at a glance:

  • RRP: £180 (men’s), £200 (women’s)
  • Weight: 640g
  • Fabric: 100% recycled polyester outer, 100% polyamide lining, 100% polyester mesh / 2-layer Gore-Tex fabric with a 75D recycled polyester plain weave face
  • Vents: None
  • Hood: Peaked, with one point of adjustment
  • Pockets: 2 large hand pockets and 1 chest pocket, plus 1 velcro chest pocket on the inside

Ready to buy? 

Also consider: Berghaus Glissade III Interactive (Women’s) / Cornice III Interactive (Men’s) waterproof jackets, rrp £240

The Glissade (for women) and its twin brother the Cornice (for men) are cut a bit longer than most rain jackets, giving you that bit more protection against wind and rain. They are relatively thick and generously cut, too, coming into their own in cold weather. Berghaus sells compatible fleeces that zip into the lining, giving you an ‘interactive’ winter coat without the faff of layering – but one you can adapt to suit when the weather warms up. On the down side, there are no vents to cool you down if you overheat. Review: Pat Kinsella

• Want to know more? Read our detailed reviews of the Glissade and Cornice.


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