Sprayway Vista Jacket
(reviewed by Orlaith)
I recently got a Vista waterproof jacket and so far, it has kept me dry and comfy all day on the hill.
This jacket is extremely waterproof with GORE-TEX® material that keeps out water while still letting out un-needed heat and it is also quick drying. A jacket built to take on the rough weather conditions we experience each day on the Irish hills and mountains.
Its combination of mesh and taffeta lining keep you super comfortable and dry all day long. The longer women’s hill fit is protective and sits just below the hips. There is an extra comfy large, peaked hood that is not only very snug but also rolls neatly away into the collar, I really like that feature! I find the large peak very handy for keeping that all too familiar rain out of my eyes. I am loving the big pockets too, they can easily hold a map, gloves, compass and supply of jellies etc.
Concealed waist and hem draw cords make for easy adjustment to suit your own comfort. It is the ultimate waterproof shell for hikes in exposed mountain conditions. There is a comfy piece of fabric that can (if needed) be attached to cover the chin to protect it from the cold, wind and rain. It was really snug the first time I put it on and it didn’t need any wearing in.
A two-way zip is useful to let out unwanted heat. Zips can be full length or halfway to get that ventilation whenever it is required! It is although a pity that there are no venting zips under the arm as this would allow even more heat to escape, that is the one con that I found with the jacket.
The Velcro adjustments on the cuffs are made to not scratch at your hand which is a nice touch. You can also wear it on a walk through a forest or lower land walk as it is not specifically a jacket for just mountain or hill walking so I use this jacket a lot, it is my go-to rain jacket on a daily basis as well as my mountain rain jacket.
To conclude, I would certainly recommend the Sprayway Vista Waterproof Jacket as it is over all a superb jacket that looks well on and I would give it an 8.5/10 ( only deducting for the lack of underarm ventilation ).