Weighing in at 290g the Gram Comp is a lightweight shell jacket with few obstructive features and an athletic cut. It’s an appealing prospect from the off, with a tried and tested Gore-Tex Active fabric (23,000mm hydrostatic head) that I found to be both robustly waterproof and appealingly breathable. It has has a very long cut which reaches down to below the groin, giving excellent coverage from the elements. The features, however, let it down a little. There’s only one pocket: a tiny affair at the left breast barely large enough for a compass, whilst the no-fuss articulated wrists and hem do an excellent job of holding the garment in place but aren’t quite as comfy as adjustable versions. The hood has an adjuster connected to an external string which winds around the outside of the head, combined with two rather fiddly cinches on the front. The sizeable, un-wired peak makes for good enough protection once done up, but at the expense of almost any head movement at all. It’s an interesting new approach, but not a completely successful one.
VERDICT: A clean, unmuddled jacket let down by a rather muddled hood.
BEST FOR: Adventure racers.
Review by Dan Aspel @