One of the Ultra Tour’s strongest features is its hood, which fits well with no gaps, and along with the peak ensures you stay dry even in wind and heavy rain. The hood’s front adjusters are on the inside, which looks tidy and stops the elastic draw cords jumping around in the wind. It does mean you need to open the jacket to make any minor adjustments – not ideal in the rain. The length is very good, covering the rear fully, great for ensuring you stay dry even when wearing a rucksack. It is a little snug over the hips with a tendency to ride up, especially with layers underneath, so make sure you check the size for your body shape. The sleeves are a good length with adjustable cuffs. To aid breathability there are discreet pit zips which are perfect for when you are working very hard. All the zips have good zip pulls which are easy to use with gloves. The pockets are all rather small and, other than hands, you can only fit a smart phone or compass in them. Luckily the main pockets are positioned well to ensure you can use them while wearing a harness or rucksack with hip belt. At 374g it feels lightweight and doesn’t take up too much room in your pack when it is stowed away.
► Verdict: A light and comfortable jacket with some great features.
► Best for: Showers, storms, drizzle – it will keep you dry through them all.
Review by Jen Roberts @jenroberts70