At the time of press the Regatta website was listing the Hewitts III for £66, so it’s worth bearing that price in mind over the official RRP when considering your purchase. In many ways that lower figure helps, as this is very much a garment built down to a price point rather than up to any technical ideal. Compared to the other items on this page the design is bulky, the details are unsophisticated and the performance is not particularly impressive. This is all most obvious in the zips and fastenings as well as the exposed and sometimes loose stitching. In terms of features there are many here, from large hand pockets to an adjustable and removable hood, pit zips (themselves unfortunately quite uncomfortable against the arm on the inside), hem adjusters, a shoulder pocket and fabric pouches on the inside too. The whole package weighs 769g (medium), which is very heavy for what it is. The positives are that it does retain warmth, repel light moisture and offer some degree of stretch comfort, but I’m not sure they outweight the negatives in this case, despite the price.
VERDICT: A low-priced option that fails to impress.
BEST FOR: Limited budgets.
Review by Dan Aspel @mountainmeeple