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Sprayway Torridon Jacket | Review

A remastering of a classic that’s been built with rainy hillwalking days in mind

Why We Chose The Sprayway Torridon Jacket: Perfect for rainy days on the hill, cool retro-styling, a classic reborn.

Originally launched in 1988, the Sprayway Torridon quickly rose through the ranks so that by the mid-nineties it had well and truly established iconic status in the UK hillwalking scene. If your mum didn’t have one of these for her outdoor strolls, you can guarantee that your dad, almost certainly, did.

For 2019, Sprayway have brought the Torridon back to life; modernising it in the process so that its fit for purpose in a present day context. The purple, green, and yellow colourway, which immediately brings to mind Britpop and the Manchester rave scene of the nineties, is still here. So’s the keep-you-dry Gore-Tex, albeit with a 21st century update. Squint your eyes at it from across the room and you might even believe that Sprayway have just rooted about in their cupboards, and dug out an old Torridon that was collecting dust.

“The jacket originates from the rainiest place on Earth (also known as Manchester)”

We don’t intend that as a criticism of the new Torridon. Instead, see it more as a testament to Sprayway’s admirable “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach that means the jacket is updated in the places it needs to be without sacrificing what made the original so great in the first place. Everything your parents loved about this waterproof jacket is still here, except it’s just better now. So much better.

The jacket utilises the latest 3-layer Gore-Tex PFC-free technology, and comes equipped with a durable 75D recycled polyester outer face. A fully adjustable stormproof hood, meanwhile, combined with the double storm flap means the Torridon is built to properly keep the elements out on those wet and wild days in the hills. This is especially apt when you consider the jacket originates from the rainiest place on Earth (also known as Manchester).

Other useful features include long underarm ventilation with waterproof zips, an internal valuables pocket, Velcro cuffs and a drawcord at the hem. There are also two huge zipped handwarmer pockets that can be accessed when you’re wearing a backpack hipbelt or climbing harness.

The new Torridon will relaunch in winter 2019 and has been built with Sprayway’s ‘Function First’ ethos at its heart; an ethos, it’s worth pointing out, that stems all the way back to 1974 when founders John and Simon set up Sprayway above a Mancunian launderette. From a tiny seed grows the mightiest of waterproof coats, and all that. Great jacket, this. Really great.

We're big fans of that retro styling. Photo: Chris Johnson
The jacket utilises 3-layer Gore-Tex. Photo: Chris Johnson
The Torridon's hood is fully adjustable. Photo: Chris Johnson

Tester’s Verdict

Jack Clayton, Mpora Editor

“I first came across this lovely retro rain jacket at ISPO 2019 and was instantly smitten with it. That old school, nostalgic, styling repurposed for 2019, it was a proper trip down memory lane and my highlight of the show; the one I was thinking about on the plane home.

“Of course, waterproof jackets need to do more than just look good and so I was looking forward to taking it on a rainy weekend in Wales. The forecast was mixed to say the least but I’m glad to report that the Torridon held up really well, with the 3-layer Gore-Tex keeping me dry on a wet and windy walk on the edge of the Brecon Beacons.

“My only real complaint would be that the product’s not as breathable as other waterproof jackets I’ve tried, especially when the sun emerges from behind a cloud. The pit zips certainly help, but it is a very thick shell. Still, that thickness certainly helps durability-wise, and well, it looks amazing and that’s what matters right?”

Lock yourself in against the elements. Photo: Chris Johnson
Large handwarmer pockets easily big enough for an OS map. Photo: Chris Johnson
Underarm ventilation. Photo: Chris Johnson

Trade Secrets

Adam Starkie, Sprayway Designer

“The original Torridon was an iconic jacket that was revolutionary on release. In creating the new Torridon, we followed the steps which were taken when creating the original jacket. This took a function first approach, combined with authenticity, Uniqueness & a new sustainability element. The final result is a new iconic jacket which encapsulates everything which Sprayway stands for.”

Sprayway Torridon Jacket

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