Regatta is known for making good kit at entry level prices, and at £86 this is easily the cheapest jacket on test – so how does it do?
This is a good jacket. The fabric is waterproof, breathable Isotex 15,000 with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish. The jacket has a mesh lining, something that in general I’m not too keen on, but it doesn’t make the coat feel too bulky.
The Cross Pennine Jacket scores highly on pockets. There are two main pockets with a soft lining, and two external chest pockets for valuables. Then there’s another large, map-sized pocket on the inside: a great feature in a hiking jacket.
There are two fairly large vents under the arms to let air in when you warm up, and the Velcro sleeves are spacious enough to be rolled up for more ventilation too. The hem is easily adjustable with one hand and the zip pulls have toggles to make them easy to use when you’re wearing gloves.
The only downside of the jacket is the hood. It’s spacious with a slightly stiffened peak, but the fit and adjustment aren’t great. This is a shame, as the rest of the jacket, including the looks and fit, is so good for the price.