Sprayway describes the Halt as an ‘insulated hill jacket.’ It has a fixed layer of 80g thermal insulation providing warmth and a two-layer Gore-Tex outer for waterproofing (which also helps the insulation keep its warmth). If you’re planning on being out in the cold this winter then the combination of the two will appeal, although it does restrict the Halt to being a winter only product.
The jacket’s cut is spot on, with a longer mid-section providing extra protection against the weather. The hand-warmer pockets are accessible when wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. The jacket is comfy as well as being warm, although at 780g it’s nowhere near the lightest on test, with the insulating layer also making it considerably bulkier when packed away in a rucksack, taking up slightly more room than a football.
The Halt’s hood is fully volume-adjustable, with a stiffened peak that keeps its shape in strong winds. It can also be rolled away when not in use. A lack of ventilation on the jacket hints, once again, to its suitability only in very cold weather. This omission also means that high-energy activities will quickly see the inside of the jacket becoming sweaty and stuffy.
Despite the drawbacks, if you’re into casual hiking and you want to stay on the trails this winter, come rain or shine, the Halt will suit you well. It’s a little on the heavy side and the added bulk will be noticeable, but for cold weather strolls it’s great.
In a line: Great for strolls in cold weather.
- Weight and packsize: 6
- Features: 7
- Ventilation: 4
- Value for money: 8
- Overall: 7