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Sprayway Cape Wrath Jacket

Son-in-law Dan collecting stream water on a damp Dartmoor morning and happy with the protection from the elements provided by the Sprayway Cape Wrath [©MG]

The Cape Wrath is a light and packable waterproof jacket from Sprayway constructed using Gore-Tex Paclite technology, writes Mike Gormley.

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I have not covered anything from Sprayway for a long time but recently became reconnected with the Greater Manchester based company at this years OTS event.

Dan in Sprayway Cape Wrath Jacket, accompanied by his son, moving out in the rain over a clapper bridge at the top end of the River Teign [©MG]

Having spent time on Cape Wrath in the far north-west of Scotland I reckon this jacket has something to live up to to justify its name. Despite this it is a lightweight pack-away jacket and to this end it is made with Gore-Tex Paclite. Recently I have got to wear it a few times but last weekend as I write, we got to fully try how well it stands up to the wind and rain. It did, and well.

Sprayway Cape Wrath as new ~ note the lack of locking toggles on the hood drawcords [©MG]

This jacket is light at just 400gms and can be packed into its own pocket for easy stowage when not in use. It is an easy to wear jacket and ideal for better weather use when there is the possibility a good rainstorm might appear over the hill as well as being a good travel jacket. This one will soon be off to the USA with son-in-law Dan, who was my Dartmoor model.

The Cape Wrath Jacket neatly packs away into one of its own pockets [©MG]

Ideal for this sort of trip on a summer weekend where the weather turned nasty, it has the expected features such as adjustable hem and cuffs as well as a hood with a wired peak and a pull-cord volume adjuster. For me the minor fail on what is otherwise a very usable hood is the pull-cord has to be tied off at the chin and does not have adjust lock tags as fitted to the hem and volume adjuster. Much less convenient to use.

Here you can see the hook and loop cuff adjusters which proved good in bad weather [©MG]

Sprayway are doing their bit for the planet with this jacket as it is made for 100% recycled polyester.

Dan wearing Sprayway Cape Wrath with a morning brew in the rain ~ aka Dartmoor Sunshine [©MG]
As we headed off the moor the rain got a touch serious ~ a good test for the Cape Wrath Jacket which was able to keep it out [©MG]

[images © Mike Gormley]

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