Review: Sprayway Malin insulated jacket
Sprayway’s new women’s Malin jacket is a lightweight, highly compressible micro baffle jacket filled with 700+ water-resistant down.
- TecSHELL 20D recycled polyamide ripstop fabric with PFC Free DWR coating
- 95g (10) of 700+ fill 90/10 water resistant duck down (fully traceable)
- Micro baffle stitch-through construction
- Grown on semi elastane bound hood with shape peak
- Reversed centre front zip with insulated placket
- 2 zipped hand pockets.
- Stretch mesh inner zipped security pocket
- Elastane cuffs
- Drawcord adjustable hem
- Supplied with stuff sack
- Weight: 325g
- RRP: £170
- See: Sprayway.
Water resistant down uses 90/10 natural duck down with 700cc.in/oz fill power (European standard).
In addition, a water-repellent Teflon treatment allows the down filaments to resist moisture and dry faster.
TecSHELL fabrics are light, packable and highly wind resistant. Their densely woven construction means they are durable and down-proof. TecSHELL fabrics also have a DWR coating for added water resistance.
On test: Sprayway Malin insulated jacket
I am impressed with this jacket. I would normally think of Sprayway products as lesser products compared to the “glossier” brand such as Arc’teryx, Rab, Mountain Hardwear etc… But this is a great jacket.
It looks good and feels nice to wear.
It is lightweight yet warm. In fact, my husband was wearing a 700-fill jacket by Rab as the same time as I was wearing this Sprayway jacket and he said he was chilly, while I felt quite warm. Of course, it might simply be that I was feeling warmer generally than he was, or I had more layers on underneath but I thought this was interesting.
It is the windproofing that I have found to be good with this jacket. As well as being lightweight and insulating thanks to the duck down, it doesn’t let the wind penetrate.
The hood is a snug fit and the pockets are useful. There is an elastic drawcord at the base of the jacket if you want to pull it more snugly around your bum.
The arms and torso are long enough for me and I am fairly tall. To be honest, I think they jacket is quite roomy in the torso area. It’s UK10 and I can easily fit several lightweight layers underneath. This could be good or bad depending on what you are looking for.
If you like a snug fit, go down a size but if you want a jacket to fit over other clothes or you like a roomier fit, go for your normal size.
The DWR coating and water resistant down fill are excellent assets. I have tested the jacket in the rain and it maintains its warmth for a while. It’s never pleasant wearing a wet down jacket, however, and I usually add a waterproof jacket over the top in heavy rain. Still, it’s good to have these features just in case.
There is one thing I am not so keen on. I find the hood makes a bit of an annoying crinkling sound when it is on my head. I don’t know why but it seems to rustle against my hair!
The jacket is also quite pricey at £170. I have seen it on sale for about £135, which seems a lot more attractive but I do think this is a good quality jacket and from a usually very under-stated brand. More like this please Sprayway.
I wear this sort of jacket for walking, skiing and generally just being in Scotland in winter. For extra warmth I double up the Sprayway with the Berghaus Nula hybrid.